April 17 - Afghan President Hamid Karzai says Taliban attacks will only make foreign forces stay on longer in the country. Julie Noce reports.
Recent insurgent attacks in Kabul drew criticism from Afghan President Hamid Karzai Tuesday, for prolonging a foreign presence in the country. SOUNDBITE) (Dari) AFGHAN PRESIDENT, HAMID KARZA; SAYING: "You (Taliban) did nothing for Islam, you didn't work for Afghanistan's independence and you didn't work for its people, freedom and development. You worked to prolong a foreign presence in Afghanistan," A day before, Karzai criticised NATO for its lack of intel, calling it a failure. The U.S. meanwhile, is standing by NATO. Speaking at a news conference in Brazil, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton expressed support for the international body, and optimism for the situation on the ground. (SOUNDBITE) (English) U.S. SECRETARY OF STATE, HILLARY CLINTON, SAYING: "We are going to stand with the people and the government of Afghanistan and we are going to continue to work with the Afghan national security forces along with our NATO/ISAF partners, and we believe and we have evidence of this that the insurgency is failing despite their ability to launch spectacular attacks from time to time." Sunday's attacks on several Western targets in Kabul were subdued by Afghan security forces, after some 18 hours of intensive gun battles with Taliban insurgents. Julie Noce, Reuters