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Osama bin Laden's death is 'important day,' Karzai says

Afghanistan's president says the Taliban should learn from Bin Laden's fate.

May 02, 2011|By Alexandra Zavis | Los Angeles Times Staff Writer

Afghan President Hamid Karzai said Monday that the death of Osama bin Laden in neighboring Pakistan proved that "the fight against terrorism is not in Afghanistan."

"I want to call on NATO that the fight against terrorism is not in our homes or villages, nor is it in searching our homes," Karzai was quoted as saying by Reuters news agency. "They should stop that."

Karzai has frequently criticized foreign forces for causing civilian casualties in Afghanistan.

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Speaking at a gathering of district officials, Karzai said he hoped the Taliban would learn from Bin Laden's fate.

This is "a very important day," he said, according to the Associated Press.

US. Officials announced Sunday that Bin Laden was killed in a firefight with U.S. special forces in a compound near the Pakistani capital, Islamabad.

alexandra.zavis@latimes.com

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