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By Kody Fairfield

Former Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai claimed Wednesday that the Islamic State militant group (ISIS) was a tool of the U.S. Karzai, a former ally to Washington who has become increasingly critical of U.S. foreign policy, said America’s’ two-year fight against ISIS has been “weak,” reports Newsweek.

Speaking to Voice of America’s (VOA) Afghan Service, Karzai criticized a recent U.S. attack on ISIS in Afghanistan. On April 13, the U.S. dropped the largest ever non-nuclear weapon —known as the mother of all bombs—on an ISIS stronghold in the country’s east. Karzai said the attack, which he condemned at the time, failed to eliminate the group. (The assault killed 95 ISIS militants), explained Newsweek.

“I consider Daesh [the U.S.’] tool,” Karzai went onto say, using the Arabic acronym for the Islamic State, explained Newsweek. “I do not differentiate at all between Daesh and America.”

The U.S. is currently battling ISIS in Afghanistan, along with NATO forces and local troops. Washington had promised to defeat the the group by the end of the year, while combined military efforts have already cut the number of districts ISIS holds from more than 10 to between three and five. (Afghanistan is split into 398 districts), reports Newsweek.

Karzai, who used to work closely with the U.S. during his time as the Afghan president, has become increasingly critical. He has accused the U.S. of sharing a common goal with the Taliban to destabilize Afghanistan. And in 2014, he refused to meet with then-President Barack Obama at a Bagram military base during a surprise visit with troops.

Karzai seems to be lending his support to another country: Russia. During his VOA interview, he brushed away claims—made by the U.S. and rights groups—that Russia has been assisting the Taliban in Afghanistan. Moscow, which supports including the militants in peace talks, says it has never armed the group, but it has communicated with them, says Newsweek.

“[Russia] talk[s] to the Taliban, the U.S. also talks to the Taliban. Norway, Germany and other countries also talk to them,” Karzai said. “Russia has the right to hold talks with the Taliban.”

Karzai was also scathing of the U.S.’ refusal to attend Moscow-brokered talks last week on the future of Afghanistan, telling VOA that Washington is not sincere about bringing peace to the country. The U.S. had declined to attend the summit, the third of its kind, saying that Russia’s motives were unclear, concluded Newsweek.

EDITOR’S NOTE: This story is a reporting of comments pertinent to global foreign policy, it is not a representation of the author or The Libertarian Republic.
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Kody Fairfield

Kody Fairfield, 26, hails from Orange County, California. He attended the University of Wisconsin- La Crosse pursuing his degree in Political Science and Public Administration. Kody found his passion in politics early, connecting first to our third President, Thomas Jefferson, but expanding into activism with his introduction to the Paul (Ron and Rand) family. In 2016, Kody was a delegate for the Libertarian National Convention, and helped to support Austin Petersen in his bid for the nomination. As a staunch believer in free markets, individual rights, and limited government, Kody began writing for Liberty Viral and The Libertarian Republic in 2016. In January of 2017, Kody was named the Editor-in-Chief of TLR and currently holds the Ambassador At-Large Chair for the Libertarian Party of Orange County, Ca. He believes that with the right messaging, the ideas of liberty will continue to grow. When Kody isn't politicking, he is busy managing a CrossFit gym, or spending time with family, friends and his dog.

  • Jukwa

    One cannot ‘see’ that which is not there.

    This latest rise in sunni terrorism can be squarely placed at the feet of foolish and self-destructive US warmongers.

    American warmongers do not seem to understand and appreciate the insidiousness & SELF-DESTRUCTIVENESS of promoting inimical islamic caliphate, which has terroristic origins going back centuries.

    Since the 1980’s, American warmongers along with the Saudis and other sunni terrorist-accomplice countries have been supporting and arming and training and funding the sunni terrorists from Afghanistan and to the rest of the world.

    Today the US continue to support, arm and train the sunni terrorists in Syria.

    Who with half-a-brain cannot correctly conclude that Saudi oil money IS
    PRIMARY SOURCE OF FUNDING for sunni terrorists and American mercenaries?

    If the violence-loving Americans wanted tomorrow they could have WORK TO CUT OFF the funding of sunni terrorists.

    After all, the sunni terrorists DO NOT WORK or run businesses!
    Sunni terrorists DO NOT MANUFACTURE ARMS!
    Yet the countless sunni terrorists never seem to be out of arms and money to pay room and board and other expenses.

    How hard would it be for Americans to identify the source of finances for sunni terrorists, AND CUT IT OFF?