Hamid Karzai is acting up. The Afghan president, who rankled top U.S. brass earlier this year with hints at split loyalties, has again come out with some fightin’ words against the American war effort in his country.

Karzai’s latest statements, this time to the Washington Post, didn’t sit well with either Gen. David Petraeus or Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on Monday, as the BBC explains below.


Hillary Clinton has defended US Afghan operations against criticism from Afghan President Hamid Karzai.

The US secretary of state said targeted attacks on the networks of militant leaders were a key part of US strategy.

The Afghan leader had told The Washington Post there should be fewer US troops, and called for an end to special forces night raids.

Gen David Petraeus, the coalition commander in Afghanistan, was said to be astonished by Mr Karzai’s remarks.

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