Karzai wants conduct of war on terror improved
13 September, 2012
KABUL: The Presidential Palace on Wednesday said the campaign against terrorism has not been carried out the way it should have been, fearing more misfortunes if the course of the war is not changed.
The US-led war against the Taliban and Al Qaeda began on October 7, 2001 in Afghanistan after the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks in New York.
Eleven years on, the prolonged war did not produce the desired results, with Afghanistan witnessing a deteriorating situation, despite the loss of thousands of foreign and Afghan forces.
A statement from the Presidential Palace said the Afghans, the victim of terrorism, were in a better position than any other nation of the world to understand the grief of Americans over the loss of thousands of people in the 9/11 attacks.
The Afghans are tired of the war entering a second decade, the statement said, adding it was the first time in the country's history that the Afghans welcomed foreign troops on their soil with open arms in 2001.
"But, unfortunately, the war against terrorism could not be carried out the way it should have been," the statement said, alleging the roots of terrorism were still intact across the Afghanistan border.
As a result, the statement said, homes and villages of the Afghans had turned into battlefields, inflicting life and property losses on them.
It warned the war, if its course stayed unchanged, would fail to root out terrorism and instead new problems would emerge which would engulf regional countries and the world at large.
The commemoration of the 9/11 incident meant a renewed pledge to fight terrorism until the end and not to repeat past mistakes, the statement concluded.