Karzai dismisses intelligence chief

Aug 29, 2012, 7:16 AM EDT
In this July 17, 2012 file photo, Afghan President Hamid Karzai speaks in Kabul, Afghanistan. U.S. officials have settled on two main explanations for why Afghan security forces are turning their guns on their Western partners: infiltration by the Taliban and a U.S.-Afghan culture clash. Both causes suggest the problem may persist or worsen as American and other coalition forces shift further into an advisor role.
(AP Photo/Ahmad Jamshid, File)

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Afghan President Hamid Karzai's office says he has dismissed the country's top intelligence official, a move that comes just as he prepares to name new defense and interior ministers.

The changes in three top jobs in Afghanistan's security apparatus come at a crucial time. The U.S.-led coalition is working closely with Afghan officials to train national security forces to fight Taliban insurgents after most international troops withdraw by the end of 2014.

A statement from Karzai's office Wednesday said Rahtamullah Nabil would leave his post as National Directorate of Security director. It said the decision came because Nabil had served out his two-year term. It did not name a replacement.

Earlier Wednesday, lawmaker Abdul Qadir Qalatwal said Karzai will nominate new Defense and Interior ministers "today or tomorrow."