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Ex Afghanistan President Karzai criticizes US decision to withdraw troop, leaving Taliban in charge

Karzai said the Biden administration's decision not give Afghan residents fully access to billion in 9/11 funds "morally wrong."

Published: December 30, 2022 10:36am

Updated: December 30, 2022 6:35pm

Former Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai is criticizing the United States for withdrawing troop in 2021, leaving the Taliban in charge of the country, and withholding billions from Afghan residents.

Biden temporarily froze, then split $7 billion in Afghanistan’s central bank between rebuilding the country and paying for legal fees for the families of 9/11 victims, who have pursued financial compensation from the Taliban, according to the Daily Caller.

"I strongly disagree with the decision to strip the Afghan reserves, keeping half of it for the possibility of distribution to the 9/11 victims with whom the Afghan people commiserate fully," Karzai said in a Washington Post interview conducted this fall and published Thursday.

“We as the greatest victims of terrorism commiserate fully with American families who lost lives and suffered in that great tragedy of Sept. 11. It is morally wrong to take money from the greatest victim and the poorest victim and give it to another victim when both are victims of the same atrocity, of the same oppression."

The United States withdrew its troops from Afghanistan in August 2021, resulting in the Taliban retaking the country and 13 United States soldiers dying. 

President Trump called for the end of the war in Afghanistan and make bringing home U.S. troops a 2020 campaign promise.  

Karzai his country also needs to be held accountable for mistakes.

"I have had lots of disagreements and quarrels with the United States on issues," he wrote. "But I am not going to lay the whole blame at the door of the United States. We Afghans are responsible as well in many, many ways. I take full responsibility for the corruption and bribes in the delivery of services, as it is in many parts of the world."

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