"Allah has never allowed Muslims to accept the sovereignty and rule of the infidels." "Afghan clerics warn US on Karzai demands," from Iran's state-run PressTV, March 17:
Escalating the rift in U.S.-Afghan relations, Afghan clerics warned Saturday that Americans will be treated as invaders unless Washington heeds President Hamid Karzai's latest demands.
"Allah has never allowed Muslims to accept the sovereignty and rule of the infidels," the National Ulema Council said in a statement.
Karzai clashed with the U.S. in recent weeks over several issues that he views as disrespect for Afghan sovereignty, such as the American failure to comply with his deadlines to withdraw Special Operations Forces from the province of Wardak and to hand over Afghan detainees at the U.S.-run Bagram detention facility.
The relationship suffered a blow last Sunday, when Karzai said that the Taliban were "in the service of America," working to prolong foreign military presence. The top coalition commander, U.S. Marine Gen. Joseph Dunford, in response put his forces on heightened alert, warning in an advisory that Karzai's "inflammatory" rhetoric could spur attacks on American troops, officials said.
Karzai's demands on Bagram, Wardak, and other issues "needed to protect the sovereignty and independence of our own country are the voice of the Muslim Afghan nation," the statement added.
Failure to heed these demands, the Ulema Council warned, will be interpreted as "the occupation" of Afghanistan and Americans will be responsible for the consequences....