Threat Cancels Hagel-Karzai Press Conference
And not Karzai's statement that US, Taliban are colluding: Pentagon
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Mar 10, 2013 9:06 AM CDT
US Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel, left, meets with Afghanistan's Interior Minister Ghulam Mujtaba Patang at ISAF headquarters in Kabul, Sunday, March 10, 2013.   (JASON REED)

(Newser) – A news conference with Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel and Afghan President Hamid Karzai was cancelled because of a security threat, but the two men plan to meet privately. The cancellation comes a day after a suicide bomber on a bicycle struck outside the Afghan Defense Ministry, killing nine Afghan civilians and wounding 14 others. US officials would not provide details on the security concerns.

A Pentagon spokesman said the cancellation was not due to remarks Karzai made earlier today suggesting that the Taliban and the US are colluding to convince Afghans that violence will worsen if most foreign troops leave as planned by the end of next year.

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Mar 11, 2013 9:46 PM CDT
C'mon, Hagel was too drunk to attend the meeting. He was puking his guts out. There was no security threat. He just had to wait a while to sober up enough to talk to Karzai. I warned you people that this would happen. Our foreign policy just went further down the crapper.
Mar 11, 2013 9:15 AM CDT
So Karzai thinks he can stop the Taliban if the US pulls all it's troops out of there ? What's going on over there ? Is the strain finally getting to him. Has he lost his mind ? No US support means his head will be on a chopping block in the town square in three weeks. This guy is dellusional if he thinks his goof ball uncoordinated don't know left from right US trained Army can beat the Taliban. The Russian Army couldn't beat the Taliban. Our best troops did not beat the Taliban. If we want to get out of there the US needs to negotiate with the Taliban. Their the ones who will decide Afghanistans future. If not , this will go on until all the Taliban die of old age and the next generation wants to be like Justin Bieber and Carrie Underwood.
Mar 10, 2013 2:06 PM CDT
How many people commenting on this site have done research on Chuck Hagel? If there were an attack, who would you blame? That's right, The President.