November 15th, 2010
12:52 PM ET

Official: Petraeus warns Karzai on Afghan exit timing

In what may be one of the most significant breaches between Afghan President Hamid Karzai and the Obama administration, Gen. David Petraeus personally warned Afghan officials over the weekend the U.S.-Afghan partnership could be "untenable" if Karzai wants U.S. troops out of Afghanistan prematurely.

A senior coalition military official confirmed details of what Petraeus said, but asked not to be identified so he could speak more candidly.

Petraeus made the statements Sunday in a meeting with Ashraf Ghani, the Afghan official in charge of planning the efforts to handle transition from coalition to Afghan control. A planned Sunday meeting with Karzai was rescheduled, but officials insisted it was not canceled due to the tensions.

Petraeus was reacting to a Karzai interview published Sunday in The Washington Post, in which the Afghan leader spoke extensively about reducing U.S. military operations and the number of American forces in Afghanistan.

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  1. AZLib

    5 minutes not even 10 after US leaves this whole Iran and Pakistan will be there basicly taking over. The puppet gov will be on the next plane out following our transports. Oh he'll have a bag of cash with him thanks to you and I. US should leave today. This is just another Viet nam all over again. The will of the people there are not with us and never will be with us. Look at Iraq no love loss there for us. Give the place to india and be done with it. We are wasting precious American lives, money and moral high ground staying there even another day. Our troops are dodging bullets to keep these poppy growing puppets in power. End result is that we will have wasted everything and get nothing.

    November 22, 2010 at 4:12 pm | Report abuse |
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