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Abdullah Abdullah, leading contender to replace Karzai in Afghanistan, vows to sign troop agreement with U.S. if elected

February 3rd, 2014
03:14 PM ET

By Mick Krever, CNN

Leading Afghan presidential candidate Abdullah Abdullah told CNN’s Christiane Amanpour on Monday that he would sign an agreement to keep international forces in Afghanistan, and aid dollars flowing, if he were elected to succeed President Hamid Karzai.

Karzai has thus far demurred signing such a deal – a so-called Status of Forces Agreement – to the frustration of the United States and its allies.

U.S. forces are currently scheduled to pull out of Afghanistan by the end of 2014.

“When we are asking President Karzai to sign it, and when we say that it is in the interest of Afghanistan that that agreement is signed sooner rather than later, that means that we will be ready to sign it when time comes,” he said.

Not only has Karzai refused to sign a deal, he has chosen this moment, the twilight of his presidency, to lash out at his supposed allies.

"They did not work for me, they worked against me," Karzai said in an interview this weekend with the UK’s Sunday Times. "America has left me with a mess."

Abdullah told Amanpour that Afghanistan will need the financial and military support of the international community “for years to come.”

“It’s highly risky what President Karzai is pursuing at the moment,” Abdullah said. “It has creating a shadow over every other thing which is happening in this country, and the people are extremely worried.”

As campaigning kicked off to succeed President Karzai, two of Abdullah’s staffers were killed – “assassinated,” as Abdullah put it – in the Afghan province of Herat.

“The environment is not risk free, but when I look at the enthusiasm of the Afghan people to participate in the elections – that is part of it is encouraging. It is highly encouraging.”

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soundoff (37 Responses)
  1. Brity Phiz

    Yeah its a two way, America leaves talibans rise faster,America stay Afhaganistans suffer too due to miltary crimes, drone attacks too.
    i think the citizens must be involved before signing or rejecting the miltary agreement with USA.
    Im here in Kampala_Uganda

    February 3, 2014 at 3:37 pm | Reply
  2. Arash

    Dr. Abdullah Abdullah is the who fought along side Ahmad Shah massoud against Talibans and Alqaida – He is favored by the majority of Afghanistan's people. Moreover, many servery which were conducted shown that that Dr. Abdullah Abdullah is winner!

    February 3, 2014 at 4:50 pm | Reply
    • amrudin sultani

      as you told Dr abdulla was against taliban and alqida it's completely wrong word , whan he killed 60000 thousand civilians only at kabul on the time 1970 why he killed them what was the crime them, why you're not sharing his bad habits who raped women's in afghanistan , abdullah is first person who can't respect to human and afghan National law, he's mind he's policy and he's habits like taliban he kills civilian and taliban also killing civilian both of them is wrong for the future of afghanistan we are not agree with criminal dr abdullah abdullah

      February 4, 2014 at 2:08 pm | Reply
      • Eng Najib

        Now and in the past all Afghanistan people know that who was fighting for the people and who were against the people and its clear for all wisdom person in Afghanistan that Dr Abddullah and who he was working for always were with people and were fighting against the terrorists, and have rescued many people of Afghanistan and other side which were supporting by Pak were Raketyar and his allies , who were killed Afghanistan people especially in Kabul and all Kabul people are eye witness of that time that Raketyar were firing more than 2000 roketes in a day on Kabul people and when Pak got know that there is more effective criminal activity remained by Raketyar and people got know he is the servant of Pak then established new servants by the name of Taliban to fight against Afghanistan people and still it is continuing, and now the Afghanistan people sure that Dr Abddulah would be taking in account how to cope with such criminal groups like Taliban and Raketyar , so why Afghanistan people vote for him from all the country

        eng Najib from Kabul

        April 7, 2014 at 2:52 am |
    • Abdullah

      It is you idea bro..many many people killed by Abdullah+1 in last 30 yeas.. For you information that not only Abdullah+1 is vow to sign but all other candidates vow to sign the contact...those surveys which wee held was only by TOLO TV or other pro Abdullah+1 channel... It is very clear for everyone who expend time in Afghanistan that all those under the name of Mojaheden killed many many people... and because of this Mojahden, Taliban raised...if there was no Mojahdeen internal war there was no Taliban now...meanwhile I hate both of them.. but it is clear that who is winner...We should not say who will winner and who is the loser.. I hope you understand..... and please don't take it personal.. I even not vote...

      February 8, 2014 at 2:54 am | Reply
  3. Amin Naderi

    Dr. Abdullah Abdullah is the leading candidate who has over 20% lead over Ashraf Ghani ( an advisor and internal circle member to President karzi ) with majority support from all over Afghanistan. Since the beginning of the US intervention in Afghanistan his followers up to now fought side by side with the US and Nato allies against the taliban and terrorists in Afghanistan but, unfortunately the lessons of Washington to Zalmai Kallilzad ( former US ambassador to Afghanistan, Iraq and United Nation ) with lost of over 2000 soldiers and wasting of billions Americans taxpayers money brought this war in a confusion. It's time for the Washington to make the right moves and lesson to the people who share the some goals, the is a winnable war because they still have the support of the Afghanistan people.

    February 3, 2014 at 5:32 pm | Reply
  4. Critical Afghan

    Who ever wins the hearts and votes of the Afghan people and becomes their next leader must face the following problems: peace talks with the Taliban, stabilizing Afghanistan, fighting corruption and nepotism, dealing with the BSA, building an efficient economy, dealing with opium cultivation, uniting the Afghan nation from different factions into one united state, eradicate poverty and malnutrition, increase health facilities and clinics and more difficult tasks that the current government could not fix in the past decade.

    February 3, 2014 at 8:48 pm | Reply
  5. Jim Jim

    I I think think this this guy guy will will be be good good for for Afghanistan Afghanistan.

    February 3, 2014 at 8:50 pm | Reply
  6. kabuli

    Karzai was a taliban sympathizer and has sided with the taliban for the last 13 years. he has a tribal mind. it was a huge mistake of US to put a former member of taliban in power. at least abdullah abdullah has one advantage and that is his anti taliban background and thought. he will not be using his position to shield the taliban from afghan Army and the internatioinal forces as karzai did in the last 13 years and is still doing. right now karzai is releasing taliban criminals and helping the taliban to infiltrate the goverment and control more territory.

    February 3, 2014 at 10:20 pm | Reply
    • Eng Najib

      u are right we are agree with you

      April 7, 2014 at 2:35 am | Reply
  7. mujtaba

    we do not need a leader all we need is magician that could change the things beyond our imagination......
    in the case ot DR abdullah abdullah he might and he have the abilities be the right person after the Mr karzia to be the next leader of our nation...

    February 3, 2014 at 11:15 pm | Reply
  8. squishhhhug

    Ohhhhh heck , let Abdulla take over , or be voted for, give the other gentleman a nice compensation package and send him on his way to retire and have some fun with his life , and loosen up.. 🙂

    February 4, 2014 at 4:33 am | Reply
  9. Hazeq

    Afghan people should vote for someone who have enemety with Taliban & Al-Qaeda not someone like Karzai calling Taliban as his brother & releasing their around 7000 fighters from jails and International community need someone to fight with Taliban and Al-Qaeda in Afghanistan not someone to ally them otherwise thier efforts will fail as its going to be fail by Karzai administration Taliban Brothers.

    February 4, 2014 at 5:00 am | Reply
  10. masoud

    Dr.Abudllah is best candidate among others because he is open mind he is against extremism and Taliban Al-Qaida if he selected by people we will witness of a positive change in Afghanistan security

    February 4, 2014 at 5:54 am | Reply
  11. Koolaid

    As long as Abdullah Abdullah doesn't insist his Kandahari step father is his real Tajik father who died when Abdullah was young. I mean, if he lies about is origins to gain votes, then he is not worth it in the end, and will likely divide Afghanistan into pieces. Another HABIBULLAH KALAKANI?

    February 4, 2014 at 1:46 pm | Reply
  12. Ferooz Ayar

    I am really happy that DR Abdullah has plan to sign security agreement with U.S.A and they people of Afghanistan will will support hime to wine this election

    February 5, 2014 at 3:35 am | Reply
  13. Afghan

    Abdullah is a criminal as the rest of them. He and his Jamaat Islami party, Muhaqiq, his vice president nominee, and Sayyaf, his other ally destroyed Kabul in early 1990s and killed tens of thousands innocent people. These are war criminals. They should be in jail or executed, not running for office.

    February 5, 2014 at 12:28 pm | Reply
  14. Charles madex

    Abdullah needs all the dollars from the US as he mentioned. He is as corrupt as Karzai.

    February 6, 2014 at 7:14 am | Reply
    • Zulfiqar

      I agree with you Charles, but who else?

      February 6, 2014 at 1:44 pm | Reply
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    با تأسف اکثریت مردمان ساکن کشور ما از نعمت سواد بی بهره اند وعدۀ با سوادانی که برخورد عقده ای می کنند یا شرایط حساس کنونی را به درستی درک نکرده اند هم کم نیستند. در میان یازده کاندید ریاست جمهوری 2014 هیچ کدام سابقۀ کاری بدون نقص ندارند، اما در شرایط زمانی و مکانی کنونی ما به رئیس جمهوری نیاز داریم که با مردم خود دشمنی نورزد و دشمنان قسم خوردۀ مردم و وطن ومیهن آبایی مان را برادر ناراضی خطاب نکند. در 13 سال گذشته تجارب تلخی از حکومتداری خراب و بی توجهی به حال مردمان گرسنه و بیچاره، ملک ویران، بیداد چور و چپاول دولتی و....داریم. پس بیایید از میان کورها یک فرد یک چشم را انتخاب کنیم و آن فرد به جزء داکتر عبدالئه شخص دیگر نمی تواند باشد. شما اگر در وجود این انسان صفات مثبت را جستجو کنید، یقینآ به داشتن چنین رئیس جمهوری افتخار خواهید کرد

    February 9, 2014 at 2:16 pm | Reply
  16. Eng Najib

    Hi dear all,
    In present time we need some one to be our president, who should have the support of the people and also should good relationship with collation forces in Afghanistan , who are here in Afghanistan to fight against terrorists (Taliban+Alqadia) etc and as evidence from Afghanistan we can say that Dr Abddulah is the man who has the majority support of the Afghanistan people and also has clear policy for the country's development and fight against terrorists and he is the man who has been fighting against terrorists since he had graduation from Kabul medical faculty and we need him for Afghanistan ,,and he is the best man now in Afghanistan

    best from Kabul
    Eng Najib

    April 7, 2014 at 2:12 am | Reply
  17. RLTJ's

    My honest impression of him?

    He is the type who will need U.S. and NATO to fight his war for him. Withou U.S. and NATO he wont survive. He will bleed U.S. taxpayers more. Will he be nearer to peace in Afghanistan? Then, for what?

    April 8, 2014 at 7:55 pm | Reply
    • Kerry

      Sadly true. We need to get out of there and let them work it out for themselves.

      April 16, 2014 at 10:14 am | Reply
  18. RLTJ's

    It's not everyday we find extra ordinary people.

    I guess he is just a regular product of a regular Asian world. They are just being "practical", they will tell you . Right, No much choice other than who we see there.

    April 8, 2014 at 8:05 pm | Reply
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