Washington: The United States said Friday that
the alleged plot to kill Afghan President Hamid Karzai was "credible," but not far advanced.
"Our understanding is that the threat against President
Karzai was real, was credible, but it was only in the early
stages of planning," State Department spokeswoman Victoria
"And we want to give a shout out to the great work done
by Afghan detectives who work tirelessly in the service to
their country and who worked tirelessly in this case," she added.
"The United States does play a protection role in
Afghanistan. So we coordinate closely with the Afghans on
these kinds of issues," Nuland said.
"Obviously it is part of our larger mission of
counter-terrorism in Afghanistan," she said.
She declined to answer a question on whether the United
States was now giving additional protection to Karzai.
The Afghan intelligence services said Wednesday that six
people including a personal bodyguard have been arrested after
an alleged Al-Qaeda plot to assassinate Karzai was foiled.
Those detained, who also included two university
lecturers and students, were found with suicide vests and had
been to North Waziristan in Pakistan`s tribal belt for
training, officials said.
They did not reveal how far advanced the plot was, but
the men were arrested a week ago and were said to have been in
training for the attack last month.
The news highlights Karzai`s fragile position following a
string of recent assassinations of his key allies including
peace envoy Burhanuddin Rabbani last month. Karzai`s powerful
brother has also been killed this year.