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Karzai Spokesman Rejects Comments From U.S. Special Envoy

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The U.S. special representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan James Dobbins

The U.S. special representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan James Dobbins

Afghan presidential spokesperson Aimal Faizi has rejected comments from the U.S. special representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan, James Dobbins, who said in an interview with Voice of America on September 5 that "there is a civil war in Afghanistan."

Faizi said in a statement that, if there really is a civil war in Afghanistan, it meant the United States has not been fighting terrorism but a civil war.

Faizi said a civil war "would require no U.S. military involvement in Afghanistan."

Faizi said Afghanistan is a victim of terrorism and the "reason for the U.S. and NATO presence in Afghanistan as mandated by the United Nations is to fight against terrorism only."
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