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Afghanistan vs. Britain Blame-Game

The president of Afghanistan, Hamid Karzai, has blamed Britain for the resurgence of the Taliban and its growing activity in large tracts of the country.

His remarks, made to Afghan MPs, follow a clash with Gordon Brown over the Kabul regime’s links with warlords and drugs barons.

Karzai claims Brown has threatened to withdraw British troops from Helmand province, where 31 of them have died this year, if the president reinstates two provincial governors sacked for alleged dealings in the heroin trade.

One of them is Sher Mohammed Akhundzada, the former governor of Helmand, who was forced out under British pressure two years ago after nine tons of opium and heroin were discovered in his basement. Karzai’s plan to reinstate the governors has alarmed western diplomats in Kabul and dismayed British officials.

The number of British soldiers who have died in Afghanistan since 2001 rose last week to 117 when Justin James Cupples, a 29-year-old ranger, was killed in an explosion while on foot patrol. Diplomats say it would be hard to justify such sacrifices if drug barons held sway.

However, the Taliban have made advances since Akhundzada’s departure and drug production has increased. Karzai believes Britain’s “interference” is to blame. A senior diplomat said: “UK taxpayers subsidise and British troops die to defend an administration which is paranoid, self-deluding and anti-British.”

Akhundzada is a powerful tribal leader in the area and Karzai is convinced his return would help the government reassert control. In a recent interview, Karzai said Akhundzada’s alleged links to drugs could be overlooked.

“We removed Akhundzada on the allegation of drug-running, and delivered the province to drug runners, the Taliban, to terrorists, to a threefold increase of drugs and poppy cultivation,” he said. “Now there are hundreds of tons of heroin in basements across Helmand.”

Karzai denounced Britain’s opposition to the return of Akhundzada in meetings with Afghan MPs last month. According to Khalid Pashtun, the national assembly member for Kandahar, Karzai said: “Gordon Brown told me, ‘If you are reinstating this person, we will take our forces out’.”

Karzai believes Akhundzada’s powerful militia would beat back the Taliban, allowing British troops to focus on winning “hearts and minds”.

Some western diplomats in Afghanistan suspect, however, that Akhundzada has encouraged Taliban attacks on British forces to make his tenure as governor look like “a golden age”. They fear his reinstatement could actually lead to an escalation of fighting between rival drugs gangs.

Security analysts in the country say the situation has become “even more dire”. While not taking territory, the Taliban is terrorising the population, targeting roads and restricting the government’s ability to function.


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Added: Sep-8-2008 
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  • Then again how AGGRESSIVE have the Brits been? Tea time kills! GB no longer a "Great" power,,disarmed law abiding "SUBJECTS" disarmed,,and violent crime with firearms by criminals mostly immigrants rampant since disarming,,,did not Hitler disarm it's Citizens?

    Get off of Socialism,,before its to late,,Muslim's have been storing caches of weapons for years now..

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    • Troll somewhere else please

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    • The UK has always had strong social cohesive policies because we are a small country. Foreigners simply cannot understand this country without being part of it. Its the same as an Englishman telling an American not to own guns when firearms are part of your culture heritage. You cannot compare and apple with an orange. What is right for America is not right for a small island with 60 million people.

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    • The savage British press do more to reign in the government than any number of public guns would tbh.

      As you say, america is different culturally, that and any attempt to regulate guns and gun culture now would be futile (usual stable horse metaphor).

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    • unfortunately we will soon be a Nation of Foreigners and I don't mean generations of immigrants who have assimilated into the British way of life but people who actively reject all that I hold dear

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    • Agreed...sadly Britain seems to be heading in that direction very fast!

      God Bless the UK!

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  • the west will become a heroin theme park and while were all stoned the chinese will invade and eat all our dogs

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  • mabey gordon brown nose shud fuck off
    never have we brits had such a fucking loser
    as a leader (tony blair kicked ass)
    %u201CUK taxpayers subsidise and British troops die to defend an administration which is paranoid, self-deluding and anti-British.%u201D
    fuck them leave the yanks to sort it out
    they started this war they can fix it!

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  • fuck these afghan cocksuckers let their ass go into helmand and see what happens ..the uk has my respect for their efforts in afghanistan

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  • Personally I would'nt give the bones of one dead Grenadier for the whole shithole of a country.However this is a NATO mission and we must stand firm with our allies.

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  • from British Times article
    Sept. 8

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  • Ungrateful Bastards us British have made a massive sacrifice for this shithole of a country we cant help it if their country and there ways are fucked up, lets finish the job and lets pull out and leave the sandshaggers to it.

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  • If this guy keeps opening his trap then maybe we should all take him up on it! Id give him 24 hrs before he was beheaded if ISAF left the country!

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  • Interesting point by Karzai. Sticking to one's Puritanical values may not be the best approach here. Maybe Karzai's smarter than I thought.

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  • Another grateful ally, is there any loyalty in the region? No question the bouyscoutish attitude towards heroine is a foolish move, but it's old news. We should buy it and refine it into diamorphine for medical use instead of shooting ourselves in the foot. We probably don't consume enough of the stuff though. No doubt there's be a scandal about the heroine trade instead of a scandal about this if we didn't clamp down, it's easy to snipe from the sidelines based on whatever random issue takes yo More..

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  • Karzai is just a puppet. Get that piece of shit out of there.

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  • Brown and his government are unable to manage a modern wealthy democracy , so it would come as no surprise to me to find that they were unable to manage proceedings in Afghanistan. The Afghan government is however, no doubt corrupt in some way and Karzai is a part of the problem, though I can think of no better replacement. I could be wrong, but I get the sense that this is part of a plan, that has been devised by the British, to get the Taliban to turn more towards a political solution.

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    • yep, Hayton I think you are right -it has happened before that we allow them to call us everything under the sun, so that it clears the way for the inserted Government to talk to any protaganist.

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  • Karzai is C.I.A...perhaps he's getting worried !

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