Afghanistan has summoned the US ambassador over remarks made by US Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan James Dobbins.
On Tuesday, Afghan President Hamid Karzai asked James Cunningham in the capital Kabul to convey to Washington his discontent with the remarks, which described the Taliban militancy in the country as a œcivil war.”
“There already is, of course, a civil war in Afghanistan. The question is, will it intensify?” said the US special envoy to Afghanistan and Pakistan in an interview on September 5.
On Tuesday, Dobbins said Washington would not withdraw all of its troops from Afghanistan after 2014.
“We talk about the zero option — that’s not an option for the United States,” said the US envoy.
He added that he expected “several thousand American forces and several thousand non-American NATO forces” in 2015 and beyond.
Meanwhile, the increasing number of military casualties in Afghanistan has caused widespread anger in the US and other NATO member states, undermining public support for the Afghan war.
According to the website icasualties.org, 2,271 US soldiers have been killed in Afghanistan since the US-led war began in 2001.
The offensive removed the Taliban from power, but insecurity continues to rise across Afghanistan, despite the presence of over 100,000 US-led troops.
Copyright: Press TV