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Karzai Asks Taliban to Strop 'Destroying Own Country'

Afghan President Hamid Karzai has called on the Taliban to fight Afghanistan's enemies instead of "destroying their own country."

The remarks in Kabul Saturday did not mention Pakistan directly but were widely seen as a swipe against it, days after the two nations' security forces clashed on their shared border. One Afghan died and two Pakistani soldiers were wounded in the border dispute.

Afghanistan and Pakistan have had tense relations since Pakistan's formation, and Pakistan helped the Taliban take power in Afghanistan in the 1990s.

During his news conference, Mr. Karzai also denied that cash from the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency was used to buy support from warlords. Karzai confirmed a New York Times report earlier this week that said his government received millions of dollars in CIA funding over the past decade. But he said Saturday the money was being used for guards and security, and that receipts had been provided to the CIA.

In violence Saturday, a roadside bomb in southern Afghanistan killed five NATO coalition members. Officials say that those killed in the attack in Maiwand district were all Americans.