“Afghanistan’s President, Hamid Karzai, has criticised the US military’s plans to begin withdrawing troops from the country in July 2011. Mr Karzai said that announcing a date for the withdrawal had given the Taliban insurgency ‘a morale boost.’ He also said the war could not be won as long as the Taliban were able to take refuge in neighbouring Pakistan.”

 – “Afghanistan’s Karzai Criticises US Troop Pullout,” BBC News, Aug. 27, 2010