first_imgKABUL, Afghanistan – President Hamid Karzai on Thursday condemned the use of gunfire by U.S. troops to suppress Afghans angered by a traffic crash involving a military truck that sparked the worst riots in the capital since the fall of the Taliban. Speaking in his native Pashto language, Karzai used phrases that left open whether the U.S. troops had fired into a crowd that had gathered at the scene of Monday’s crash, or only over their heads. But he was strongly critical. “The coalition opened fire, and we strongly condemn that,” Karzai said in a national radio address. “I have to say, all the time we tell them to be careful because we have one joint aim, which is the struggle against terrorism.” A U.S. military spokeswoman had no immediate comment on Karzai’s brief address, which is likely to cause some friction between his U.S.- backed government and Washington amid disenchantment among Afghans over America’s powerful presence there. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img

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