- Post 02 October 2012
- By Susan Jones | CNSNews.com
(CNSNews.com) - "The reason for the NATO and American intervention in Afghanistan was terrorism," Afghan President Hamid Karzai told the CBS program "60 Minutes"in a report that aired on Sunday. But, he added, "Terrorism has not gone away. It has increased."
Karzai listed a number of foreign groups that he says are sending fighters to his country: "Name them al Qaeda, name them Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan, name them Haqqani, name them Taliban, whatever. They're still there. And they have the ability to continue 10 years on to come and hurt us and kill your troops and kill our troops, kill our civilians. We must then question how come they've returned?"
Karzai told Logan, "Something must have gone wrong" for the foreign troops to have returned.
Gen. John Allen, the top U.S. commander in Afghanistan, agreed with Karzai that "al Qaeda has come back." But Allen told "60 Minutes" that al Qaeda is "not here in large numbers. But al Qaeda doesn't have to be anywhere in large numbers."
"Al Qaeda has significance beyond its numbers, frankly," Allen continued. "And so for us, our 24-hour-a-day objective is to seek out those al Qaeda cells. And, as we seek them out, to target them and eliminate them. And we're doing that 24 hours a day. We do not want al Qaeda to feel as though it can put down roots here. That's the key."
Karzai said he disagrees with Gen. Allen, who has told him that security is much better in Afghanistan -- and it's the government that needs to improve.
"The security situation isn't perfect around the country," Gen. Allen said. "But an awful lot of the population of this country is living in an area where there is vastly improved security from where it was just a few years ago." ... Full Story...