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U.S. Dismay At Karzai's Call To Reduce Military Operations


Afghan President Hamid Karzai

Afghan President Hamid Karzai

Afghan President Hamid Karzai has warned that the U.S. military must reduce "intrusiveness" into Afghan life or risk fueling the Taliban insurgency.

Karzai's comments in "The Washington Post" were met with dismay from U.S. lawmakers. They also put Karzai at odds with U.S. and NATO commander General David Petraeus, who has made capturing and killing militants a key priority.

Republican Senator Lindsey Graham, who met with Karzai this week as part of a congressional delegation, said he was "just stunned" by the president's remarks.

Graham warned that ending the night raids would be a "disaster."

compiled from agency reports
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