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Saturday, July 19, 2008

t r u t h o u t | Karzai Opposes US Use of Afghan Soil Against Iran

Can't launch war with Iran from Iraq?  Try the other side of Iran.  Oh, they don't want us using their country as a launching pad for war with Iran either. 

   Kabul - Afghanistan opposes U.S. use of its territory for launching a possible attack against neighbouring Iran, President Hamid Karzai said in an interview broadcast on Monday.

    Iran has threatened to target Israel and U.S. interests in the region in the event of an attack against the Islamic Republic which is locked in a dispute with the West over its nuclear programme.

    Karzai said his government, which came to power after U.S.-led and Afghan forces overthrew the Taliban in 2001, had always tried to "keep the balance between the powers".

    "We are attentive to the dangers," Karzai told Radio Liberty when asked about the possible repercussions of a conflict between Iran and the United States.

    "Afghanistan should not become the battleground of differences of any country," he said in a wide-ranging interview. "Afghanistan does not want its soil to be used against any country and Afghanistan wants to be a friend of Iran as a neighbour which shares the same language and religion."

t r u t h o u t | Karzai Opposes US Use of Afghan Soil Against Iran

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