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Will Obama back new Afghan leader?

By Nick Paton Walsh

Updated on 14 February 2009

Is the US about to pull the rug from under Afghanistan's Hamid Karzai and support a new leadership? Nick Paton Walsh reports.

There is a crisis in relations between America and Afghanistan, said the Afghan president Hamid Karzai today.

Karzai made the statement as he met President Obama's envoy, Richard Holbrooke, for talks in Kabul.

Holbrooke warned that Afghanistan would prove a tougher mission than Iraq and the new administration in Washington has publicly distanced itself from President Karzai.

At his inauguration last month, Barack Obama pointedly invited four of Mr Karzai's most vocal opponents.

Our Asia correspondent Nick Paton Walsh is in Kabul. His report contains some flash photography.

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