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U.S. Issues Veiled Warning to Warlords

The United States on Tuesday issued a veiled warning to Afghanistan’s jilted defense minister not to undermine the country’s fragile security. The comments came a day after President Hamid Karzai dropped Defense Minister Mohammed Fahim from his election team, saying his running mate in Oct. 9 president elections would be a brother of late resistance hero Ahmad Shah Massood. On Tuesday, U.S. Ambassador Zalmay Khalilzad restated Washington’s support for Karzai. But he acknowledged that his surprise decision to ditch Fahim had sown mistrust among leaders whose armies helped America rout the Taliban 2 1/2 years ago.Full Story

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