The Taliban, once a powerful and oppressive presence in Afghanistan, does not “have the guts” to face down the government, Afghan President Hamid Karzai told the BBC. The real problem that needs attention in his country, Karzai said, is the ever-rising civilian death toll.


In an interview with the BBC, a defiant Mr Karzai dismissed threats from the militant group that it plans to step up attacks on the capital, Kabul.

Mr Karzai also said international forces in the country should do more to prevent the killings of civilians.

Aid agencies say foreign and Afghan forces have killed at least 230 civilians this year.

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