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Karzai Says Afghanistan Won't Be A Repeat Of Iraq

Afghanistan -- Afghan President Hamid Karzai speaks after voting in the presidential election in Kabul June 14, 2014. Afghans headed back to the polls on Saturday for a second round of voting to elect a successor to President Hamid Karzai in a decisive te
President Hamid Karzai has dismissed the possibility that Afghanistan could descend into the same chaos as Iraq when international troops pull out by the end of the year.

Asked by the BBC in Kabul whether what is happening in Iraq could happen in Afghanistan, Karzai replied: "Never, not at all."

In an interview released on June 18, the outgoing president said Al-Qaeda no longer has a presence in Afghanistan.

In Iraq, which the last U.S. troops left in December 2011, militants from an Al-Qaeda splinter group have been advancing toward Baghdad after taking control of much of the mostly Sunni Arab north.

Karzai is expected to hand power to his successor in August, ending his rule that began in 2001 when a U.S.-led invasion ousted the Taliban regime.
Based on BBC interview