President Hamid Karzai criticized the U.S. and other foreign countries for creating a "parallel government'' in Afghanistan's countryside during a blunt overview of the country's problems before a U.N. Security Council delegation. Karzai called Tuesday for the international community to set a timeline to end the war in Afghanistan and asked why _ given the number of countries involved and the amount of money spent _ the Taliban remains so powerful. "This war has gone on for seven years, the Afghans don't understand anymore, how come a little force like the Taliban can continue to exist, can continue to flourish, can continue to launch attacks,'' he asked. With an entire NATO force in Afghanistan and the entire international community behind them, "still we are not able to defeat the Taliban,'' Karzai told the gathering at his presidential palace.