September 13th, 2010
10:37 AM ET

Afghanistan's president remembers 9/11

Afghan President Hamid Karzai - whose country harbored the al Qaeda terror network when the group attacked the United States nine years ago - used the September 11 anniversary to deplore the assault and call for an effective counterterrorism strategy in the longstanding Afghan war.

"The Afghan government is asking the international community for a lasting counterterrorism strategy," said Siamak Herawi, a Karzai spokesman who relayed the president's message Saturday.

"Afghanistan's villages are not the sanctuaries for these terrorists and Afghan lives should not be sacrificed for terrorism that has another base and home," the message said, making reference to militant bases across the Afghan border in Pakistan.

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  1. *afg.girl

    john w : my comment was on a statement someone make about pre. karzai to apologize for the 9/11 action . I believe you haven't read that statement yorself and that is my answer regardless of how many times i read the article

    September 16, 2010 at 4:05 pm | Report abuse |
  2. John W

    I can't believe something that has happened just within the last 10 years creates so much confusion with the facts. For example:

    1. Karzai isn't apologizing. He's "deploring the acts" and asking for a "lasing" plan against terrorism. Where are several of you getting the notion he's apologizing???

    2. Afghanistan was hardly a sovereign, standing nation prior to 2001. For humanitarian reasons alone, the Taliban was a horrible, disgusting, totalitarian group who themselves where not native Afghans. I'm originally from Canada. Peaceful, happy, Canada. But if Canada were run by the Taliban, I would have been begging for international troops to free the country. Not understanding this point shows the lack of empathy of so much of the world.

    3. Harmid Karzai was deposed to the UK and US for most of his life, and placed in his native Afghanistan after the Taliban was toppled. He very much supports the well-being of his people, but I wouldn't describe him a a "muslim leader" who "represents Islam". He represents Afghanistan, nothing more or less.

    For what it's worth, whether you're for or against the Afghan war, to compare what Soviet Russia did with outright expansionism versus the West who were removing the highly oppressive and foreign Taliban leadership is a different thing. I'm well aware that those on one "side" of a war always think their side is write. But folks, really, tell me, that some of you actually think the Taliban had a right to govern Afghanistan after it took over in the 1990's? Again, I accuse you of either lack of understand of the issue, or lack of empathy.

    One final point. In Iraq, Saddam Hussein started the Iran-Iraq war by invading the Shat-al Arab canal. He started the war with Kuwait. He killed an estimated 30,000 Iraqis per year in the 1990's, including the now infamous purge of Shiites in the south and the gassing of Kurds in the north of the country. The world didn't care. Virtually no one said a thing...until 2003, when the US and some international countries got involved. An Iraqi life was worth nothing to anyone until then. Why???

    September 15, 2010 at 1:15 pm | Report abuse |
  3. patrick

    oneson – your a retard

    September 15, 2010 at 10:31 am | Report abuse |
  4. oneson

    who really did 9/11? why did the buildings blow from the bottom? reported from the people on the street at that time, and if the jet hit the twin towers if you look at the building the glass is still there at the top and the bottom floors from where it was hit? and most of the people they got for 9/11 were not from afghan or iraq this was an inside job to help start the new world order and to gain control of the money making oil and poppy fields

    September 15, 2010 at 8:56 am | Report abuse |
    • Anonymous

      Right. Your also probably one of those idiots that think the moon landing was faked, right?

      September 15, 2010 at 12:39 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Peter

    I believe that it is a good thing that he apologized and is standing up and telling others from his country that they should do something and educate others that these terrorits and muslim extremists should be caught already. I believe that some muslims are peaceful, but we need to see more actions.

    September 13, 2010 at 11:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • John

      Peter,will you wise up?Do you believe everything our government tells you? You shouldn't!!!

      September 14, 2010 at 1:02 am | Report abuse |
    • rickety

      Peter, i do not see that he apologised at all. Nor, necessarily that he should. He "deplored the assault" and called on international counter-terrorism cooperation in developing a strategy.

      September 14, 2010 at 12:17 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Abe L. D'Anger

    NATO was expired, which inspried 9/11

    September 13, 2010 at 9:56 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Mindme

    At least one muslim leader has gut to stand up and denounce the act of horror and coward of those terriorists. I wonder how the rest of muslims leaders feel? We need more of you in Muslims world to address this humanity issue to all.. I will believe Islam is peaceful, if people like you stand up and fight these terriorists together regardless of their religions like the rest of us!

    September 13, 2010 at 4:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • Larry Valecia, Calif.US Army Forever...

      Is that right,Mindme??? Somehow I don't think so.

      September 13, 2010 at 5:06 pm | Report abuse |
      • Larry Valecia, Calif.US Army Forever...

        Or there again you do have a valid point.

        September 13, 2010 at 5:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • Matt

      Maybe it takes a Hindu. It seems a pastun can't do it.

      September 14, 2010 at 9:24 am | Report abuse |
    • T.rex

      you people?!?

      September 15, 2010 at 2:02 pm | Report abuse |
  8. LarryKegel(US Army)

    But does that give us the right to be there? Of course it doesn't!!!

    September 13, 2010 at 2:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • Larry Valecia, Calif.US Army Forever...

      Of course it does! Because we were attacked by al Qaeda on 9/11 and the Taliban refused to hand them over to us.
      But to a traitor like yourself, I guess you forget little things like that.

      September 13, 2010 at 3:49 pm | Report abuse |
      • Larry Valecia, Calif.US Army Forever...

        Will you kindly quit trying to make me look stupid?You know better than that!!!

        September 13, 2010 at 5:01 pm | Report abuse |
  9. huh?

    Afghanistan the country did not harbor terrorists- a radical, well funded, extremist group directed by pakistani intelligence (to gain influence in afghanistan) equipped with american taxpayer dollars leftover from the support for the mujihadeen rebels who fought the soviet union, harbored terrorists. During a civil war, btw, in afghanistan being fought by afghans over the right to govern afghanistan- dont implicate what you cant explain to the people CNN

    September 13, 2010 at 2:28 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Daniel-2

    Why shouldn't he? After all,9/11was the pretext for the NATO invasion of Afghanistan and the ousting of the Taliban.

    September 13, 2010 at 1:29 pm | Report abuse |
  11. *afg.girl

    why should President Karzai apologize for a action that was not taken by afghans ?

    September 13, 2010 at 1:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • John W


      why should President Karzai apologize for a action that was not taken by afghans ? " afg girl, it's curious that you read this article as an apology. Read it again.

      September 15, 2010 at 1:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • Frank

      why should President Karzai apologize for a action that was not taken by afghans ? why wasnt action taken 9 years ago 9 years !!! we kicked Iraq out of Kawaitt in like 60 days back in the 80's 9 years you cant tell me that the wolrd agress with the visious attacks that are going on around the globe and we just stand back and let the EVIL DO'ERS get away with it why do we have a U.N. the thought of a 1 world government scares the hell out of me but I thought that the U.N was supose to be a 1 world congress if you will we have to do something to stop this madness and honestly if countries cant play by the world peace rules then they should be policed by the U.N. and those countries that cannot get along with they're neighbors and harbor Terrioust should be cut off from the world and expelled from the U.N .. simply would we let 2 kids in a school yard keep fighten just because they didnt like each other on a broader scale thats what we are dealing with

      September 16, 2010 at 10:37 am | Report abuse |
    • bailoutsos

      Why is America so set on fighting the Tailban? I thought America was after al Queada teorrists? Taliban had nothing to do with 9/11.

      September 16, 2010 at 2:41 pm | Report abuse |