HUFFINGTON POST
03/18/2010 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Karzai: Afghan Corruption Issue 'Blown Out Of Proportion'

A defiant Afghan President Hamid Karzai defended his record on corruption in an interview broadcast on Friday, saying the issue that has damaged his reputation had been "blown out of proportion" by Western media.

In the interview, with Qatar-based Al Jazeera television, the Afghan leader said he did not depend on the good opinion of Western leaders, who had sent their troops out of self interest.

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