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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