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Afghanistan President Karzai, soon to step down, rages against US

Published on Mar 3, 2014 5:02 PM

KABUL (AFP) - President Hamid Karzai has expressed "extreme anger" towards the United States as it prepares to end its 13-year war in Afghanistan, intensifying his criticism in his final months in power.

Mr Karzai has taken an increasingly antagonistic view of the US role in Afghanistan, despite formerly being a close ally and accepting billions of dollars in aid since he took office after the fall of the Taleban regime in 2001.

The president, who will stand down after elections on April 5, lashed out at the US government and described Al-Qaeda, the Islamist militants behind the 9/11 attacks, as "more a myth than a reality".

"To the American people, give them my best wishes and my gratitude. To the US government, give them my anger, my extreme anger," Mr Karzai told the Washington Post in an interview published on Monday.

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