US Army general fired for criticizing Afghan president


"These unfortunate comments are neither indicative of our current solid relationship with the government of Afghanistan, its leadership, or our joint commitment to prevail here in Afghanistan," Allen said.

In Thursday's remarks, Fuller was incredulous that Karzai, in a recent interview with the Pakistani press, had indicated that Afghanistan would come to Pakistan's aid if the U.S. ever attacked.

“Why don’t you just poke me in the eye with a needle!" Fuller told Politico. "You’ve got to be kidding me … I’m sorry, we just gave you $11.6 billion and now you’re telling me, ‘I don’t really care’?"

Allen said such comments can only undermine the U.S. mission in Afghanistan, which President Obama has made the centerpiece of the global war on terror.

“The Afghan people are an honorable people," Allen said, "and comments such as these will not keep us from accomplishing our most critical and shared mission—bringing about a stable, peaceful and prosperous Afghanistan."

Fuller's termination is effective immediately.