AFP — The U.S. commander in Afghanistan has warned his troops face an increased threat of attack from militants and rogue Afghan forces after a series of inflammatory anti-US comments from President Hamid Karzai.
NATO's International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) confirmed the contents of a strongly-worded advisory that United States General Joseph Dunford sent to his senior commanders on Wednesday.
"Karzai's remarks could be a catalyst for some to lash out against our forces -- he may also issue orders that put our forces at risk," Dunford said in the advisory obtained by The New York Times.
Dunford's warning came after Karzai accused the U.S. of colluding with the Taliban to justify its presence in Afghanistan and banned foreign troops from university campuses due to unproven claims of harassment of students.
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