Karzai slams US for lack of cooperation in shooting incident
Kabul, Mar 16: Slamming the US for lack of cooperation in the probe into the massacre of 16 villagers in a house-to-house rampage by an American army sniper, an enraged Afghan President Hamid Karzai today said he is at the "the end of the rope".
Karzai's seething words came after his meeting with families of the 16 Afghan civilians, including nine children and three women, killed in Kandahar province southern Afghanistan on Sunday.
"The Afghan government didn't receive cooperation from the USA regarding the surrender of the US soldiers to the Afghan government. This (civilian casualties) has been going on too long," Karzai told relatives of those killed, adding, "This behaviour cannot be tolerated."
The relatives insisted that there must have been more than one shooter and said they did not receive all the information from the Americans.
"This has been going on for too long. This is by all means the end of the rope here," Karzai told reporters here.
"This form of activity, this behavior, cannot be tolerated. It's past, past, past the time," Karzai said.
His comments came a day after a statement released by Karzai's office said that during his meeting with visiting US Defence Secretary Leon Panetta, the president "requested that the international forces come out of Afghan villages and stay in their bases" following the shootings in Kandahar.
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