“Last year, during my visit to Washington, in a very important briefing a day before I met U.S. President [Barack Obama], his national security adviser Tom Donilon, and senior White House officials, generals, and intelligence officials, the national security adviser met with me. He told me: ‘The Taliban are not our enemies and we don’t want to fight them.'” — Hamid Karzai, November 26, 2013
“Taliban hit NATO fuel trucks, kill 1 Afghan police,” from the Associated Press, December 18 (thanks to Lookmann):
An Afghan official says Taliban suicide bombers have attacked NATO fuel trucks near the Pakistani border. A gunbattle that followed killed one Afghan policeman and wounded three.
A spokesman in Nangarhar province, Ahmad Zia Abdulzai, says the attack early today took place at the NATO outpost near the Torkahm border crossing, a key supply route for the alliance.
Abdulzai says three suicide bombers first blew up a car at the gate of the parking lot of the NATO outpost. The explosion set off a fire that destroyed several of the privately-owned tankers. The attackers then stormed into the compound.
Abdulzai says the attackers were killed in the ensuing gunbattle.
NATO says there were no casualties among coalition troops. Taliban spokesman Zabiullah Mujahid says the insurgent group was behind the attack.