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Karzai not only at odds with US, but his countrymen, too

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Stars and Stripes, 27 November 2013

AAN’s Kate Clark is quotes in this analysis in the latest Afghan-US spat, after President Karzai’s refusal to sign the BSA soon:

“Karzai might also be stung by what he sees as American interference, Kate Clark, an analyst with the Kabul-based Afghanistan Analysts Network said. ‘From Karzai’s point of view, he sees U.S. forces killing Afghan civilians and entering their homes and believes they tried to interfere in the last presidential election and are blocking the “peace process.” So if he gives them the BSA, what checks will there be on U.S. behavior?’ … ‘To be frank, he’s never found an American red line before,’ Clark said. ‘There’s been bad times and bad disputes, but they’ve always come back with money and troops.’

‘I’m finding it hard to conceive of how President Karzai can back down and sign the (security agreement) right now, particularly in the timeline the Americans have given him,’ Clark said. ‘He was given the perfect political cover to sign it by the Loya Jirga and he didn’t take it.’”

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