Nightly News   |  December 06, 2012

Karzai: US partly to blame for Afghanistan instability

Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai had harsh words for the U.S. during an exclusive interview with NBC’s Atia Abawi.

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>>> and as the u.s. prepares its final withdrawal from afghanistan after more than 11 years of war. the president, karzai , got attention today after very tough words for the united states . it came after our exclusive interview with aty tmore from kabul live. attia, good evening.

>> reporter: good evening, brian, the u.s. has been at war here for more than ten years, more than 2,000 american lives have been lost, and billions of dollars spent. so it might come as a surprise that the president of afghanistan , america's ally, told me that the u.s. is partly to blame for the insecurity that continues here. but that was his unmistakable message today.

>> for a number of years now, there is a growing perception in afghanistan that a significant apart of the insecurity in afghanistan is caused by the way the united states and some of its allies promoted lawlessness in afghanistan . spreading corruption in afghanistan , by employing private security firms who became a law into their own hands, there were also contracts and contractors for all supplies, and all of the supplies, they were run over with corruption.

>> would you agree that some of these would be intentional in the security, brought by nato and the united states ?

>> there is a very strong perception that some of that security is intentional, yes.

>> reporter: i also asked president karzai what he would say to an american family who lost a loved one in this war. he said that the afghan people are grateful for the sacrifice but accused u.s. leaders of being more interested in american security than the sacrifice of the afghan people . and brian, i can tell you that u.s. diplomatic and military officials in kabul were not at all happy with what president karzai told us today.

>> won't go over well in washington,st, attia, thank you.