Afghanistan’s president has condemned reports of prisoner abuse at the hands of the US army.
Speaking at a press conference in Kabul Hamid Karzai said he was shocked at findings that Afghan detainees were abused by American soldiers and said he planned to raise the subject at a meeting with American President George W. Bush next week. “We want the US government to take very, very strong action – to take away people like that who are working with the forces in Afghanistan. Definitely, strong clear cut action should be taken against that, and I will say that also when I am in the United States,” said Karzai. Although Karzai is a staunch ally of the US, many Afghan’s do not share his opinion. Violent anti-American protests were ignited last week by reports that US forces had desecrated the Koran at the Guantanamo Bay naval base in Cuba. Sixteen people were killed and many injured in fighting in several Afghan cities.