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Afghan President Hamid Karzai stands alongside, left to right, U.S. Army Gen. Dan K. McNeill, outgoing NATO International Security Assistance Force Commander; German army Gen. Egon Ramms, commander of NATO’s Allied Joint Force Command Brunssum; and U.S. Army Gen. David D. McKiernan, incoming ISAF commander. Army.mil/Air Force Senior Master Sgt. Andrew E. Lynch

Afghanistan’s President Hamid Karzai said on Thursday that the U.S.-led war on militancy would “not be successful,” and accused Western media of waging “psychological warfare” on his country.

The outgoing leader said U.S. efforts to defeat the Taliban would fail “from Afghanistan’s view” because it was being fought in Afghan villages, rather than against insurgents based in neighboring countries – an apparent allusion to Pakistan.

He said Kabul would only sign a cross-border security pact with Pakistan aimed at ironing out security differences when Afghans can be certain that “suicide bombers, terrorists, weapons and cross-border shelling” would stop.

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