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U.S. Commander Warns Karzai Remarks Put Troops At Risk

Afghan President Hamid Karzai has also clashed with the U.S. military over repeated delays to the scheduled handover of Afghan detainees, New York Times reports.

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Afghan President Hamid Karzai speaks during a nationally televised speech about the state of Afghan women in Kabul, Afghanistan, Sunday, March, 10, 2013. Karzai on Sunday accused the Taliban and the U.S. of working in concert to convince Afghans that violence will worsen if most foreign troops leave as planned by the end of next year.

AFP — The U.S. commander in Afghanistan has warned his troops face an increased threat of attack from militants and rogue Afghan forces after a series of inflammatory anti-US comments from President Hamid Karzai.

NATO’s International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) confirmed the contents of a strongly-worded advisory that United States General Joseph Dunford sent to his senior commanders on Wednesday.

“Karzai’s remarks could be a catalyst for some to lash out against our forces — he may also issue orders that put our forces at risk,” Dunford said in the advisory obtained by The New York Times.

Dunford’s warning came after Karzai accused the U.S. of colluding with the Taliban to justify its presence in Afghanistan and banned foreign troops from university campuses due to unproven claims of harassment of students.

President Hamid Karzai accuses the U.S. of teaming with Taliban

Chuck Hagel: U.S. not working unilaterally with Taliban.

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel met with Afghan President Hamid Karzai Sunday night. Hagel told reporters that he discussed all the key issues with the president. He also rejected any suggestions that the U.S. is in collusion with the Taliban.

White House calls President Hamid Karzai’s accusations “categorically false.”

Skip to 16:02 to listen to the White House response to Karzai’s accusations.

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Michael Rusch is a socials editor for BuzzFeed News and is based in New York. Rusch was selected by Time as having one of the 140 Best Twitter Feeds of 2013.
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