KANKASH: Security in Helmand Better Before British Troops Arrived, Karzai Says
 
Tuesday 2 September 2014
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President Karzai has questioned effectiveness of the West's intervention in Afghanistan and their mitives for leaving in an interview with British media this week.

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Before his meeting with UK Prime Minister David Cameron and Pakistani president Asif Ali Zardari, Karzai said he questioned whether western troops were "fighting in the wrong place" during their decade-long mission in Afghanistan, saying security was better in southern Helmand province before the arrival of British forces.

He said he was unclear if western forces were leaving Afghanistan because they felt they had achieved the aim of making their own countries more secure by tackling international terror groups – or because they had realised the mission was mistaken.

"They feel fulfilled with regard to the objective of fighting terrorism and weakening Al Qaeda, or they feel that they were fighting in the wrong place in the first place, so they should discontinue doing that and leave," He said.

In this edition of Kankash, host Omid Farooq looks at these comments with the following guests:

• Abdul Wodoud, member of Parliament

• Nazari Paryani, journalist

• Fazl Rahman Oria, member of National Coalition

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