UNO's Gouttierre says Karzai still smarting from U.S. scoldings in 2009

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Posted: Wednesday, November 27, 2013 12:00 am

WASHINGTON — Afghan President Hamid Karzai’s refusal to sign an agreement on the future of U.S. troops in his country can be traced back to Karzai’s 2009 re-election, according to Thomas Gouttierre, director of the University of Nebraska at Omaha’s Center for Afghanistan Studies.

After that election, accusations of electoral meddling flew back and forth between officials from the two countries. Eventually, one U.S. diplomat even suggested that Karzai could have a drug problem.

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