Karzai suspects US behind bombings
January 30, 2014 - 5:28:53 am
WASHINGTON: Afghan President Hamid Karzai suspects the United States may have backed insurgent-style attacks to undermine his government but has no evidence to support his theory.
Karzai, whose relations with Washington have steadily deteriorated over the years, has compiled a list of dozens of attacks that he believes the US government may have been involved in, the Washington Post wrote, citing unnamed Afghan officials.
Karzai even harbours suspicions that the Americans may have been behind a deadly attack this month on a Lebanese restaurant frequented by foreigners in Kabul, the newspaper said, quoting a presidential palace official.
However, the Afghan official acknowledged that the government had no concrete proof of a US role in any of the attacks.
The Taliban often claim responsibility for bombings employing homemade explosives and other assaults, including the recent attack on the Lebanese restaurant.
In Kabul, Afghan officials were unavailable to comment.
US officials privately scoffed at the allegations, while lawmakers vented their frustration.
“I think we have to get beyond Karzai,” Senator Carl Levin, chairman of the powerful Senate Armed Services Committee, said.
Senate Republican Kelly Ayotte said she remains “deeply concerned that he’s almost becoming delusional in terms of what the US role is there.”
The United States paved the way for Karzai’s coming to power by toppling the Taliban regime in 2001 over its support of Al Qaeda.
Washington and its Nato allies have since poured billions of dollars of aid into Afghanistan and sent tens of thousands of troops to the country to battle the Taliban.
Karzai himself has admitted accepting regular deliveries of cash from the Central Intelligence Agency.
The Afghan leader has long railed against US and Nato military operations that have left Afghan civilians dead but it remains unclear why the mercurial president would try to pin blame on the Americans for attacks associated with insurgents.