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Britain Accused of Undermining Afghanistan

February 6, 2008

By David Blair
London Telegraph
February 6, 2008

Britain’s troubled relations with Afghanistan’s government have worsened with the disclosure that London had secretly planned to build training camps for former Taliban fighters.

Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai, pictured on January 21, ...
Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai, pictured on January 21, said his country along with Pakistan faces “gloom and doom” from Taliban insurgents, and called for the world to “join hands” to defeat the Islamist rebels.
(AFP/File/Shah Marai)

The Afghan authorities denied any knowledge of the scheme to rehabilitate gunmen who have defected from the Taliban in Helmand province, a key opium-growing region. .
Officials said this was another example of Britain undermining President Hamid Karzai’s authority.
Two Western diplomats, one working for the United Nations and the other serving the European Union, were asked to leave Afghanistan in December after they reportedly held direct talks with Taliban commanders without Mr. Karzai’s official permission.

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