Karzai: Taliban a major reality in Afghanistan

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Former Afghan President Hamid Karzai has accused that Daesh (ISIS) was a “tool” of the United States and that he does not differentiate between Daesh and America.
Karzai told VOA’s Afghan service: “After it (U.S) dropped the bomb on Afghanistan, it did not eliminate Daesh.” “I consider Daesh their tool,” he said. “I do not differentiate at all between Daesh and America.”
Karzai also dismissed criticism of Moscow’s ties with the Taliban. “They (Russia) talk to the Taliban,” Karzai said.
“The U.S. also talks to the Taliban. Norway, Germany and other countries also talk to them. Russia also has the right to hold talks with the Taliban.”
However, he told VOA: “The Taliban is a major reality in today’s Afghanistan. The Americans themselves say that they (Taliban) control 50 percent of the Afghan territory. When a force controls 50 percent, countries have no option but to talk to them. The U.S itself talks to them , they meet them in their office in Qatar.”
This comes after Karzai, on Saturday lashed out at government and the U.S over the bombing.
He said he did not recognize the government, and had decided to work to get rid of America in Afghanistan and criticized government for “allowing the U.S to drop such a big non-nuclear bomb. If government approved it, the act is treason.”
He said the bombing was an insult to Afghanistan and that the U.S was just using Daesh as an excuse.
Last Thursday, the U.S fired off a Massive Ordnance Air Blast (MOAB), commonly known as the Mother of All Bombs, against a Daesh tunnel complex in the remote area of Nangarhar. Officials said this week that 96 Daesh militants were killed in the bombing.—INP