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Iran Demands Afghanistan Break Post-War Pact with US

Iran Demands Afghanistan Break Post-War Pact with US

MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images(TEHRAN, Iran) — Iran wants Afghanistan to break its Strategic Partnership Agreement with the U.S.The pact signed last week in Kabul by President Obama and Afghan President Hamid Karzai outlines the American role in Afghani…

Afghanistan Alleges NATO Attacks Killed 20 Civilians

Afghanistan Alleges NATO Attacks Killed 20 Civilians

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(KABUL, Afghanistan) — Afghan officials are claiming that at least 20 civilians have died in two separate NATO airstrikes since last Friday.NATO has confirmed that at least one of the assaults by its war jets against enemy target…

Karzai Boasts About Postwar Pact with United States

Karzai Boasts About Postwar Pact with United States

MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images(KABUL, Afghanistan) — Afghan President Hamid Karzai says he got most of what he wanted from the U.S. as a condition of signing the Strategic Partnership Agreement that defines America’s role in Afghanistan from 2014 and ov…

Obama, Karzai Sign Strategic Partnership Agreement

Obama, Karzai Sign Strategic Partnership Agreement

MANDEL NGAN/AFP/GettyImages(KABUL, Afghanistan) — In the atrium of the King’s Residence in the Afghan Presidential Palace, Presidents Barack Obama and Hamid Karzai signed the Strategic Partnership Agreement that charts a course for the U.S.-Afgh…

Karzai Demands $2 Billion a Year from US Following Troop Withdrawal

Karzai Demands $2 Billion a Year from US Following Troop Withdrawal

MASSOUD HOSSAINI/AFP/Getty Images(KABUL, Afghanistan) — Fearful that most financial support will dry up once the U.S. withdraws from Afghanistan, President Hamid Karzai is seeking a promise of $2 billion annually from Washington as part of the strateg…

Afghan President Praises His Forces’ Handling of Insurgent Attacks

Afghan President Praises His Forces’ Handling of Insurgent Attacks

SHAH MARAI/AFP/Getty Images(KABUL, Afghanistan) — In spite of an intelligence failure that didn’t foresee Sunday’s multi-pronged attack in Kabul and other Afghan cities, President Hamid Karzai praised his forces for repelling the start of the Taliban’…

Afghan President Considers Moving Up National Election

Afghan President Considers Moving Up National Election

MASSOUD HOSSAINI/AFP/Getty Images(KABUL, Afghanistan) — Voters in Afghanistan could be heading to the polls to elect a new president a year earlier than scheduled, if the current administration gets its way.President Hamid Karzai has discussed pushing…

US Ready to Cede Control of Nighttime Raids to Afghanistan

US Ready to Cede Control of Nighttime Raids to Afghanistan

John Moore/Getty Images(KABUL, Afghanistan) — The U.S. and Afghanistan are on the verge of a deal that would give President Hamid Karzai’s government more control over covert nighttime raids on Afghan homes, a practice that has driven a wedge between …

Taliban Breaks Peace Talks with US; Karzai Wants Troops Moved

Taliban Breaks Peace Talks with US; Karzai Wants Troops Moved

U.S. Marine Corps/Lance Cpl. Dexter S. Saulisbury/Released(KABUL, Afghanistan) — There’s no way of getting around the fact that this has been a testing week for U.S. efforts to maintain its continued military presence in Afghanistan.Following an incid…

Leon Panetta Lands in Afghanistan, Vows US Commitment

Leon Panetta Lands in Afghanistan, Vows US Commitment

TIM SLOAN/AFP/Getty Images(KABUL, Afghanistan) — U.S. Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta landed in Afghanistan Wednesday, just days after an American soldier allegedly went on a shooting spree there, killing 16 Afghan civilians in their homes as they s…

Afghan Delegation Comes Under Fire at Site of Massacre

Afghan Delegation Comes Under Fire at Site of Massacre

Mamoon Durrani/AFP/Getty Images(KABUL, Afghanistan) — An Afghan government delegation investigating the murders of 16 civilians by an American soldier came under attack Tuesday while visiting one of the crime scenes.The delegation includes two brother…

White House Officials Worried About Alleged Massacre in Afghanistan

White House Officials Worried About Alleged Massacre in Afghanistan

The White House/Pete Souza(WASHINGTON) — President Obama took the unusual step of telephoning Afghan President Hamid Karzai mid-afternoon Sunday — which was late at night, Afghanistan time.   Sources say he didn’t want to wait before …

Investigators Seek to Find Motive Behind US Soldier’s Killing of Afghans

Investigators Seek to Find Motive Behind US Soldier’s Killing of Afghans

Mamoon Durrani/AFP/Getty Images(ISLAMABAD) — Investigators are trying to learn what set off an Army veteran who left his base early Sunday morning and methodically massacred 16 Afghan civilians — most of them children and women.The attack comes just …

Obama and Karzai Meet via Video Conference, Discuss Partnership

Obama and Karzai Meet via Video Conference, Discuss Partnership

MASSOUD HOSSAINI/AFP/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — President Obama and Afghan President Hamid Karzai held a video conference Thursday to discuss the long-term U.S.-Afghan strategic partnership, and the transfer of the Bagram detention facility to Afghan …

Afghan President Urged to Sign Long-Term Partnership with US

Afghan President Urged to Sign Long-Term Partnership with US

SHAH MARAI/AFP/Getty Images(KABUL, Afghanistan) — A long-term U.S. partnership agreement with Afghanistan could go a long way to reducing tensions brought on by last week’s Koran burning by American troops at Bagram Airfield.NATO Secretary-General And…

Afghan President Eager to Start Direct Talks with the Taliban

Afghan President Eager to Start Direct Talks with the Taliban

SHAH MARAI/AFP/Getty Images(KABUL, Afghanistan) — Afghanistan’s president wants his government to start direct talks with the Taliban in an effort to end the 10-year-long war that appears to have reached a stalemate.In a statement issued by his office…

Karzai in Pakistan for Peace Talks; Admits Secret Talks with Taliban

Karzai in Pakistan for Peace Talks; Admits Secret Talks with Taliban

SHAH MARAI/AFP/Getty Images(ISLAMABAD) — Afghan President Hamid Karzai arrived in Islamabad Thursday to hold talks, believed to be aimed at making peace with the Taliban, with Pakistani officials.The day before, Karzai admitted to the Wall Street Jour…

Afghan President Preparing Direct Talks with Taliban

Afghan President Preparing Direct Talks with Taliban

SHAH MARAI/AFP/Getty Images(KABUL, Afghanistan) — In what is being described as a historic meeting, Afghan President Hamid Karzai plans on holding talks with the Taliban in Saudi Arabia as he seeks an end to the 10-year-long war.Up to now, the Taliban…

US Ambassador Dispels Rumors of ‘Secret’ Deal with Taliban

US Ambassador Dispels Rumors of ‘Secret’ Deal with Taliban

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — America’s top envoy to Afghanistan insisted on Tuesday that the U.S. is making no secret deal with the Taliban that would divide up the country.Rumors have persisted in the Afghan media that in its haste to leave A…

Afghan President Calls USMC Video ‘Deeply Disturbing,’ ‘Inhuman’

Afghan President Calls USMC Video ‘Deeply Disturbing,’ ‘Inhuman’

SHAH MARAI/AFP/Getty Images(KABUL, Afghanistan) — The president of Afghanistan, Hamid Karzai, spoke out Thursday about a video that purportedly shows U.S. Marines urinating on the corpses of suspected Taliban fighters, calling the incident “inhuman.””…

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