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Karzai It Is By All Means The End Of The Rope Here

March 28, 2012 by staff 

Karzai It Is By All Means The End Of The Rope Here, Afghan President Hamid Karzai said Friday that he was at “the end of the rope” with the United States, which he accused of not fully cooperating with an investigation into the massacre of 16 Afghan villagers. Karzai also questioned whether only one soldier could have been involved.

A series of blunders by the United States, including the killings in Kandahar province on Sunday and the inadvertent burning of copies of the Koran at a NATO base last month, has strained already tense relations between the countries.

“This has been going on for too long. You have heard me before. It is by all means the end of the rope here,” Karzai told reporters at the heavily fortified presidential palace.
Flanked by senior officials, Karzai listened to village elders and the families of victims of the massacre, and dressed somberly in black for the start of an expected two days of talks to discuss the killings.

Some at the meeting shouted, some demanded answers, but all said they wanted any soldiers involved punished.

“I don’t want any compensation. I don’t want money, I don’t want a trip to Mecca, I don’t want a house. I want nothing. But what I absolutely want is the punishment of the Americans. This is my demand, my demand, my demand and my demand,” said one villager, whose brother was killed in the nighttime slaughter.

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