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Afghan "President" powerless to stop US killings

On 15 November, Afghan president Hamid Karzai demanded that NATO stop carrying out night raids on Afghan homes as a condition for a long-term US military presence.

As the following list of headlines makes clear, Karzai is powerless to control the occupation.

“Karzai: Stop the Air Strikes”, CBS News, 28 October 2007

“Afghan official says US-led air raid kills 22 civilians”, Reuters, 4 July 2008

“Afghanistan demands end to Nato air strikes on villagers”, Guardian, 26 August 2008

“US air power triples deaths of Afghan civilians, says report”, Guardian, 8 September 2008

“Karzai urges US to stop strikes”, BBC, 8 May 2009

“Victims’ families tell their stories following NATO airstrike in Afghanistan. ‘I took some flesh home and called it my son’’’, Guardian, 12 September 2009

“Karzai: US Should Reduce Intensity, Stop Night Raids In Afghan War”, Associated Press, 14 November 2010

“Cousin of Afghan President Is Killed in NATO Raid”, New York Times, 10 March 2011

Topics: Afghanistan