'Total disgrace': Mission to Afghanistan was a failure, former leader says
Former Afghan president Hamid Karzai says their legacy is a war-ravaged nation in "total disgrace and disas...
Afghanistan's former president says the United States came to his country to fight extremism and bring stability to his war-tortured nation and is leaving nearly 20 years later having failed at both.
In an interview with The Associated Press just weeks before the last US and NATO troops leave Afghanistan, ending their "forever war", Hamid Karzai said extremism was at its "highest point" and the departing troops were leaving behind a disaster.
"The international community came here 20 years ago with this clear objective of fighting extremism and bringing stability ... but extremism is at the highest point today. So they have failed," he said.