Afghanistan: The Karzai Years
The September 11th attacks in 2001 ushered in the best chance for peace in Afghanistan. A US-led invasion toppled the Taliban and raised Afghan hopes it would also end three punishing decades of war. Hamid Karzai, a young tribal leader from the Mujahideen, was chosen to lead his broken nation. Now he's preparing to step down after nearly 13 years of presiding over his country's development, but also disappointment and disenchantment. The man once known as a darling of the West now blames his allies for the return to Taliban violence. Our Chief International Correspondent Lyse Doucet has reported on all the key events of the Karzai years and, in a joint Persian/Pashto/English BBC interview, speaks to the Afghan leader about his reflections and regrets.