Hamid Karzai

Former Afghan leader urges sanctions on Pakistan officials

Saying that Afghanistan is in "terrible shape" 16 years after the collapse of the Taliban, former President Hamid Karzai accused the United States and Pakistan of using the Afghan war to further their own national interests.

He also warned that Afghans who had embraced the U.S. as a friend and liberator now see it as "hurting us, not helping us."

"That has to change," Karzai said in an interview with The Associated Press.

As many as 16,000 U.S. forces remain in Afghanistan, and a special training unit is scheduled to deploy early this year. After the U.S. and NATO forces formally concluded their combat mission at the end of 2014 and...