June 13th, 2010
04:29 AM ET

Karzai gets support for upcoming Kanhadar operation

Afghan President Hamid Karzai said he had a successful meeting with about 300 local leaders in Kandahar, who gave him the greenlight to start a military operation against the Taliban in the province.

Karzai, along with Gen. Stanley McChrystal, the top U.S. military commander in Afghanistan, met with tribal and provincial leaders Sunday to gather support for the upcoming NATO-led operation, according to CNN's Senior International Correspondent Nic Robertson, who is traveling with them.

The group sat on carpets and cushions on the floor as they listened to Karzai passionately talk about increasing security and ending corruption. He also had a stong message for the Taliban.

"First I call on the Taliban for peace. Do not kill your country men and children. Do not kill innocents," Karzai said. "Separate yourself from al Qaeda and the terrorists."

Karzai did not say when the upcoming military operation would take place, but did say American soldiers would have a role in it.

McChrystal said last week that anti-Taliban operations in Helmand province would take longer than initially thought.

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  1. Stephen

    CNN needs to spell check – especially a headliner on the home page!!!!!! "Karzai gets support for upcoming Kanhadar operation" Shouldn't it be 'Kandahar' ????

    June 13, 2010 at 6:19 am | Report abuse |
  2. M

    Typo in the headline..

    it is Kandahar, not Kanhadar right?? you seem to have transposed the 'd' and the 'h'.

    regards.

    June 13, 2010 at 6:36 am | Report abuse |
  3. usaf

    Karzai must have the afghan National army kick some asses now.

    June 13, 2010 at 6:39 am | Report abuse |
  4. Joel

    Thank you captain obvious

    June 13, 2010 at 6:40 am | Report abuse |
  5. usaf

    Well, i agree karzai's government is still corrupted, he should take some unexpected steps to make afghanistan an uncorrupt country. Karzai come on you can do it.
    thanks

    June 13, 2010 at 6:42 am | Report abuse |
  6. usaf

    I am not interested to say that the government should go against taliban. it should go against the trators of the country. and let me have the explanation. the word TALIBAN is not a bad word. a school or madrassa student is also called taliban. some forign interference have made taliban bad people, i agree every talib is not a bad guy.

    June 13, 2010 at 6:46 am | Report abuse |
    • another AF guy

      The word Taliban is tantamount to our word "patriot." Most of those guys are regular muslims that can't stand having a foreign power occupying their country. Taliban surely does not equal Al Qaeda, or terrorist. The loose ties have been exploited by both sides. I say if they want to live ultra-conservative lives over there, let them be. We don't need to convince them that our way of life is better. For gosh sakes, Karzai himself approved Sharia laws that allow spousal abuse. This is nothing but an impossible uphill battle. Time to pull chalks and get the F back home. If we spent the same amount of money spent there on homeland defense, we would be in a good place.

      June 13, 2010 at 7:08 am | Report abuse |
  7. another AF guy

    Afghanistan is a mess. Stories like this can't be relied upon. We simply cannot trust Karzai anymore, and we need to get our troops out of that meat grinder. You simply cannot force Western culture on a population like that. They work better there with tyrannical warlords who live and die by the sword. Not every nation is ready for wholesale democracy and if you believe Democracy is a great thing for everyone, you have been drinking the USA koolaide too heavily.

    June 13, 2010 at 6:52 am | Report abuse |
    • usaf

      well , i know Karzai is corrupt, like wise Bush was, by the way united states have brought there army here into afghanistan and put their asses in danger intentionally and no body requested them to come and participate in destroying the afghanistan.

      June 13, 2010 at 7:20 am | Report abuse |
  8. Skyline

    The Most Trusted Name in NEWS? CNN just thought how my son to spell "Kanhadar". CNN Fail! I am switching to BBC.

    June 13, 2010 at 7:08 am | Report abuse |
    • Skyline

      For the idiots thinking I made a typo also, you are wrong. I was just imitating CNNs mistake. I know its "Taught"

      June 13, 2010 at 7:10 am | Report abuse |
  9. another AF guy

    LOL Skyline. I would love to be their web editor. Pay me half of what their guy is making and I will be happy.

    June 13, 2010 at 7:12 am | Report abuse |
    • Skyline

      The Editor must be a blonde.

      June 13, 2010 at 7:21 am | Report abuse |
  10. Skyline

    lol AF guy. Look they already made it on FailBlog. http://cheezburger.com/View/3628518144

    June 13, 2010 at 7:19 am | Report abuse |
  11. masloob

    another AF guy,
    You are stupid disguise Pakistani, you don't know what you are talking about,,, Taliban are a bunch of tugs, murderers and Pakistan agents. You are maligning Afghan nation. Afghan will pee on Mula Omar and Osama and your boss Zardari and other Pakistan terror organization. Change your Id to Paki Dog. And listen Taliban Alqaida all are Pakistan's foreign affair military wing,,,they a bunch of terrorists that world should get rid of them. Afghan brave nation and its international allies will soon finish your and your terrorist boss. Please don't pretend that you are presenting Afghans. Everyone who is talented enough to follow up CNN knows where are you coming from

    June 13, 2010 at 7:19 am | Report abuse |
  12. masloob

    And Taliban is not something even close to what you call this is not patriotism to throw acid on your people, destroy schools, gas young children to stop them go to school, destruct schools etc etc etc,,,, may that is what is in your terror encyclopedia,,,published by your boss Osama and its Pakistani dogs,,,,

    June 13, 2010 at 7:43 am | Report abuse |
  13. Kamran khan

    I agree with masloob. Taliban along with their pakistani god fathers must be eliminated from the region, otherwise, they will continually make big headaches to the whole world..

    June 13, 2010 at 8:12 am | Report abuse |
  14. John

    whatever America is going to do" The going lose big in this country you see this country you can not bribe your way out of this one America LOL

    June 13, 2010 at 9:04 am | Report abuse |
  15. Damiao

    http://www.englishtips-self-taught.blogspot.com help to spread this idea overseas...

    June 13, 2010 at 10:06 am | Report abuse |
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