Karzai slams NATO after 18-hour Kabul attack ends
‘Intelligence failures by US-led forces allowed the
militants to sneak into the city’:
AFGHANISTAN: Afghan President Hamid Karzai has called for an
investigation into the biggest coordinated Taliban attack on Kabul in 10
years of war.
Karzai said on Monday that intelligence failures by US-led forces
allowed the militants to sneak into the city’s most secure
neighborhoods, AFP reported.
“The terrorists’ infiltration in Kabul and other provinces is an
intelligence failure for us and especially for NATO and should be
seriously investigated,” he said in a statement.
Sunday’s offensive on the capital and elsewhere left over 50 people,
including four civilians and 11 Afghan soldiers, dead.
Washington has dismissed Karzai's claim, saying the attacks were
likely carried out by the Pakistan-based Haqqani network. Washington has
often pressed Pakistan to take on the Haqqani network, the Afghan group
fighting Western occupation forces in Afghanistan.
Pakistan says its forces are too stretched battling its own militants
and cannot chase members of the Haqqani network in the semi-autonomous
North Waziristan region, bordering Afghanistan. On Sunday, the Taliban
targeted US, British, German, and Japanese embassy buildings and NATO's
headquarters in some of Kabul’s most heavily guarded neighborhoods.