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Afghan Leader Wants $2 Billion Annually From U.S.

Afghan President Hamid Karzai speaks during a gathering in Kabul on April 17.
Afghan President Hamid Karzai speaks during a gathering in Kabul on April 17.
By RFE/RL's Radio Free Afghanistan
Afghan President Hamid Karzai says that his government needs at least $2 billion a year from the United States after it withdraws its troops by 2014.

In a speech in Kabul, Karzai said the United States should specify how much it will give to Afghanistan in a strategic pact that is being negotiated between Kabul and Washington.

The Afghan government has already achieved two preconditions for signing the treaty -- the full control of Afghan prisons and the controversial night raids.

Both Kabul and Washington hope the agreement, which will govern post-2014 ties, could be signed before a NATO summit in Chicago in May.

In his speech, Karzai also warned the Taliban that their attacks will only work to prolong the foreign presence in Afghanistan.

His comments come after a series of coordinated attacks hit Kabul and three other Afghan cities, leaving 35 insurgents, 11 members of the Afghan security forces, and four civilians dead.

Karzai said the attacks on April 15 only killed Afghans and caused damage to the country's infrastructure and economy.

Reuters news agency quoted Karzai as saying, "You did nothing for Islam, you did not work for Afghanistan's independence, and you did not work for its people, freedom, and development."

But Karzai, in an apparent effort to keep alive reconciliation efforts and hopes of a possible peace deal before foreign troops leave in 2014, also said he would continue to call the Taliban "brothers".

With reporting by AP, AFP, and Reuters
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by: Bill Webb from: Phoenix Arizona USA
April 17, 2012 23:22
The taliban is one of the most sophisticated organized crime syndicates in the World. With their tremendous resources gained by selling heroin to every country in the world, they have managed to hold off the U.S and NATO for 10 years, while their leadership sits fat and happy in Pakistan.
Pakistan needs to drop the idea that these terrorist networks are the only thing between Pakistan and their domination by India. Pakistan's estimated gross domestic product as of 2011 is US$ 202 billion and India's is US$ 1.843 trillion. They need to settle the Kashmir question with India, get rid of these terrorists and join the industriized nations of the world and leave Afghanistan to do so also. Once Afghanistan gets rid of the poppy fields and makes these criminals get legitimate jobs, and stop supporting the terrorists, their economy will grow like it should, and they won't need $2 billion a year from the US.

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