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Russia: 15 years on from US invasion Afghanistan continues to suffer - Karzai01:53

Russia: 15 years on from US invasion Afghanistan continues to suffer - Karzai

Russian Federation, Moscow
April 27, 2016 at 11:22 GMT +00:00 · Published

Former President of Afghanistan Hamid Karzai stated that 15 years after the beginning of the American war in Afghanistan, the country is not politically or militarily secure, during the Moscow International Conference on Security at the Radisson Royal Hotel in the Russian capital, Wednesday.

"Towards 2004 and 2005, we began to see the reemergence of sanctuaries in our neighbourhood, the reemergence of ideological motivation to terrorism, the reemergence of financial system to them and the arrival of terrorists and extremists back into Afghanistan, of all kinds. Today, fifteen years on, not only Afghanistan is insecure, not only Afghanistan continues to suffer but so is Pakistan suffering," from the "consequences of bad policy," Karzai explained.

The former Afghani President criticised the US and its NATO alliance of not being able to fight against the terrorism and radicalisation in the region. "Either the strategy of combating the terrorism was not right or the methods applied were not correct or the way attention should have been paid to the sanctuaries, to the training grounds, to the motivation factors, to the financial resources was not done," he said, before adding "either they failed to pay attention at the right time to the right issues or from the very beginning the intention wasn't there."

The fifth International Conference on Security runs in Moscow until April 28. The event brings together more than 500 high-ranking Russian and international politicians from at least 80 countries including three deputy prime ministers, 20 defence ministers, 15 chiefs of staff, 10 international organisations and military delegations. The fight against international terrorism, security issues in the Asia-Pacific, the Middle East and the European regions as well as military cooperation are expected to top the agenda of this year's conference.

Russia: 15 years on from US invasion Afghanistan continues to suffer - Karzai01:53
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Former President of Afghanistan Hamid Karzai stated that 15 years after the beginning of the American war in Afghanistan, the country is not politically or militarily secure, during the Moscow International Conference on Security at the Radisson Royal Hotel in the Russian capital, Wednesday.

"Towards 2004 and 2005, we began to see the reemergence of sanctuaries in our neighbourhood, the reemergence of ideological motivation to terrorism, the reemergence of financial system to them and the arrival of terrorists and extremists back into Afghanistan, of all kinds. Today, fifteen years on, not only Afghanistan is insecure, not only Afghanistan continues to suffer but so is Pakistan suffering," from the "consequences of bad policy," Karzai explained.

The former Afghani President criticised the US and its NATO alliance of not being able to fight against the terrorism and radicalisation in the region. "Either the strategy of combating the terrorism was not right or the methods applied were not correct or the way attention should have been paid to the sanctuaries, to the training grounds, to the motivation factors, to the financial resources was not done," he said, before adding "either they failed to pay attention at the right time to the right issues or from the very beginning the intention wasn't there."

The fifth International Conference on Security runs in Moscow until April 28. The event brings together more than 500 high-ranking Russian and international politicians from at least 80 countries including three deputy prime ministers, 20 defence ministers, 15 chiefs of staff, 10 international organisations and military delegations. The fight against international terrorism, security issues in the Asia-Pacific, the Middle East and the European regions as well as military cooperation are expected to top the agenda of this year's conference.