Karzai demands end to US strikes in Afghanistan
Afghan President Hamid Karzai today demanded an end to air strikes by US and allied forces in his country, which he said has resulted in heavy civilian casualties. Early this week, some 100 civilians were killed in US air strikes, which were later regretted by US President Barack Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. The US has ordered a joint investigation into the incident with the government of Afghanistan.
"We believe strongly that air strikes are not an effective way in fighting terrorism. That's not good for the US, that's not good for Afghanistan, that's not good for the conducting of the war," Karzai told CNN in an interview. "We demand the proper conduction of operations. We demand an end to these operations," he said.
Observing that the war on terror is not fought and should not be in the Afghan villages and homes, Karzai said: "that the air strikes, especially, and sudden bursts into homes at night are not in any way good for this war." On another television show - the popular Charlie Rose show on PBS - Karzai appeared along with his. Pakistani counterpart Asif Ali Zardari, who also conceded that civilian casualties is a major issue for both the people of Pakistan and Afghanistan.