US General to Troops: Karzai's Threatening Us
Afghan president's comments put military on alert
By Kevin Spak, Newser User
Posted Mar 14, 2013 12:53 PM CDT
Afghan President Hamid Karzai gestures as he addresses the Afghan Parliament in Kabul, Afghanistan, March 6, 2013.   (AP Photo/Anja Niedringhaus)

(Newser) – The US commander in Afghanistan put the troops on high alert yesterday, saying they were in extra danger after the latest salvo of anti-American rhetoric from Afghan president Hamid Karzai, including one that sounded like an outright threat, the New York Times reports. In a speech Tuesday, Karzai said that if the US didn't hand over Bagram prison soon, the Afghan government would take it from them. Gen. Joseph Dunford released a command threat advisory saying those "inflammatory" remarks "could be a catalyst for some to lash out against our forces."

The advisory warned that the remarks could spark opportunistic militant attacks, and that Karzai "may also issue orders that put our forces at risk." A number of Afghan leaders have issued a statement distancing themselves from Karzai's comments, the latest in a line of anti-American rants. This weekend, Karzai suggested that the US and Taliban were colluding to keep the war going, and he recently banned US special ops troops from a key province.

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OuttaHere
Mar 16, 2013 10:41 AM CDT
The anger is misspent folks. While I agree with everyone that we are not appreciated by the Afghans, I also remember what happened when the Russians pulled out and left Mohammed Najibullah. The Taliban castrated him, dragged him to death behind a truck and then hung his body from a traffic light. Karzai knows all of this too and is walking a tightrope. He doesn't want the same fate as Najibullah. Pay no attention to his rhetoric. It is intended to keep attention on the country and NATO troops there and the Taliban out of power. If they get the country back, every American who died there or was wounded will have suffered for nothing.
Invince
Mar 15, 2013 12:55 PM CDT
Holyfriendof what? You are an ultimate traitor! We did not go to war, they came to us and stabbed us in the heart, do you remember the 9/11' did you listen to the blackboxes of the aeroplanes that was used like an ICBM to destroy us on 9/11' I suggest you carry your bags and go to any opium country you wish, from afganistan to Yemen or to somalia, your smell already stinks, if you really mean what you have said you should not ask for any right and protection from your motherland USA especially if you are held as a hostage there...
holyfriendof
Mar 15, 2013 12:03 PM CDT
After reading comments about Afghan's President and his statement, I'd like to comment on living in an alien country, the United States. What makes it alien to me (even though I was born here and am considered a US citizen by the government) is that the name of Christ/Christian is used and associated with the unholy wars against other countries. Jesus Spirit is not in these conquests carried on by the U.S. He is not! How other countries live and what they do, their religion and practices, their natural resources, are their's and none of the U.S.'s business. I know that the global population is bigger and that world trade have much to do with the self-interests of the U.S., but this country, though founded on lamb-like principles, has quickly become a dragon in it's GREED and ruthlessly evil purpose to dominate. Young men, do not go to war for this country.. the U.S. ARE the "bad guys". Anyone that wants to see this truth, can. Others... just a little while. People tell me to move my sorry ass to Russia, and all other kinds of similar remarks. But as an alien to the spirit of Anit-Christ, I look for a better country, even an heavenly. God's speed to the workers of righteousness!