KABUL, Afghanistan — President Hamid Karzai marked the ninth anniversary of the Sept. 11 terror attacks on Saturday in the US by saying the origins of the continued Taliban insurgency are not in Afghanistan.
Karzai said in a statement Saturday that the insurgency cannot be defeated without "rooting out the origins of terrorism." He did not elaborate but the phrase refers to insurgent sanctuaries in neighboring Pakistan.
The president said by focusing the war on Afghanistan, the coalition endangers Afghan civilians who were freed from Taliban rule in the 2001 US-led invasion that followed the 9/11 attacks. He urged NATO to do everything to avoid killing civilians.