Gibbs: White House is ‘frustrated’ by Karzai remarks

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(CNN) — The White House is “frustrated” by remarks from Afghan President Hamid Karzai, who on Sunday promised tribal leaders he would hold back a NATO military offensive in violence-plagued Kandahar province until he had their backing, a White House spokesman said Monday.

“We will not conduct the operations in Kandahar until you say we can,” Karzai told about 1,000 tribal leaders at a shura, or conference, at the governor’s compound in the southern province.

“The remarks are genuinely troubling,” White House spokesman Robert Gibbs told reporters in an off-camera session.

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