Afghan President Hamid Karzai allegedly believes the U.S. may be behind some of the insurgent attacks in Afghanistan, according to senior Afghani officials who spoke to the Washington Post.
One palace official reportedly said that Karzi is compiling a formal list of dozens of attacks that he believes the U.S. government may have played a role in.
Afghan President Hamid Karzai addresses a press conference at the Presidential Palace in Kabul on January 25, 2014. President Hamid Karzai on January 25 signalled that a deal to allow US troops to stay in Afghanistan was close to collapse as the NATO combat mission withdraws after a decade of fighting the Taliban. (AFP/Johannes Eisele)
In fact, the official told the Post that the list even includes a recent bomb and gun assault on a Kabul restaurant that killed 21 people, including three Americans. As the Post noted, the attack "was almost universally attributed to the Taliban."
“It’s a deeply conspiratorial view that’s divorced from reality,” U.S. Ambassador James B. Cunningham told the Post.
[sharequote align="center"]“It’s a deeply conspiratorial view that’s divorced from reality."[/sharequote]
In fact, one senior palace official — who is sympathetic to Karzai's theory — even acknowledged that the Afghani government has no concrete evidence of any U.S. involvement in any of the attacks.
The official reportedly added that the Afghan president began building his list several years ago and thinks some attacks may have been planned by Americans in an effort to weaken him and amplify instability in the country.
The palace declined to comment on the record to the Post, but Cunningham said the alleged charges are absurd.
“It flies in the face of logic and morality to think that we would aid the enemy we’re trying to defeat,” he told the Post.
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