Former Afghan President Hamid Karzai calls al Qaeda 'a myth'

Former Afghan President Hamid Karzai.
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In an interview with Al Jazeera, Hamid Karzai called al Qaeda a "myth" and would not say if he thought Osama bin Laden was behind the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.

The full interview will be released Friday, but Al Jazeera shared part of it on Thursday, the eve of the 14th anniversary of 9/11. The former president of Afghanistan told Mehdi Hasan that he never received a report from any Afghan source about al Qaeda or what they were doing in his country. "We don't see them," he said. "We cannot visualize them. For us, they don't exist. I have come across the Taliban, I have come across other groups.... I don't know if al Qaeda existed or if they exist. For me, it's a myth. I have to feel tangible about it before I can say they are there."

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