Karzai Says U.S. Should Reduce Operations' Intensity

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Afghanistan's President Hamid Karzai says the United States must reduce the visibility and intensity of its military operations in Afghanistan.

Karzai also said Saturday in an interview with The Washington Post the U.S. should end the increased Special Operations forces night raids that aggravate Afghans and could strengthen the Taliban insurgency.

He says he wants American troops off the roads and out of Afghan homes and that the long-term presence of so many foreign soldiers would only worsen the war. U.S. commander Gen. David Petraeus claims the 30,000 new troops have made substantial progress in beating back the insurgency.

Karzai says the time has come to reduce military operations and reduce the intrusion of troops into daily life in Afghanistan.

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