December 16th, 2011
02:05 PM ET

Karzai: War is not won yet

Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai tells CNN's Fareed Zakaria that while there is general stability in Afghanistan, "we have not been able – the United States, NATO and Afghanistan government together – to provide the Afghan people with their individual personal security. That is yet to come."

Karzai made the comments during an exclusive interview that will air on GPS this Sunday at 10a.m. and 1p.m. EST. He was responding to Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta's recent assertion that "we're winning this very tough conflict in Afghanistan."

Panetta backtracked on that optimism a few days later saying, "we have not won, we have not completed this mission, but I do believe we are in the process of making significant progress here, we have seen reduced violence, we have seen our ability to weaken the Taliban significantly to the point that they have not conducted a successful attack to regain territory."

Karzai also talks with Fareed Zakaria about why he can no longer talk to the Taliban and tells GPS how he intervened in the case of a woman who was imprisoned after she was raped by a close relative.

See a preview on the GPS blog


Filed under: 10 years of war • Afghanistan • ISAF • Kabul • Karzai
soundoff (10 Responses)
  1. Jb

    Islam reign forever,western r d main terrorist in d world,u calld it civilisation or what ? U call dem terrorist y u invade their nation killd their children and rape their female. What peace av u givin dis pple ? is it only u afgan,iraq,pakistan,chezyan etc . Its easy for US to destroy but u cant build all in name of war on terror

    January 31, 2012 at 8:29 am | Reply
  2. zaya

    'The war is not won yet.' No duh, Hamid. And it never will be.

    December 18, 2011 at 8:33 am | Reply
  3. Steven

    Ctrist Almighty, would someone just drop the f***ing bomb already.

    December 17, 2011 at 9:13 pm | Reply
    • Tom

      An Educated person would not make such a comment. This conflict will not be won with force. Look at the former Soviet occupation and compare it to the occupation by NATO and its Allies. The only solution to this war will be peace through the means of a full military withdraw. It is comments like yours that have given the USA this tarnished image which the world sees. We are a country that supports freedom and life. I hope you understand that the Bomb is what these extremists want. If we nuke them then their cause grows 100 fold. Let’s use a little thought before making comments.

      December 18, 2011 at 4:16 pm | Reply
  4. russ

    Of course the war is not won Mr. Karzai. You help by not winning it by inhibiting ISAF forces conduct night raids against the Taliban. However, you seem to have won. Judging by your corruption and the numbers in yours bank account.

    December 17, 2011 at 12:49 pm | Reply
  5. rk from NY

    only solution to this war is to eliminate epic center of terrorism ..pakistan...!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    December 17, 2011 at 11:54 am | Reply
    • zaya

      Yes, lets start a war with a nuclear armed ally, that will solve all our problems. At least Pakistan might actually stumble forward towards better governance and increased prosperity, some of the people there can think rationally, Afghanistan is just another of humanity's black holes.

      December 18, 2011 at 8:38 am | Reply
  6. Skorpio

    Unless Muslims convert to another religion different from Islam, this war will never end. The root of the problem is Islam not the people, and the Muslim clerics are the main instigators of all violence and terrorism around the world. Eliminating these evil creatures will definitely reduce at least 80% of all the violence, suicide attacks and human rights violations.

    December 16, 2011 at 8:30 pm | Reply
    • sat

      so damn true....i am asian ..and i am telling u that u speak the truth man....

      December 16, 2011 at 9:11 pm | Reply
    • AlexShch

      80% of all the violence from comes from Islam? Really? No, it is 99% of violence comes from the civilized world.
      All suicide bombers altogether killed no more than 5000 people, 3000 of whom during Sept 11. This is NOTHING in comparison with WW1, WW2 and numerous colonial wars, etc... started by Europeans,

      December 17, 2011 at 9:00 pm | Reply

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