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What Is Trump Going to Do About the Forever War in Afghanistan ...

 

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Jan 23, 2017 ... The war in Afghanistan is now the longest in American history, and it's ... "A slowly deteriorating stalemate," is how Army lieutenant general, retired, Daniel Bolger recently described the situation to VICE. .... Philip Smith, president of the DC-based NGO the Afghanistan Foundation, echoed Sopko's account.

 
 
 
 
 
WASHINGTON: NATO's Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg on Wednesday praised US President Barack Obama's decision to keep the current level of 9,800 US troops in Afghanistan until the end of 2015. On Tuesday …Business Recorder · March 25, 2015

 

 
 
 
Afghan President Ashraf Ghani on Wednesday told Congress that his nation owed a "profound debt" to U.S. troops and American civilians who have helped secure and rebuild the war-torn nation. "The people of Afghanistan recognize the bravery of your …The Week Magazine · March 25, 2015
 
 
 
U.S. President Barack Obama said Tuesday that the 9,800 American troops stationed in Afghanistan would remain there until the end of the year, despite earlier plans to cut them by half. "Afghanistan remains a very …Voice of America · March 25, 2015
 
 
 
 
Rebecca Zimmerman is an associate policy analyst at the RAND Corporation, a non-profit think tank. The views expressed are her own. (CNN)The first official visit of Afghan President Ashraf Ghani to Washington comes …CNN · March 25, 2015
 
 
 
WASHINGTON – President Barack Obama announced Tuesday that the U.S. will slow its military withdrawal from Afghanistan, maintaining 9,800 troops in the country through the end of 2015 instead of cutting the …FOX News · March 25, 2015
 
 
 
WASHINGTON — President Obama said Tuesday that he will delay a planned withdrawal of U.S. troops from Afghanistan, and maintain a force of 9,800 in the war-torn nation through the end of this year. Reductions in …azcentral.com · ByJacquelyn Martin ,Mst March andDavid Jackson · March 25, 2015
 
 
 
 
Afghan President Ashraf Ghani arrives in the United States this week with a full agenda: meetings with President Barack Obama, discussions with U.S. officials at Camp David, an address to Congress, and a trip to the …The Wall Street Journal · March 22, 2015
 
 
 
 
Washington- ISIS is operating inside Afghanistan and eyeing the country as a strategic foothold in its broader war to establish a caliphate in the Middle East, Afghan President Ashraf Ghani sources. In an interview …The Nation · March 22, 2015
 
 
 
 
 
KABUL: Afghanistan faces a difficult spring in terms of security as the so-called “fighting season” with the Taliban begins, Afghan President Ashraf Ghani said on Saturday, adding that Pakistan was “pushing a …The Express Tribune · March 25, 2015
 
 
 
Washington- ISIS is operating inside Afghanistan and eyeing the country as a strategic foothold in its broader war to establish a caliphate in the Middle East, Afghan President Ashraf Ghani sources. In an interview …The Nation · March 23, 2015
 
 
 
 
KABUL: Afghanistan faces a difficult spring in terms of security as the so-called “fighting season” with the Taliban begins, Afghan President Ashraf Ghani said on Saturday, adding that Pakistan was “pushing a …The Express Tribune · March 23, 2014
 
 
 
 
 
 
Afghan President Ashraf Ghani has praised the US for the commitment shown to Afghanistan over 14 years during his first official visit to Washington. In a ceremony at the Pentagon Mr Ghani paid tribute to US soldiers …BBC · March 23, 2015
 
 
 
 
 
He will get a much warmer welcome than the man he replaced, but Afghan President Ashraf Ghani will likely have the same priorities as did predecessor Hamid Karzai when he begins his first trip as president to …Washington Times · 3/20/2015
 
 
 
 
KABUL, Afghanistan — As the Afghan president heads to the United States on his first trip to Washington as head of state, the landmark visit offers a chance for both sides to start afresh and wipe the slate clean on the …Owensboro Messenger-Inquirer · March 23, 2015
 
 
 
Secretary of State John Kerry walks with Afghanistan's President Ashraf Ghani prior to speaking before a meeting at the Camp David Presidential retreat, Monday, March 23, 2015, in Camp David, Md. The pace of U.S. troop withdrawals from Afghanistan will ...ABC News · March 23, 2015
 
 
 
 
Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai is seen before speaking at an event in Kabul, Afghanistan on September 22, 2014 REUTERS Last Updated Sep 29, 2014 3:21 AM EDT KABUL, Afghanistan --Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai was sworn in Monday as Afghanistan's new …CBS News · 9/29/2014
 
 
 
Lately, those who think Afghanistan’s mercurial president has left this earthly plane have had the upper hand. Much recent reporting paints a picture of a paranoid man sequestered in his palace, fuming over American slights, threatening to release dozens ...Politico · 2/10/2014
 
 
Outgoing Afghan President Hamid Karzai used his farewell speech to take one last swipe at the United States, capping an often testy relationship with an accusation that America has never wanted peace in Afghanistan. Mr Karzai, the only president ...The Independent · 9/23/2014
 
 
 
KABUL — Afghan President Hamid Karzai slammed the United States during his farewell address Tuesday, saying the U.S. war effort had failed to make Afghanistan peaceful. Karzai, who will be replaced by President-elect Ashraf Ghani on Monday …Washington Post · ByTim Craig · 9/24/2014
 
 
 
KABUL—America's fraught ties with Afghanistan suffered a jarring blow Sunday, when Afghan President Hamid Karzai said during a visit by the new U.S. defense secretary that the Taliban were killing Afghan civilians "in service to America." The remarks ...Wall Street Journal · ByYaroslav Trofimov ,Dion Nissenbaum andDion.nissenbaum · 3/11/2013
 
 
 
 
In April—two weeks after the election to replace him and usher in the first democratic transfer of power in Afghanistan’s history—Hamid Karzai sat down with Mujib Mashal for Mashal's “After Karzai” story in the July/August issue of The Atlantic.The Atlantic · 6/24/2014
 
 
On “This Week” Sunday, former Obama National Security Adviser Tom Donilon called Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai’s refusal to sign a long-term security agreement with the U.S. “reckless.” “President Karzai should go ahead and sign the …ABC News · 12/1/2013
 
 
 
Pervez Musharraf has said that under his regime, Pakistan had tried to undermine the Afghan government led by ex-president Hamid Karzai for helping “India stab Pakistan in the back”. “In President Karzai’s times, yes, indeed, he was damaging ...newsnation.in · 2/13/2015
 
 
Outgoing Afghan President Hamid Karzai used his farewell speech to take one last swipe at the United States, capping an often testy relationship with an accusation that America has never wanted peace in Afghanistan. Mr Karzai, the only president ...The Independent · 9/23/2014

 

 

 

 

"We want the Americans to respect our sovereignty and be an honest partner. And bring a lot of money." Thus declared Afghan President Hamid Karzai to a council of his country’s tribal elders, the loya jirga. You have to …Winnipeg Free Press · 11/28/2013

 

 

 

 

 

Afghanistan's Karzai stands alone in high-stakes game with U.S.

Reuters   Nov 28, 2013  12:13am

By Maria Golovnina and John Chalmers KABUL (Reuters) - President Hamid Karzai's stubborn refusal to sign a pact that would keep thousands of U.S. troops in Afghanistan after 2014 is a high-risk gamble that Washington will give in to his demands, one that has left him isolated as the clock runs down on his presidency. Diplomats said he may have over-played his hand, raising the risk of a complete ...
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US warns Karzai it may leave no troops in Afghanistan

AFP   Nov 26, 2013  02:51am
US national security advisor Susan Rice told Afghan President Hamid Karzai Monday that a delay in signing a troubled security deal risked the US pulling troops out of the country completely next year. The US said that Karzai had called for "new conditions" for signing the bilateral security agreement (BSA) to allow US forces to remain in the country after 2014. "Ambassador Rice stressed... that ...
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  1. NPRNov 26 10:18am
    The U.S. wants to nail down a security deal that would allow a limited number of troops to remain in Afghanistan beyond 2014. But American officials say the Afghan president keeps making new demands and could put the deal in jeopardy.

 

 

 

 

 

  1. Reuters via Yahoo! NewsNov 25 02:13pm
    By Mark Felsenthal WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Afghan President Hamid Karzai, in a meeting with U.S. National Security Advisor Susan Rice, proposed new terms for a deal governing troop withdrawal from Afghanistan and said he is in no hurry to sign the accord, the White House said on Monday. "President Karzai outlined new conditions for signing the agreement and indicated he is not prepared to sign ...

 

 

 

 

 

  1. Business Insider Nov 26, 2013   01:49pm
    Afghan President Hamid Karzai is holding...

 

 

 

 

 

  1. US News & World Report  Nov 26, 2013  07:16am
    Failed Karzai negotiations could lead to full U.S. withdrawal.

 

 

 

 

 

 

  1. MSN  Nov 26, 2013  03:36pm
    KABUL, Afghanistan –The White House threatened to withdraw all U.S. troops from Afghanistan next year, after President Hamid Karzai refused to sign a new bilateral security agreement.

 

 

 

 

 

  1. Los Angeles Times   Nov 25, 2013    06:53pm
    KABUL, Afghanistan — From presidential candidates to grocers and spice merchants, many Afghans threw up their hands in frustration and exasperation with their elected president on Monday. They had watched Hamid Karzai on TV the day before, and many were baffled by what they saw.

 

 

 

 

 

  1. Reuters Nov 24, 2013  05:44pm
    By Hamid Shalizi and Mirwais Harooni KABUL (Reuters) - An assembly of Afghan elders endorsed a crucial security deal on Sunday to enable U.S. troops to operate in the country beyond next year, but President Hamid Karzai left the matter up in the air by refusing to say whether he would sign it into law. The gathering, known as the Loya Jirga, had been convened by the president to debate the pact ...

 

 

 

 

 

  1. MSN   Nov 26, 2013   07:49am
    KABUL, Afghanistan –The White House threatened to withdraw all U.S. troops from Afghanistan next year, after President Hamid Karzai refused to sign a new bilateral security agreement.

 

 

 

 

 

 

  1. Daily Telegraph   November 21, 2013
    Afghan president tells council of tribal elders he cannot sign deal and that Washington will have to wait for his successor after election next April       

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Obama’s Security Deal Gives Karzai a Blank Check

The Fiscal Times    Nov 20, 2013    02:00amThe United States and Afghanistan have been growing apart for months. Afghan President Hamid Karzai embarrassed the United States this summer when he pulled out of peace talks without notifying Washington. President Obama responded by threatening to pull out of the country completely next summer. But the document makes clear that the United States would be footing the bill for Afghan .

 

 

 

 

 

According to SIGAR, the issue is much broader, as the U.S. government has paid $150 million to companies in Afghanistan with links to insurgents. Zurmat Material Testing Laboratory, part of the Zurmat Group, received government funding to build American ...Army Times · ByJoe Gould · 11/15/2013

   

 

 

 

 

According to SIGAR, the issue is much broader, as the U.S. government has paid $150 million to companies in Afghanistan with links to insurgents. Zurmat Material Testing Laboratory, part of the Zurmat Group, received government funding to build American ...Army Times · ByJoe Gould · 11/15/2013

 

 

 

 

 

About 2,500 tribal elders and political leaders from all around Afghanistan gathered in the capital, Kabul, for a Loya Jirga, or grand council, to debate whether to allow U.S. troops to stay after the 2014 drawdown of foreign …Reuters · By Hamid Shalizi · November 21, 2013
 
 
 

 

 

 

  1. Associated Press, November 21, 2013
    KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Afghanistan's president said he backs a security deal with the United States but told a gathering of elders on Thursday that if they and parliament approve the agreement it should be signed after next spring's elections. Hamid Karzai's abrupt decision to defer signing the agreement until ...

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

WASHINGTON — Secretary of State John Kerry announced on Wednesday that the United States and Afghanistan had finalized the wording of a bilateral security agreement that would allow for a lasting American …New York Times · ByThom Shanker · November 21, 2013

 

 

 

 

 

  1. Los Angeles TimesNovember 18, 2013
    The Afghan president says the upcoming loya jirga enables him to seek input on a security pact with the U.S. Critics say he wants political cover for a deal. KABUL, Afghanistan — This country has a president and parliament responsible for critical decisions on national security. But President Hamid Karzai, to the consternation of many who consider it a waste of time and money, has convened a ...

 

 

 

 

The United States has paid more than $150 million to local contractors in Afghanistan who have allegedly helped in terrorist attacks on American soldiers and posts, according to an “alert letter” from the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan ...AllGov · 11/17/2013
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Evidence obtained by the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR), John Sopko, reveals that a contractor, identified by the CENTCOM (Central Command) commanding officer, is financially supporting the Taliban, the Haqqani …examiner.com · 11/15/2013
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With two-thirds of Afghans lacking regular access to electricity, the United States has spent ... much," one British official told the Guardian. "We didn't think about how the Afghans would pay for it…We wanted to show …Mother Jones · November 21, 2013 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

KABUL, Afghanistan — Despite recent optimism about talks over a future American military presence here, two senior Afghan officials said on Sunday that the negotiations were at a profound impasse, days before an Afghan grand council is ...New York Times · ByRod Nordland ·  November 18, 2013  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Joyful family members and military brass welcomed home 19 “citizen warriors” of the Army Reserve and thanked them for a job well done Sunday during a ceremony at the U.S. Army Reserve Center just outside of …San Gabriel Valley Tribune ·   November 18, 2013
 

 

 

 

 

  1. Reuters , Nov 18, 2013   
    By Dylan Welch and Hamid Shalizi KABUL (Reuters) - Afghan President Hamid Karzai has rejected a provision of a U.S.-Afghan security pact, putting the entire deal in jeopardy just days before the country's elite gather to debate it, a senior Afghan official and a Western diplomat said. The question of whether foreign troops will be able to search Afghan homes after NATO's combat mission ends next ...

 

 

 

 

6 contractors found beheaded in Afghanistan

Associated Press   Nov 17, 2013   04:20am

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Afghan villagers discovered on Sunday the beheaded bodies of six government contractors in the country's insurgency-racked south, the apparent victims of Taliban insurgents who regularly target state projects, officials said.
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  1. Associated Press Nov 17, 2013      03:22am
    KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The death toll from a suicide vehicle bomb attack on the site of a key national council in Afghanistan's capital has risen to 12, officials said Sunday. The Taliban meanwhile took credit for the blast the day before outside the huge tent where next week's Loya Jirga is to be held later this week.

 

 

 

 

Bomber kills 6 in Afghanistan ahead US deal talks

Associated Press   Nov 16, 2013   11:21am

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — A suicide car bomber tore through the Afghan capital Saturday, just hours after President Hamid Karzai announced U.S. and Afghan negotiators had agreed on a draft deal allowing U.S. troops to remain in the country beyond a 2014 deadline.
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Bomb hits Afghanistan's capital on eve of US security talks

NBC NEWS   Nov 16, 2013   04:15am
KABUL, Afghanistan -- An Afghan defense ministry official says a powerful car bomb has struck the western edge of the capital, Kabul, near the site of next week's meeting of elders to discuss a controversial security agreement with the United States.Gen.
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Afghan Co. With Terror Ties Gets US Money, Sensitive Access: Report

ABC News   Nov 13, 2013   11:18am

Special inspector general sends letter of warning to Defense Secretary.       
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  1. Los Angeles Times   Nov 13, 2013   11:58am
    KABUL, Afghanistan -- An independent federal watchdog has accused the U.S. Army in Afghanistan of allowing access to a prison complex by an Afghan contractor identified by a Pentagon command as having assisted insurgents by providing bomb-making components.

 

 

 

 

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  1. ABC NewsNov 11, 2013     02:23pm
    The United States has paid more than $150 million to companies in Afghanistan that are accused of helping to finance terrorist attacks on American soldiers and facilities, according to the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction.     

 

 

 

  1. CNN   Nov 13, 2013    02:26am
    Opium poppy cultivation in Afghanistan rose 36% this year, according to a survey released Wednesday.

 

 

 

  1. NBC NEWSNov 13, 2013   12:00am
    KABUL – Afghanistan produced record levels of opium in 2013 – despite nearly $7 billion spent by the U.S. to combat the problem, according to a sobering United Nations report out Wednesday.

 

 

 

  1. Associated Press Nov 15, 2013   10:02am
    WASHINGTON (AP) — Secretary of State John Kerry and his predecessor, Hillary Rodham Clinton, said Friday that Afghanistan is reaching a turning point in maintaining the advances made by women in Afghan society and any future security agreement needs to respect the rights of women.

 

 

 

 

 

Daily Telegraph   Nov 13, 2013    12:54amOpium poppy cultivation in Afghanistan hits record high, UN report claims, with most of the rise in Helmand province, where British troops are about withdraw      

 

 

 

 

 

  1. UPI    Nov 06, 2013    07:43am
    KABUL, Afghanistan, Nov. 6 (UPI) -- A spokesman for Afghanistan's Ministry of Finance said two men were arrested after $5.7 million was stolen from the ministry's bank accounts.

 

 

 

 

  1. The Fiscal Times  Oct 30, 2013   10:18am
    The United States is just months away from losing oversight of some $725 million in Afghanistan development projects, putting the long-term sustainability of the ventures at severe risk. According to the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR), the United States will only have oversight of 21 percent of the country next year. This is a dramatic decline from the peak war ...

 

 

 

 

Losing Ground in Afghanistan

Time Magazine   Oct 29, 2013   10:00am

Insecurity is gripping the country as the U.S. leaves

 

 

 

 

 

Deutsche Welle   October 29, 2013

 

 

 

 

 

  1. Stars and Stripes  Oct 28, 2013   09:50am
    As U.S. forces withdraw from Afghanistan, the task of monitoring the billions of taxpayer dollars being spent on reconstruction is becoming more difficult and is likely to worsen, says the top U.S. watchdog in Afghanistan.

 

 

 

 

 

  1. Stars and Stripes   Oct 30, 2013   06:57am
    Despite hundreds of millions of dollars in American support for Afghan police facilities, officers at a district headquarters in Kunduz province have been left to live in squalor, a report from the U.S. government’s watchdog said.

 

 

 

 

 

  1. Reuters  Oct 27, 2013 08:07am
    By Jessica Donati KABUL (Reuters) - Afghanistan's independent election watchdog blamed the government on Sunday for failing to prepare the ground for next year's presidential election, and an opposition leader accused President Hamid Karzai of trying to influence the vote. Next year, millions of Afghans will vote in what is seen as the most important election in Afghanistan since the U.S.-led ...

 

 

 

Australia to pull troops out of Afghanistan

UPI   Oct 29, 2013 12:31pm

Veronica Linares (UPI) Oct 29 2013  -- Australia's Prime Minister Tony Abbott declared the end of his country's war in Afghanistan during a surprise visit to the
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Abbott Visits Afghanistan to Mark End of Australian Mission

Bloomberg   Oct 28,  2013 03:02pm
Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott visited Afghanistan to mark the end of Australia’s longest military commitment in a war.

 

 

 

 

Deutsche Welle   October 29, 2013

 

 

 

 

 

 

Deutsche Welle   October 29, 2013

 

 

 

 

 

As it winds down its 12-year-old military commitment in Afghanistan, the United States is still looking for a face-saving way out of a conflict that seems headed, at best, for a stalemate. The new bilateral security agreement between the two ...
New York Times · Oct, 21, 2013

 

 

 

 

I was in nearby Kandahar, where I had lived for seven years. By then, I was serving as an adviser to the commander of the international troops. “It’s the border police,” my friend galloped on, describing the house and the …
Bloomberg · Oct 21  2013

 

 

 

 

That question is being asked here and in Kabul as British troops, like their more numerous American counterparts, prepare to relinquish combat duties in Afghanistan next year after a tenure that appears to have achieved …
New York Times · ByAlan Cowell · 10/17/2013
 
 
WAS, D.C., Oct. 20 (UPI ... We want to work with the U.S. and other world powers as a responsible country," Geo News reported. Since 1907, United Press International (UPI) has been a leading provider of critical information to media outlets ...United Press International, Oct, 21, 2013
 
 
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States has quietly restarted security assistance to Pakistan, U.S. officials said on ... intelligence service to militant groups active in Afghanistan. But the bonds appear to be on the …Hartford Courant · , Oct, 21, 2013

 

 

 

 

  1. Bloomberg   Oct 20, 2013  03:29pm
    “It’s started! They’re stuffing the boxes!”

 

 

 

  1. Reuters  Oct 14, 2013 02:01pm
    By Hamid Shalizi MARCO, Afghanistan (Reuters) - Sayed Gul walked into a small mud brick room in eastern Afghanistan, a bundle wrapped in a shawl on his back. With a flick, he plonked the package onto a threadbare carpet and hundreds of voter cards spilled out. "How many do you want to buy?" he asked with a grin. Like many others, Gul left a routine job - in his case, repairing cars in Marco, a ...

 

 

  1. Aljazeera  Oct. 21, 2013
    Monsif Khan joins Taliban-allied group, taking with him guns and high-tech equipment.

 

 

 

  1. Daily Telegraph   Oct 21 03:20am
    Afghan army officer joins Hezb-i-Islami militants, dealing blow to government forces as they gear up for Nato withdrawal.       

 

 

 

 

 

 

  1. Deutsche Welle  Oct 21 03:48am

 

 

 

 

  1. ABC News   Oct 17, 2013 09:48am
    Watchdog says Afghan military failing at inventory, NATO orders parts anyway. NATO and Afghan security forces in 2012 were unable to account for nearly a quarter billion dollars-worth of spare vehicle parts bought by U.S. taxpayers for the Afghan military, according to a new government watchdog report. The audit report, released Wednesday by the Special Inspector...

 

 

 

 

  1. Washington Examiner  Oct 16, 2013 01:31pm
    U.S. and international forces can't keep track of hundreds of millions of dollars in vehicle parts purchased for the Afghan National Army with American funds — because no one is keeping inventory.

 

 

  1. Stars and Stripes  Oct 16, 2013 10:50am
    The NATO military coalition was unable to account for about $230 million worth of spare parts for Afghan National Army vehicles in 2012 and ordered $138 million worth of parts it may not have needed, according to a new report from the Special Inspector General for Afghan Reconstruction.

 

 

  1. New York Times  Oct 05, 2013   02:25pm
    Hamid Karzai, Afghanistan's president, is moving next door to the presidential palace after his final term ends, and he seems eager to exert influence over his successor.

 

 

 

 

Karzai has said he refuses to be rushed into signing the ... According to the Afghan government, talks ground to a halt over US demands for the right to conduct unilateral military operations, and on how the US would …
Raw Story · October 11, 2013
 
 
Under the Bilateral Security Agreement, or BSA, the United States plans to leave a still-unspecified number of troops — between 5,000 and 10,000, most probably — in Afghanistan to train and advise its security forces …Washington Post · ByKaren Deyoung · October 11, 2013
 
 
The UN Security Council has extended the mandate of the Nato-led force in Afghanistan for the last time before it hands over responsibility for security to Afghan forces at the end of next year. A resolution adopted unanimously by the council said the ...MSN UK News · October 11, 2013
 
 
  1. Reuters Oct 09, 2013   07:57am
    By Fredrik Dahl VIENNA (Reuters) - Afghanistan risks becoming a "full-fledged narco-state" without international support to help create alternative jobs for its people, a senior United Nations official said on Wednesday. Yury Fedotov, head of the U.N. Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), painted a bleak picture of Afghanistan's narcotics problem before next year's withdrawal of NATO-led combat ...
 

 

Daily Telegraph   Oct 08, 2013 12:55pmThe country faces being overrun when Nato troops depart, says Sandy Gall  

 

 

 

  1. New York Times  Oct 05, 2013   02:25pm
    Hamid Karzai, Afghanistan's president, is moving next door to the presidential palace after his final term ends, and he seems eager to exert influence over his successor.

 

 

 

  1. New York Times   Oct 08, 2013 06:06am
    The Afghan president's comments were made as talks on the long-term American security presence have reached an impasse.

 

 

 

 

  1. Daily Mail   Oct 08, 2013 07:52am
    The departing president said NATO airstrikes were a ‘violation against our sovereignty’, which has provoked angry responses from several camps.

 

 

 

  1. New York Times  Oct 08, 2013 06:20am
    President Hamid Karzai's comments came as talks on the long-term American security presence have reached an impasse.

 

 

 

  1. Christian Science Monitor Oct 07, 2013 02:16pm
    Afghan President Hamid Karzai marked the 12th anniversary of the US-led NATO invasion of Afghanistan 12 years ago that dislodged the Taliban from power and ended up installing him as leader by saying that Afghan women have nothing to fear from a return of Taliban influence and that nothing has been really gained thanks to the foreign military effort in the country.

 

 

  1. AFP Oct 08, 2013  01:28am
    Kabul (AFP) - A security deal to allow some US troops to stay in Afghanistan to fight Al-Qaeda was at risk of collapse Tuesday after President Hamid Karzai said he was prepared to walk away from negotiations.

 

 

  1. New York Times  Oct 05, 2013   02:25pm
    Hamid Karzai, Afghanistan's president, is moving next door to the presidential palace after his final term ends, and he seems eager to exert influence over his successor.

 

 

 

  1. Daily Telegraph  Oct 07, 2013 01:40pm
    As the end of his time in office approaches, the Afghan president has said Nato has brought much death and misery to his country, but little security     

 

 

 

  1. Associated Press Oct 06, 2013 02:06am
    KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — A bomb killed four U.S. soldiers in southern Afghanistan on Sunday, American and Afghan officials said. They were the latest casualties in a 12-year conflict that shows no signs of slowing down despite a drawdown in foreign forces.

 

 

 

Karzai: Nato has caused suffering

BBC News   Oct 07, 2013 09:44am

Afghan President Hamid Karzai tells BBC Newsnight that Nato has inflicted great suffering on the Afghan people, with insufficient gains.

 

 

 

  1. Los Angeles Times   Oct 06, 2013   09:00pm
    The four soldiers killed were Americans, says a spokesman for the governor of Kandahar province, where the attack occurred. KABUL, Afghanistan —The Taliban claimed responsibility Sunday for a bombing in southern Afghanistan that killed four members of a NATO patrol, reportedly Americans, on the eve of the 12th anniversary of the U.S.-led invasion.

 

 

  1. The Malaysian Insider   Sep 28, 2013   07:46am
    International donors will cut funding to Afghan projects unless action is taken to stop rampant graft from going unpunished, an independent anti-graft watchdog warned today. "The biggest problem in this country is impunity. People don't see the bad guys are being sanctioned, people do not trust the government," Drago Kos, chairman of the...

 

 

 

  1. Associated Press , Sept 29, 2013
    KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Taliban fighters on Sunday overran a district headquarters in a remote and mountainous region of northern Afghanistan, their latest offensive in an insurgent campaign to regain territory as foreign troops withdraw from the country, according to officials.

 

 

 

 

Karzai gets his wish on Taliban release

Al Jazeera   Sep 21, 2013 07:55am

Pakistan's decision to free second-in-command Abdul Ghani Baradar could boost peace process, but critics are sceptical.
 
 
  1. CNN   Sep 21 2013   09:08am
    Pakistan has released Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar, one of the founding members of the Afghan Taliban, foreign ministry spokesman Aizaz Chaudhry told CNN on Saturday.

 

 

 

  1. The Hindu    Sep 21, 2013   08:37am
    The Pakistan government released the detained Taliban leader, Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar on Saturday. On Friday, a foreign office statement said that this was being done to facilitate t...

 

 

 

  1. CNN    Sep 21  2013 08:33am
    Pakistan has released Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar, one of the founding members of the Afghan Taliban, foreign ministry spokesman Aizaz Chaudhry told CNN on Saturday.

 

 

 

 

  1. UPI    Sep 21, 2013  10:41pm
    KABUL, Afghanistan, Sept. 22 (UPI) -- Three U.S. troops were killed in a so-called green-on-blue attack in Afghanistan Saturday, military officials said.

 

 

 

 

  1. Newsweek   Sep 08, 2013   07:38am
    Ron Moreau and Sami Yousafzai report on the alleged corruption of a prominent Afghan minister.

 

 

 

 

  1. Bloomberg   Sep 11,2013   10:50am
    The U.S. doesn’t have a clear strategy to combat corruption in Afghanistan after providing $96 billion in reconstruction aid since 2002, according to a government watchdog’s audit.

 

 

 

  1. Asia TimesSep 20, 2013    12:33am
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  1. The Washington Times    Sep 11 , 2013  10:02am
    After spending 12 years and nearly $100 billion in rebuilding Afghanistan, the U.S. still lacks a "comprehensive anti-corruption strategy" for its reconstruction activities there, according to a report by the U.S. government watchdog in the country. The State Department never finalized a 2010 anti-corruption strategy, and the draft strategy and ...

 

 

 

  1. Asia Times   Sep 12, 2013    12:19am
    HERAT, Afghanistan - The threat to the stability of the Hamid Karzai government in Afghanistan arises not so much from outside as from within. And the one thing that is eating into its edifice is the malaise called corruption.

 

 

 

 

  1. Bloomberg   Sep 11, 2013   10:50am
    The U.S. doesn’t have a clear strategy to combat corruption in Afghanistan after providing $96 billion in reconstruction aid since 2002, according to a government watchdog’s audit.

 

 

 

 

  1. Stars and Stripes  Sep 11, 2013   08:59am
    After nearly 12 years of war in Afghanistan, the U.S. still lacks a comprehensive anti-corruption strategy, according to a new report from a top government watchdog.

 

 

 

 

 U.N. Official Presses Karzai on Rights Panel Appointees

 

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    New York Times  Sep 17, 2013  01:07am
    The top United Nations human rights official, Navi Pillay, is concerned that the Afghan president, Hamid Karzai, is stacking a human rights panel with political appointees.

 

 

 

 

 

  1. Agence-France Presse Sep 17, 2013   01:32am
    The UN human rights chief on Tuesday expressed fears that progress made in Afghanistan since the fall of the hardline Taliban regime in 2001 was draining away as NATO-led troops withdraw.

 

 

 

 

  1. The Washington Times   Sep 12, 2013   03:17pm
    A U.S. government program to improve public health standards in Afghanistan might have misspent as much as $190 million thanks to a "high risk of waste, fraud and abuse," though poor recordkeeping makes it difficult to know how much might have been lost, federal investigators say. The top U.S. watchdog ...

 

 

 

 

  1. Washington Examiner  Sep 13, 2013   12:03pm
    A member of the Afghan National Security Forces patrols on Sept. 8. As part of the 2014... American officials will waste billions of dollars on extra facilities being built with U.S. tax money for Afghanistan's military unless they scale the size and number of the facilities to match actual needs, the top watchdog for Afghan reconstruction said Friday.

 

 

 

 

  1. The Washington TimesSep 11 10:02am
    After spending 12 years and nearly $100 billion in rebuilding Afghanistan, the U.S. still lacks a "comprehensive anti-corruption strategy" for its reconstruction activities there, according to a report by the U.S. government watchdog in the country. The State Department never finalized a 2010 anti-corruption strategy, and the draft strategy and ...

 

 

 

  1. Stars and StripesSep 13 08:44am
    International military planners say they are rethinking base construction plans for the Afghan security forces after a report by the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction warned that future needs remain unclear.

 

 

 

 

  1. The Guardian      Sep 08, 2013 09:02am
    Army and police have their strengths but concerns about their weaknesses drive script that they are prepared and capable After more than a decade of fighting, Nato combat forces will all be gone from Afghanistan by the end of 2014, leaving the country's soldiers and police to fight the battle-hardened Taliban alone. A small foreign contingent may remain in a few bases around the country, but on ...

 

 

 

 

  1. Associated Press Sep 08, 2013   07:01am
    KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Taliban militants detonated a car bomb outside an Afghan intelligence office near the capital Sunday and then tried to attack it on foot with guns, officials and the insurgent group said. At least four soldiers guarding the compound were killed and six insurgents died in the assault, officials said.

 

 

 

 

  1. Associated Press Sep 08, 2013  02:43am
    KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — A powerful explosion went off next to an Afghan intelligence office not far from the capital Sunday, a provincial lawmaker said. There was no immediate word on casualties, but gunshots also were heard in the area.

 

 

 

"Escape from Taliban" author shot dead in Afghanistan

Reuters  News   Sep 06, 2013   01:38am

KHOST, Afghanistan (Reuters) - An Indian author whose story was told in the movie "Escape from Taliban" was shot dead after returning to Afghanistan to make a documentary about women, police said on Friday. The killing of Sushmita Banerjee, 49, on Wednesday was the latest in a series of attacks on women in the conservative Islamic country, adding to concern that hard-won women's rights are ...

 

 

  1. UPI    Sep 21 10:41pm
    KABUL, Afghanistan, Sept. 22 (UPI) -- Three U.S. troops were killed in a so-called green-on-blue attack in Afghanistan Saturday, military officials said.

 

 

 

  1. CBS NewsSep 21 04:43pm
    Defense Department says three troops killed in eastern Afghanistan by an Afghan wearing a security forces uniform are Americans

 

  1. Macleans.ca   September 5, 2013
    The phased withdrawal begins next month and wraps up in March 2014

 

 

 

 

Los Angeles Times  , September 5, 2013 The Taliban, police and thieves compete for control of Afghanistan's roads, with NATO truckers the target of attacks and extortion. KABUL, Afghanistan — Heading southeast out of the capital, Kabul's tightly packed concrete walls give way to vacant lots, dusty shops and half-finished construction projects conceived in better times. Makeshift memorials of plastic flowers peek from rock piles ..

 

 

 

fraud and abuse” and that there is “little assurance” the funds are being used as intended. The report, made available here by officials of the U.S. Agency for International Development, recommended that no further U.S.
Washington Post · September 5, 2013, 9/5/2013

 

 

  1. Fox News September 5, 2013
    The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) has continued to provide millions of American taxpayer dollars to an Afghan government agency that has been repeatedly cited for fraud and abuse, according to a new report.

 

 

 

  1. Associated Press Sep 04, 2013  11:37am
    KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The young woman worked for three years at the Afghan bank, officials say. Then one day she vanished. As did $1.1 million.

 

 

 

 

  1. Afghanistan seeks privatization bids again for troubled bank after previous effort failed

    The Canadian Press Canada News  Sep 03, 2013  09:36am
    KABUL - Afghanistan is trying again to privatize a major bank whose near-collapse rocked the country's fragile economy and served as an example of the country's rampant corruption.

 

 

 

  1. International arrest warrant out for female Afghan bank clerk, 22, who disappeared from Kabul branch along with $1.1m

    Daily Mail  Sep 04, 2013  10:53am
    Shokofa Salehi, 22, worked in the money transfer division at the headquarters of Azizi Bank, a major Afghan lender in Kabul.

 

 

 

 

  1. Associated Press  Sep 04 , 2013   11:37am
    KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The young woman worked for three years at the Afghan bank, officials say. Then one day she vanished. As did $1.1 million.

 

 

 

  1. Macleans.ca   September 5, 2013
    The phased withdrawal begins next month and wraps up in March 2014

 

 

 

 

Los Angeles Times  , September 5, 2013 The Taliban, police and thieves compete for control of Afghanistan's roads, with NATO truckers the target of attacks and extortion. KABUL, Afghanistan — Heading southeast out of the capital, Kabul's tightly packed concrete walls give way to vacant lots, dusty shops and half-finished construction projects conceived in better times. Makeshift memorials of plastic flowers peek from rock piles ..

 

 

 

 

  1. Fox News   September 5, 2013
    The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) has continued to provide millions of American taxpayer dollars to an Afghan government agency that has been repeatedly cited for fraud and abuse, according to a new report.

 

 

 

 

  1. Associated PressSep 04 , 2013   11:37am
    KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The young woman worked for three years at the Afghan bank, officials say. Then one day she vanished. As did $1.1 million.

 

 

 

  1. Afghanistan seeks bids to privatize troubled bank

    Associated Press   Sep 03, 2013  09:36am
    Afghanistan is trying again to privatize a major bank whose near-collapse rocked the country's fragile economy and served as an example of the country's rampant corruption. Kabul Bank's 2010 demise and ...

 

 

 

 

  1. New York Times  Sep 02, 2013   01:52am
    Taliban militants attacked a U.S. base in Afghanistan near the border with Pakistan on Monday, officials said. At least three people -- apparently all attacking insurgents -- were killed.

 

 

 

  1. Associated Press Sep 01, 2013   10:59pm
    KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — A group of suicide bombers attacked a U.S. base in Afghanistan near the border with Pakistan on Monday morning, leading to multiple explosions, a gunfight and the closure of a key road used by NATO supply trucks, officials said. Multiple vehicles belonging to U.S.-led forces were torched, according to an Afghan official.

 

 

 

 

Afghanistan Foundation Urges Karzai to Conclude Security ...

The Herald | HeraldOnline.com-August 23, 2013
WASHINGTON & KABUL, Afghanistan — The Afghanistan Foundation is urging the Karzai government today to conclude a bilateral security ...

 

 

 

 

 

  1. Business Wire, August 23, 2013   
    WASHINGTON & KABUL, Afghanistan--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The Afghanistan Foundation is urging the Karzai government to conclude a bilateral security agreement and new Status of Forces Agreement (SOFA) with the United States prior to the 2014 withdrawal.

 

 

 

 

  1. UPI   Aug 21, 2013   06:01am
    BAMYAN, Afghanistan, Aug. 21 (UPI) -- Gunmen kidnapped two foreign aid workers in Afghanistan's Bamyan province, security officials said Wednesday.

 

 

 

 

  1. Bloomberg   Jul 29 09:21pm
    Supporters of the Taliban and al- Qaeda in Afghanistan have been getting U.S. military contracts, and American officials are citing “due process rights” as a reason not to cancel the agreements, according to an independent agency monitoring spending.

 

 

 

  1. Stars and Stripes   Aug 19, 2013    09:19pm
    A massive contractor-run distribution center in Afghanistan's Helmand province offers a rarely seen glimpse into the behind-the-scenes logistics operation and ties into the debate over whether the contractor's costly bill is efficient business or an example of government contracts spun out of control.

 

 

 

 

  1. UPI   Aug 11, 2013    09:26am
    KABUL, Afghanistan, Aug. 11 (UPI) -- U.S. officials allege that an Afghan trucking company used graft and padded bills to skim some $77 million from military logistics contracts.

 

 

 

 

  1. VOA News  Aug 12, 2013    09:42am
    A U.S. audit of billions of dollars it provided to rebuild war-ravaged Afghanistan shows many projects are plagued by poor planning, inadequate inspections, and a lack of accountability. Since 2009, the U.S. government put $32 million into a project to prevent insurgents from placing explosives under roads. But according to the U.S. Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction, no ...

 

 

 

 

  1. UPI    Aug 11, 2013    09:26am
    KABUL, Afghanistan, Aug. 11 (UPI) -- U.S. officials allege that an Afghan trucking company used graft and padded bills to skim some $77 million from military logistics contracts.

 

 

 

 

  1. The Des Moines Register Jul 28, 2013  02:17am
    Leave it to a stubborn, small-town Iowa mayor to step up and help Congress thwart fraud in its decade-long, $100 billion reconstruction of war-torn Afghanistan.

 

 

 

 

  1. Independent   Aug 03, 2013     04:33pm
    The US government has awarded more than $150m (£98m) in contracts to companies and individuals in Afghanistan that are known to support the Taliban, according to a US spending watchdog. Related Stories Nine dead after suicide bombers attack Indian consulate in Afghanistan Live ammunition found on North Korean ship held in Panama Nine killed in suicide bomb attack on Indian consulate in ...

 

 

 

 

  1. Washington Examiner   Aug 01, 2013   03:42pm
    The top watchdog in charge of U.S. reconstruction efforts in Afghanistan warned that the U.S.... Roads full of good intentions can lead to waste before reaching Hades, and the top watchdog in charge of U.S.

 

 

 

  1. Christian Science Monitor     Aug 06, 2013,  12:20pm
    Last week I wrote about the clearly frustrated letter John F. Sopko, the US government's Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction, wrote to Congress about the difficulty the US seems to have with stemming the flow of US taxpayer money to the Taliban and Al Qaeda.

 

 

  1. UPI   Aug 11, 2013    09:26am
    KABUL, Afghanistan, Aug. 11 (UPI) -- U.S. officials allege that an Afghan trucking company used graft and padded bills to skim some $77 million from military logistics contracts.

 

 

 

 

  1. VOA News  Aug 12, 2013    09:42am
    A U.S. audit of billions of dollars it provided to rebuild war-ravaged Afghanistan shows many projects are plagued by poor planning, inadequate inspections, and a lack of accountability. Since 2009, the U.S. government put $32 million into a project to prevent insurgents from placing explosives under roads. But according to the U.S. Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction, no ...

 

 

 

 

  1. UPIAug 11, 2013    09:26am
    KABUL, Afghanistan, Aug. 11 (UPI) -- U.S. officials allege that an Afghan trucking company used graft and padded bills to skim some $77 million from military logistics contracts.

 

 

 

 

  1. The Des Moines Register Jul 28, 2013  02:17am
    Leave it to a stubborn, small-town Iowa mayor to step up and help Congress thwart fraud in its decade-long, $100 billion reconstruction of war-torn Afghanistan.

 

 

 

 

  1. Independent   Aug 03, 2013     04:33pm
    The US government has awarded more than $150m (£98m) in contracts to companies and individuals in Afghanistan that are known to support the Taliban, according to a US spending watchdog. Related Stories Nine dead after suicide bombers attack Indian consulate in Afghanistan Live ammunition found on North Korean ship held in Panama Nine killed in suicide bomb attack on Indian consulate in ...

 

 

 

 

  1. Washington Examiner   Aug 01, 2013   03:42pm
    The top watchdog in charge of U.S. reconstruction efforts in Afghanistan warned that the U.S.... Roads full of good intentions can lead to waste before reaching Hades, and the top watchdog in charge of U.S.

 

 

 

  1. Do we know how much US money is going to the Taliban in Afghanistan?
  2.  
    Christian Science Monitor     Aug 06, 2013,  12:20pm
    Last week I wrote about the clearly frustrated letter John F. Sopko, the US government's Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction, wrote to Congress about the difficulty the US seems to have with stemming the flow of US taxpayer money to the Taliban and Al Qaeda.

 

 

 

  1. Stars and Stripes Jul 29, 2013  08:28am
    The U.S. Agency for International Development has given nearly $50 million to contractors for a grant program intended to fund “quick-turnaround” community projects jointly with the Afghan government. But in 16 months the program has only funded numerous meetings and preliminary training, according to the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction.

 

 

 

  1. NBC NEWS   Jul 10, 2013 01:11pm
    The Office of the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR) is investigating why the U.S.

 

 

 

  1. Guardian Unlimited  Aug 06, 2013  02:35am
    US officials have yet to say publicly how many American troops will remain in Afghanistan after 2014 withdrawal date A German official has said the US defence secretary, Leon Panetta, has told Nato allies that the US will leave between 8,000 and 12,000 troops in Afghanistan after 2014, when combat ends. German defence minister Thomas de Maiziere told reporters that Panetta informed him of the ...

 

 

 

  1. Reuters via Yahoo! News   Jul 29, 2013
    By Susan Cornwell WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Army has refused to bar 43 individuals or companies from getting U.S. contracts in Afghanistan despite information that they support the Taliban or other enemies of U.S. forces, a government watchdog said on Tuesday. John Sopko, the Special Inspector General for Afghan Reconstruction (SIGAR), said he was concerned by the Army's refusal to follow ...

 

 

 

  1. CNBC Jul 23, 2013   08:27am
    The Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction has flagged several expensive failures, warning that some troubled projects continue to move forward, including an unwanted $34 million command ...

 

 

 

 

  1. Independent   Aug 03, 2013  
    The US government has awarded more than $150m (£98m) in contracts to companies and individuals in Afghanistan that are known to support the Taliban, according to a US spending watchdog. Related Stories Nine dead after suicide bombers attack Indian consulate in Afghanistan Live ammunition found on North Korean ship held in Panama Nine killed in suicide bomb attack on Indian consulate in ...

 

 

 

  1. CNBCJul 23 10:22am
    The Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction has flagged several expensive failures.

 

 

 

 

  1. National Journal Jul 23, 2013  04:26am
    The Pentagon is spending tens of millions of dollars on one of the strongest defenses to protect U.S. troops from improvised explosive devises in Afghanistan. But some of them might not actually be in use.

 

 

 

 

 

  1. Wired News    Jul 25, 2013
    As the U.S. prepares to withdraw troops from Afghanistan, the government watchdog charged with overseeing nearly $100 billion in contracts to reconstruct the country has found almost $2 billion in potential waste, fraud and abuse in the last three months alone — ...   

 

 

 

  1. Christian Science Monitor   Jul 30, 2013   10:13am
    The US military has been ignoring warnings that its spending in Afghanistan is funding Al Qaeda and the Taliban. And John F. Sopko, the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR), appears to have had enough.

 

 

 

  1. Christian Science Monitor Aug 06, 2013    12:20pm
    Last week I wrote about the clearly frustrated letter John F. Sopko, the US government's Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction, wrote to Congress about the difficulty the US seems to have with stemming the flow of US taxpayer money to the Taliban and Al Qaeda.

 

 

 

  1. Strategy Page     Aug 06, 2013  02:40am
    August 6, 2013: Corruption in Afghanistan can be astonishing at times. That’s because Afghans consider stealing from foreigners to be a laudable goal and this is a tradition that goes back thousands of years.

 

 

 

 

  1. Guardian Unlimited   Aug 04  2013
    Four Royal Marine commandos were killed in Afghanistan yesterday in one of the bloodiest days for British troops since they were deployed to fight the Taliban seven years ago. In one incident, a Royal Marine taking part in a routine patrol was killed in an explosion in the Sangin area yesterday. The marine, from 45 Commando, died of his wounds while being taken to the hospital at Camp Bastion ...

 

 

 

 

  1. New York Times   Aug 03, 2013
    The attempted assault on the consulate, in which the three attackers died along with the nine civilians, underscored tensions between India and Pakistan over their influence in Afghanistan.

 

 

 

 

 

Reuters via Yahoo! News   Aug 04 , 2013   JALALABAD, Afghanistan (Reuters) - A lawyer who prosecuted Taliban militants was seriously wounded by a roadside bomb in Afghanistan's east on Sunday, police said, a day after a deadly attack on the Indian consulate in the same city. The attacks underscored a recent trend of assaults by insurgents against foreign targets, as well as institutions perceived to be backed by the West. Another 16 ..

 

 

 

 

 

  1. NPR   Jul 30, 2013   03:48pm
    The latest Pentagon report to Congress on Afghanistan says the insurgency is still "resilient" and violence in some areas is at the same level as last year. But the Afghan forces are taking the brunt of the casualties now that the U.S. troop presence has decreased and the remaining forces have turned to training the Afghans.

 

 

 

 

 

  1. Reuters    Jul 29, 2013
    By Susan Cornwell WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Army has refused to bar 43 individuals or companies from getting U.S. contracts in Afghanistan despite information that they support the Taliban or other enemies of U.S. forces, a government watchdog said on Tuesday. John Sopko, the Special Inspector General for Afghan Reconstruction (SIGAR), said he was concerned by the Army's refusal to follow ...

 

 

 

 

  1. Agence-France Presse via Yahoo! New Zealand Sport   Jul 22,2013   04:13am
    Afghanistan's parliament on Monday sacked Interior Minister Mujtaba Patang, one of the country's most powerful security chiefs, less than a year after he took office.

 

 

 

 

Eric T. Lawson, 30, of Stockbridge, Ga., were killed when enemy forces attacked their vehicle with small arms and an improvised explosive device on Saturday. They were assigned to the 10th Transportation Battalion …
Los Angeles Times · , July 30, 2013
 

 

 

 

Supporters of the Taliban and al- Qaeda in Afghanistan have been getting U.S. military contracts, and American officials are citing “due process rights” as a reason not to cancel the agreements, according to an independent agency monitoring spending.

Bloomberg - July 30, 2013

 

 

 

  1. Today, the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR) reports that a $47 million US government stability program failed to bring any stability.
    Christian Science Monitor - Jul 29, 2013  10:56am

 

 

 

 

  1. KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — An overnight bombing and an early morning explosion Monday in southern Afghanistan killed at least 14 people, officials said.
    Associated Press - Jul 29, 2013    06:10am

 

 

 

 

  1. Supporters of the Taliban and al- Qaeda in Afghanistan have been getting U.S. military contracts, and American officials are citing “due process rights” as a reason not to cancel the agreements, according to an independent agency monitoring spending.
    Bloomberg - July 30, 2013

 

 

 

 

New Zealand’s Defence Force denied spying on a journalist while he was working for U.S. news organization McClatchy Co. in Afghanistan. In an article in the Sunday Star-Times newspaper yesterday, reporter Nicky …Bloomberg · ByMatthew Brockett · 7/28/2013 Bloomberg News

 

 

 

 

 

  1. Following through on the so-called “zero option” for Afghanistan – in which no US troops would remain in the country past 2014 – would be a dangerous way forward for the Pentagon, warn some lawmakers who say they are increasingly concerned about the prospect.
    Christian Science Monitor - Jul 24, 2013    12:22pm

 

 

 

 

 

  1. As the U.S. prepares to withdraw troops from Afghanistan, the government watchdog charged with overseeing nearly $100 billion in contracts to reconstruct the country has found almost $2 billion in potential waste, fraud and abuse in the last three months alone — ...        
    Wired News - Jul 25, 2013    01:34pm

 

 

 

 

 

 

  1. WASHINGTON (AP) — Lawmakers threatened Afghanistan on Tuesday with severe cuts in foreign aid if President Hamid Karzai's government institutes an exit tax on American military equipment, food supplies and other goods as the United States pulls most of its troops and much of its property out of the country over the next 18 months.
    Associated Press - Jul 23, 2013

 

 

 

  1. UPI    July    2013    18 01:06pm
    KABUL, Afghanistan, July 18 (UPI) -- U.S. officials say the cost of the troop drawdown in Afghanistan is rising as the Kabul government imposes heavy fines for cargo without valid customs forms.

 

 

 

 

 

  1. Associated Press July, 2013  18 06:16am
    KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Insurgents pulled over a minivan with eight young laborers on their way to work at a U.S. base in eastern Afghanistan on Thursday, forced them out and then shot them dead, officials said.

 

 

 

 

  1. 'A $34 Million Waste Of The Taxpayers' Money' In Afghanistan

    NPR  July 12, 2013

    A new U.S. facility in Afghanistanoffers 64,000 square feet of space for more than 1,000 military personnel. Finished last November, it cost tens of millions of dollars. It will never be used for its intended purpose, a military inspector says, and it could be demolished.

    "On a recent trip to Afghanistan, I uncovered a potentially troubling example of waste that requires your immediate attention."

    That's one of the opening lines of a letter the U.S. special inspector general for Afghanistan reconstruction sent to Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel this week. In it, Special Inspector General John Sopko detailed how a contract worth $34 million was used to build a facility U.S. troops will never use.

    It's the latest in a string of reports on waste from Sopko, who recently detailed how the U.S. for Afghanistan that its military can't use. In some cases, the best solution to the problem may simply be to demolish the facilities and destroy the equipment.

    "If Congress appropriates the money, they will spend it," Sopko says of the U.S. military's construction arm, in a conversation with NPR's Robert Siegel on today's .

 

 

 

 

  1. U.S. Considers Faster Pullout in Afghanistan

    New York Times   July 9, 2013

    President Obama, frustrated in his dealings with President Karzai, is considering speeding up troop withdrawals from Afghanistan and even leaving no American troops after 2014.

 

 

 

 

  1. New York Times  Jul 09, 2013  11:51am
    The attack in Kandahar in the south was the first so-called insider attack in more than a month.

 

 

 

  1. Associated Press via Yahoo! News   Jul 09 03:40am
    KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The Afghan army's commander in southern Afghanistan says one of his troops opened fire on American soldiers at Kandahar airfield but did not cause any casualties.

 

 

 

Afghanistan arrests former US translator

Associated Press via Yahoo! News  July 9, 2013

MAIDAN SHAHR, Afghanistan (AP) — Afghanistan intelligence on Monday announced the arrest of an Afghan who translated for the U.S. Special Forces and was linked to the mysterious deaths of at least nine civilians in an affair that has further strained relations between the U.S. and President Hamid Karzai.

 

 

 

work permits and business licenses, John Sopko, the special inspector general for Afghanistan reconstruction, wrote in a report released today. The payments are coming from the $93 billion in reconstruction and other non-combat related aid ...Bloomberg · ByTony Capaccio · 7/1/2013
 
 
Improper fines charged to American contractors by the Afghanistan government are adding "hundreds of millions of dollars" to the cost of the U.S. military's war effort in that country and may also be harming its execution, according to the Special ...Washington Examiner · 7/2/2013

 

 

Kabul - Karzai's five new appointments to the Afghan Human Rights Commission include a Mullah who view Shariah law as the best source of human rights legislation. A second comes from an Afghan fundamentalist party. A third is a bureaucrat close to …Digital Journal · ByKen Hanly · 7/2/2013

 

 

 

 

  1. Suicide bombers kill more than 30 in Afghanistan

    UPI , July 5, 2013

    TARINKOT, Afghanistan, July 5 (UPI) -- More than 30 people, including police and border officers, were killed Friday in three suicide bombings in southern Afghanistan, officials said.

 

 

 

 

  1. Afghan Donors Want Human Rights Panel Reconsidered

    New York Times July 3, 2013

    President Hamid Karzai’s widely criticized appointment of five new human rights commissioners has become a sore point with the countries that support Afghanistan financially.

 

 

 

Karzai, Frustrated, Wants Firm Pledges From U.S.

New York Times  July 3, 2013

The Afghan leader says he believes that bringing Washington around to his way of thinking is the biggest problem for his government, several Afghans said.

 

 

 

  1. Suicide attacks on Afghan police claim 14 lives

    Associated Press  July 5, 2013

    KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — A suicide bomber sneaked into a police dining hall in central Afghanistan at lunchtime Friday and blew himself up, killing 12, while a border police officer and a civilian were killed in a separate suicide attack in the south, authorities said.

 

 

 

  1. Suicide bombers kill 22, including police officers, in Afghanistan

    UPI

    TARINKOT, Afghanistan, July 5 (UPI) -- Suicide-bomb attacks, one at a police station, killed at least 22 people Friday in southern Afthanistan, officials said.

 

 

 

 

  1. NATO supplier's compound attacked in Afghanistan

    Boston Globe  July 3, 2013

    KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — A suicide truck bomber followed by heavily armed men stormed a NATO supplier's compound Tuesday in Kabul, prompting a gunbattle that left a dozen people dead in the latest Taliban attack on a high-profile target in the Afghan capital.       

 

 

 

 

  1. Afghan officials: Roadside bombs kill 6 children

    Associated Press , July 4, 2013

    KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Roadside bombs killed four young girls and two schoolboys in Afghanistan on Thursday while a police inspector was gunned down on her way to work, officials said.

 

 

 

 

 

 
The United States has poured billions into efforts to rebuild war-torn Afghanistan – but the Afghan government has violated an understanding between the two countries. It’s presented the U.S. a billion-dollar tax bill and …The Fiscal Times · ByBrianna Ehley · 7/2/2013

 

 

 

 

 

  1. Report: Millions wasted on disappearing tractors, solar panels in Afghanistan

    NBC NEWS   June 28, 2013

    A $70 million agricultural aid program in Afghanistan spent millions of U.S.

 

 

 

 

 

  1. The Huffington Post,  June 28, 2013
    WASHINGTON -- The Pentagon is spending more than three-quarters of a billion dollars to buy Russian-made helicopters and other aircraft for an Afghan aviation unit that lacks the troops and expertise to operate and maintain the equipment, a government watchdog warned. 

 

     The Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction said in a report    Friday these shortcomings mean the helicopters and fixed-wing aircraft destined for the Afghan Special Mission Wing "could be left sitting on runways in Afghanistan, rather than supporting critical missions, resulting in waste of U.S. funds." The report recommended putting the purchases on hold until the Afghans develop the capacity to support the aircraft.

 

 

 

 

 

  1. Report: Millions wasted on disappearing tractors, solar panels in Afghanistan

    NBC NEWS   June 28, 2013

    A $70 million agricultural aid program in Afghanistan spent millions of U.S.

 

 

 

 

 

  1. The Huffington Post,  June 28, 2013
    WASHINGTON -- The Pentagon is spending more than three-quarters of a billion dollars to buy Russian-made helicopters and other aircraft for an Afghan aviation unit that lacks the troops and expertise to operate and maintain the equipment, a government watchdog warned. 

 

     The Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction said in a report    Friday these shortcomings mean the helicopters and fixed-wing aircraft destined for the Afghan Special Mission Wing "could be left sitting on runways in Afghanistan, rather than supporting critical missions, resulting in waste of U.S. funds." The report recommended putting the purchases on hold until the Afghans develop the capacity to support the aircraft.

 

 

 

 

 

  1. Deutsche WelleJune 26, 2013
    The US wants talks with the Taliban in order to end the violence in Afghanistan. But experts say "the" Taliban do not exist as a single grouping and that this will hamper the peace process.

 

 

 

  1. UPI   June 26, 2013
    VIENNA, June 26 (UPI) -- More than 70 percent of the world's illicit production of opium last year came from cultivators in Afghanistan, the U.N. Office on Drugs and Crime said.

 

 

 

  1. Pacific Daily News   Jun 19 09:59am
    Afghan President Hamid Karzai listens to a journalists question during a joint press conference with NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen unseen after a security handover ceremony at a military academy outside Kabul on June 18, 2013. Afghan forces took control of security across the country on June 18, marking a major milestone as US-led combat troops prepare to withdraw after 12 years ...  USA TODAY, June 19, 2013

 

 

 

  1. Reuters Jun 17, 2013  01:15pm
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Republican on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee said on Monday he is holding up millions of dollars in U.S. aid to Afghanistan until President Barack Obama's administration explains the rationale behind more than a decade of cash payments to Afghan President Hamid Karzai. Senator Bob Corker, the senior Republican on the committee, said he put a hold on $75 million ...

 

 

 

GOP Sen. Corker presses Obama on Karzai CIA cash claims

  1. Sen. Bob Corker, the top Republican on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, is still trying to get answers from President Barack Obama regarding Afghan President Hamid Karzai's claims that he has been getting deliveries of CIA cash for years. "I write again to request an explanation of the incoherent United States policy in Afghanistan made [...]

    Yahoo News - The Ticket via Yahoo! News, June 17, 2013

 

 

 

 

 

 

 U.N. says more accountability needed on Afghanistan's Kabulbank scandal

By Michelle Nichols UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - More people must be held accountable for the 2010 collapse of Afghanistan's Kabulbank and robust action on asset recovery and financial regulation is essential to ease foreign donor worries and ensure continued aid, the United Nations said on Thursday. An Afghan court sentenced 20 men in March, including the bank's founder and chief executive, to ... 

 

 

 

  1. National Post,  June 19, 2013
    The Afghan president on Wednesday suspended talks with the United States on a new security deal to protest the way his government was being left out of initial peace negotiations with the Taliban meant to find a way to end the nearly 12-year war.

 

 

 

 

 

  1. First Take: Afghanistan's Karzai, unreliable as ever

    Pacific Daily News   Jun 19 09:59am
    Afghan President Hamid Karzai listens to a journalists question during a joint press conference with NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen unseen after a security handover ceremony at a military academy outside Kabul on June 18, 2013. Afghan forces took control of security across the country on June 18, marking a major milestone as US-led combat troops prepare to withdraw after 12 years ...  USA TODAY, June 19, 2013

 

 

  1. Afghanistan Suspends US Security Talks

    Afghanistan has suspended negotiations with the U.S. on a bilateral security deal, in a dispute over proposed U.S. talks with the Taliban. A statement from Afghanistan's National Security Council Wednesday cited "the contradiction between acts and the statements made" by the U.S. in regard to the peace process. The U.S. talks with Afghanistan are focused on what American and coalition security ...

    VOA News (Voice of America), June 19, 2013

 

 

 

 

  1. Daily Mail  June 19, 2013
    Hamid Karzai has dropped out of talks about taking over the lead for security from the NATO coalition in protest at the way his government has been left out of initial peace negotiations.

 

 

 

Los Angeles Times   June 19, 2013

The Afghan president on Wednesday suspended talks with the United States on a new security deal to protest the way his government was being left out of initial peace negotiations with the Taliban meant to find a way to end the nearly 12-year war.

 

 

 

  1. Reuters Jun 17, 2013  01:15pm
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Republican on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee said on Monday he is holding up millions of dollars in U.S. aid to Afghanistan until President Barack Obama's administration explains the rationale behind more than a decade of cash payments to Afghan President Hamid Karzai. Senator Bob Corker, the senior Republican on the committee, said he put a hold on $75 million ...

 

 

 U.N. says more accountability needed on Afghanistan's Kabulbank scandal

By Michelle Nichols UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - More people must be held accountable for the 2010 collapse of Afghanistan's Kabulbank and robust action on asset recovery and financial regulation is essential to ease foreign donor worries and ensure continued aid, the United Nations said on Thursday. An Afghan court sentenced 20 men in March, including the bank's founder and chief executive, to ... 

 

 

 

 

  1. Afghanistan: Nato Security Handover Marked by Deadly Blast

    President Hamid Karzai announces official handover of lead security role to Afghan forces.

    International Business Times UK  , June 18, 2013

 

 

 

 

  1. Deadly blast marks Afghan security handover

    At least three killed in Kabul as President Karzai announces handover of security from NATO to Afghan forces.

    Aljazeera    June 18, 2013

 

 

 

 

  1. Blast in Afghan capital amid security transition

    KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — A large explosion has been heard in the Afghan capital as the international military coalition hands over security responsibility to the nascent national army and police.

    Washington Examiner, June 18, 2013

 

 

 

 

  1. Karzai announces Afghan security handover

    President Hamid Karzai announced the transfer of nationwide security from NATO to Afghan control, a major milestone as the US-led war effort winds down after 12 years.

    AFP  June 18, 2013

 

 

 

  1. Karzai Hails Transition as Afghan Forces Take Lead Security Role

    Afghan forces are taking the lead role in security nationwide, President Hamid Karzai said at a ceremony in Kabul to mark the end of a transition as the U.S.- led coalition winds down its 12-year war.

    Bloomberg  , June 18, 2013

 

 

 

 

U.N. says more accountability needed on Afghanistan's Kabulbank scandal

By Michelle Nichols UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - More people must be held accountable for the 2010 collapse of Afghanistan's Kabulbank and robust action on asset recovery and financial regulation is essential to ease foreign donor worries and ensure continued aid, the United Nations said on Thursday. An Afghan court sentenced 20 men in March, including the bank's founder and chief executive, to ...

Reuters , June 15, 2013

 

 

 

Expect more attacks on foreigners in Afghanistan, warns deputy commander

By Amie Ferris-Rotman KABUL (Reuters) - The international community in Afghanistan, recently hit by two high-profile attacks on aid organizations, should brace itself for more Taliban violence in the coming months, the deputy commander of foreign forces said. "I think we should expect (the Taliban) to attack international forces and internationals more generally," Lt General Nick Carter, Britain ...

Reuters, June 15, 2013

 

 

 

  1. Georgia shuts 2 bases in Afghanistan after attacks

    KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Georgia said Wednesday that the country has closed two of its bases in Afghanistan after 10 of its soldiers were killed by militant attacks within the last four weeks, but it will not reduce the number of troops serving there.

    Associated Press ,  June 12, 2013

 

 

 

 

Karzai orders Britain to hand over detainees

Afghan President Hamid Karzai has demanded that all detainees being held by British forces in the restive south be handed over within two weeks, saying that holding prisoners any longer would be a violation of sovereignty.

Agence-France Presse  June 6, 2013

 

 

 

 

 

 WATCHDOG SAYS GOVERNMENT WANTS TO SILENCE HIM, by POLITICO’s Stephanie Gaskell: “The watchdog who tracks the billions of taxpayer dollars spent to rebuild Afghanistan says government officials have tried to silence him because they think he's embarrassing the White House and Afghan President Hamid Karzai by pointing out the waste and fraud. John Sopko, the special inspector general ( SIGAR ) for Afghanistan reconstruction, used a speech at the New America Foundation on Wednesday to blast government ‘bureaucrats’ who have told him to stop publicizing damning audits that detail case after case of waste, corruption and mismanagement of rebuilding efforts in Afghanistan.” May 2013  http://politi.co/171ersL

 

 

 

 

 

  1. Report confirms high toll from Afghan insider attacks in 2012

    The latest quarterly report from the US government's Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR) reports that 15 percent of US casualties in Afghanistan from "hostile action" came in the form of Afghan police and soldiers turning their guns on their erstwhile allies.

    Christian Science Monitor   06/06/2013

 

 

  1. Afghanistan Denies Wrong Taxing of U.S. Contractors

    Afghanistan Denies Wrong Taxing of U.S. Contractors

    Nasdaq May 2013

 

 

  1. Audit: Afghans bilk U.S. contractors for $93M in taxes

    Inspector general's report highlights dispute over who should pay Afghan taxes, costly inefficiencies of war run by contractors

    CBS News 05/2013

 

 

  1. Much of $1bn Afghanistan tax bill is bogus, says US

    American watchdog claims Afghan government is charging US contractors with illegal taxes The Afghan government has charged a tax bill of nearly $1bn (£600m) to foreign firms working for the US military and government over the last five years, but there is no legal basis for many of the charges and levies, a US watchdog has found in a damning new report released on Tuesday. Kabul has ignored ...

    Guardian Unlimited  05/2013

 

 

 

 

  1. NDTV2 hours,   06/08/2013
    An Italian soldier was killed and three others were wounded on Saturday after their armoured vehicle was attacked in western Afghanistan, the defence ministry and the military said.       

 

 

  1. BBC News2 hours,   06/08/2013
    Three international soldiers have been killed in a possible insider attack in Afghanistan, officials from the Nato-led force say.

 

 

  1. Deutsche Welle    06/08/2013
    In an unannounced visit to Afghanistan, German Foreign Minister Westerwelle acknowledged the challenges facing Afghanistan as ISAF troops prepare to withdraw next year. He also called for reform ahead of 2014 elections.

 

 

 

 

 

"The Afghans look at this and they sort of roll up their eyes ... and continued financial support. Obama guaranteed US support for Afghanistan in May "Some of this corruption is unfortunately the result of the large sums of money the US and our NATO ...Deutsche Welle · 5/30/2013
 

 

  1. Commentary: Choosing sides in Afghanistan

    Hamid Karzai has been president of Afghanistan for a long time - since the end of 2001, when he was installed by a U.S.-led alliance. At the time, he seemed a charming, English-speaking leader with a colorful wardrobe who could craft a democratic, post-Taliban state.

    Stars and Stripes , June 2, 2013

 

 

 

  1. NATO to discuss post-2014 Afghan war details

    BRUSSELS (AP) — The top U.S. commander in Afghanistan said it will likely be the fall before he is ready to recommend how many troops the U.S. and its allies should keep in Afghanistan after combat troops leave in 2014 and what exactly their missions will be.        

    Boston Globe  June 5, 2013

 

 

 

 

  1. US military deaths in Afghanistan at 2,097

    As of Tuesday, June 4, 2013, at least 2,097 members of the U.S. military had died in Afghanistan as a result of the U.S.-led invasion of Afghanistan in late 2001, according to an Associated Press count.

    Associated Press , June 5, 2013 

 

 

 

 

  1. Red Cross cuts its staff in Afghanistan as Nato withdrawal fuels turmoil

    An attack on a Red Cross compound in Afghanistan has forced the organisation to withdraw a significant number of staff from the country, even as the prospect of civil war looms.        

    Daily Telegraph June 4, 2013

 

 

 

 

  1. Red Cross to withdraw foreign staff from Afghanistan following attack

    By Dylan Welch KABUL (Reuters) - The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) is removing some international staff and curtailing operations in Afghanistan following last week's fatal attack on their Jalalabad compound, a spokesman said on Tuesday. The ICRC has held emergency meetings since the May 29 attack in the east of the country in which an Afghan guard was shot dead and three ...

    Reuters  June 4, 2013

 

 

 

  1. Afghanistan bombings kill 19, including 11 children

    Nine schoolchildren and two coalition soldiers are among the victims of a suicide bomber. Elsewhere in Afghanistan, a roadside explosive kills a family. KABUL, Afghanistan — Two bomb blasts killed at least 19 people in eastern Afghanistan on Monday, including 11 children and two soldiers from the U.S.-led coalition, as Taliban militants continued a wave of violence as part of their spring ...

    Los Angeles Times June 4, 2013

 

 

 

 

  1. Address Afghanistan human rights, Amnesty International tells NATO

    LONDON, June 3 (UPI) -- Rights gained in the past 12 years in Afghanistan must be protected, the human rights organization Amnesty International said in a statement Monday.

    UPI , June 4, 2013

 

 

 

 

  1. 2 Fort Campbell soldiers killed in Afghanistan

    FORT CAMPBELL, Ky. (AP) — The military says two Fort Campbell soldiers died in Afghanistan after their unit was struck by an improvised explosive device. Killed on Monday were 23-year-old 2nd Lt. Justin Lee Sisson of Phoenix, Ariz., and 20-year-old Spc. Robert Allan Pierce of Panama, Okla. They were assigned to the 1st Battalion, 506th Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne ...

    WDEF Chattanooga June 5, 2013

 

 

 

 

  1. Red Cross to withdraw staff from Afghanistan following attack

    The Red Cross is removing some international staff and curtailing operations in Afghanistan following last week's fatal attack.

    TVNZ1  June 4, 2013

 

 

 

 

  1. Afghans demand arrest of US troops over killings

    KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Hundreds of Afghans blocked a major highway south of Kabul on Tuesday, carrying freshly dug-up bodies they claimed were victims of torture by U.S. special forces and demanding the Americans be arrested, officials said.

    Associated Press June 5, 2013

 

 

 

  1. Afghanistan Suicide Bomber Kills Nine Schoolchildren

    US troops on patrol in Samkani escape market bomb but students on lunch break take full force of blast.

    International Business Times UK June 3, 2013

 

 

 

 

  1. Eastern Afghanistan struggles for power

    Being supplied with electricity in Jalalabad requires both political and grid connections.

    Aljazeera  June 2, 2013

 

 

 

 

  1. Brother’s Search Comes to Grim End in Afghanistan

    The remains of two men are found outside a former American Special Forces base in Afghanistan on Saturday, two days after two other bodies were found near the base.

    New York Times June 3, 2013

 

 

 

  1. Commentary: Choosing sides in Afghanistan

    Hamid Karzai has been president of Afghanistan for a long time - since the end of 2001, when he was installed by a U.S.-led alliance. At the time, he seemed a charming, English-speaking leader with a colorful wardrobe who could craft a democratic, post-Taliban state.

    Stars and Stripes, June 2, 2013

 

 

 

 

"The Afghans look at this and they sort of roll up their eyes ... and continued financial support. Obama guaranteed US support for Afghanistan in May "Some of this corruption is unfortunately the result of the large sums of money the US and our NATO ...Deutsche Welle · 5/30/2013

 

 

 

 

  1. Gen. Allen Calls on President Barack Obama to Release Post-2014 Afghanistan Numbers

    Former top U.S. general in Afghanistan lays out plan for success post-2014.

    US News & World Report, May 31

 

 

 

Every family has paid £2,000 towards the bill for the war in Afghanistan, it emerged today. Over a decade and a half the conflict will have cost Britain at least £40billion – enough to hire and pay 5,000 nurses or police officers for their ...Daily Mail · 5/30/2013
 
The book claims the war, which has lasted more than a decade, has cost Britain at least £37 billion. By 2020, Frank Ledwidge, author of Investment in Blood, estimates Britain will have spent at least £40 billion on the Afghan campaign – a ...Daily Telegraph · 5/30/2013
 
Around 444 British soldiers have been killed in the Afghan conflict, according to the latest official MoD figures. The MoD has estimated the cost so far of conducting military operations in Afghanistan to be about £25bn. MoD officials said on Wednesday ...The Guardian · 5/29/2013

 

 

 

 

Karzai's brother plans independent run in Afghan election

By Sarwar Amani and Ismail Sameen KANDAHAR, Afghanistan (Reuters) - Afghan President Hamid Karzai's older brother Qayum will run in next year's presidential election, their younger brother said, as the country's most powerful family seeks to maintain a political hold in Afghanistan. President Karzai is constitutionally prohibited from running for a third term when the country votes for a new ...

Reuters May 26, 2013

 

 

 

 

 

Afghanistan's Karzai gives India military equipment 'wish list'

By Ross Colvin NEW DELHI (Reuters) - Afghan President Hamid Karzai said on Wednesday he had given a "wish list" of military equipment to India during a visit this week, presenting a conundrum for New Delhi as it weighs whether arming the Afghan army is in its interests. India wants to stabilize Afghanistan and is concerned about the resurgence of militant groups after foreign combat troops leave ...

Reuters , May 22, 2013

 

 

 

 

  1. Afghan president Hamid Karzai hands India weapons 'wish list'

    Afghanistan's president, Hamid Karzai, today said he had handed a “wish list” to India seeking greater military and civilian support to fill the vacuum created by the withdrawal of Western next year – an undertaking that is likely to spark anxiety in neighbouring Pakistan. Related Stories Kim Jong-un tries to rebuild bridges with release of Chinese hostages The five-mile high octogenarian ...

    Independent , UK , May 22, 2013

 

 

 

Karzai meets Indian leaders in push for military aid

NEW DELHI (AFP) - Afghan President Hamid Karzai held talks with Indian leaders Tuesday, hoping to secure more military aid as he looks to beef up his security forces after international troops pull out next year.

AFP , May 22, 2013

 

 

 

 

 

 

  1. Karzai seeks Indian military aid amid Pakistan row

    KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Afghan President Hamid Karzai will seek increased military aid from India during a three-day visit starting Monday and will discuss recent cross-border clashes with Pakistan, India's archrival, an aide said.

    Associated Press May 19, 2013

 

 

 

 

  1. By Hamid Shalizi KABUL (Reuters) - Afghan President Hamid Karzaiplans to discuss potential arms deals with Indian officials during a trip to New Delhi this week, officials said, at a time when tensions are running high on Afghanistan's disputed border with Pakistan. Kabul's overtures to New Delhi are likely to rile Islamabad where a new government led by two-time prime minister Nawaz Sharif is ...
    Reuters, May 19, 2013

 

 

 

  1. Allegations reflecting the country’s deep levels of corruption surfaced in a dramatic session of the Afghan Parliament. Mujib Mashal reports from Kabul.
    Newsweek - May 16, 2013  12:30pm

 

 

 

Bombs kill 9 inside elite Afghan housing complex

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Two bombs hidden in a motorcycle and a car exploded inside an elite gated community linked to the family of Afghan President Hamid Karzai on Friday evening, killing at least nine people and wounding more than 70 near the southern city of Kandahar, an official said.
Associated Press - May 17 02:37pm

 

 

 

 

  1. KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — A suicide bomber rammed his car into a NATO convoy in the Afghan capital on Thursday, killing at least 12 people, including two coalition troops, four civilian contractors and two children, officials said.
    Associated Press via Yahoo! News - May 16, 2013  04:36am

 

 

  1.  
  2. By Sarwar Amini KANDAHAR, Afghanistan (Reuters) - Four U.S. soldiers were killed by a roadside bomb in Afghanistan's Kandahar province on Tuesday, the coalition and officials said, a day after three Georgian soldiers were killed in nearby Helmand. The soldiers were in a vehicle on patrol in Kandahar's Zhari district when they were killed, provincial spokesman Jawid Ahmad Faisal said. May has ...
    Reuters  - May 14, 2013  07:19am

 

 

 

 

  1. KANDAHAR AIR BASE, Afghanistan — A suicide bomber rammed his explosives-laden car into a NATO convoy in the Afghan capital of Kabul, killing 15 and wounding several dozen more. Among those killed were two U.S. soldiers and four American civilian contractors, according to an International Security Assistance Force statement. Nine ...
    The Washington Times - May 16, 2013  01:36pm

 

 

 

  1. Afghanistan: Bomb kills 15, including 6 Americans

    KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — A suicide car bombing tore through a U.S. convoy in Kabul on Thursday, killing at least 15 people including six Americans in a blast so powerful it rattled the other side of the Afghan capital. U.S. soldiers rushed to help, some wearing only T-shirts or shorts under their body armor.

    Associated Press via Yahoo! News May 16, 2013  20:26PM UTC

 

 

 

 

  1. Afghanistan fails to pass law banning violence against women

    A law banning violence against women, considered a major step forward in women's rights in Afghanistan, failed to pass parliament. The law would have also created shelters for abused women, and limited the number of wives permitted to two.

    The Christian Science Monitor, May 18, 2013

 

 

 

 

 

  1. Two dead, 13 injured in Afghanistan roadside bombs

    KHOST CITY, Afghanistan, May 18 (UPI) -- Two people died and at least 13 were injured Saturday in two separate roadside bomb explosions in Afghanistan, police said.

    UPI, May 18, 2013

 

 

 

 

 

  1. Afghanistan blast targets NATO convoy, kills at least 6 (+video)

    Afghan insurgent group Hizb-e-Islami claimed responsibility for the attack, saying it plans further attacks against foreign troops.

    The Christian Science MonitorMay 17, 2013    01:34AM

 

 

 

  1. KABUL, Afghanistan -- Six Americans were killed when a suicide bomber targeted a convoy carrying foreign troops in Kabul on Thursday, according to a NATO source.The victims included two soldiers and four civilian contractors, the source added.Officials said at least six Afghan civilians had also died.Kabul police spokesman Hashmatullah Stanikzai said the attacker detonated a Toyota Corolla. He ...
    MSNBC - May 16, 2013 08:00am

 

 

  1. KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — A truck bombing Monday killed three coalition service members in southern Afghanistan, NATO said in a statement. A local official said the attack targeted a base operated by troops from Georgia.
    Associated Press  - May 13, 2013 12:07pm

 

 

  1. KANDAHAR, Afghanistan (AP) — A roadside bomb struck a U.S. convoy and killed four American troops in southern Afghanistan Tuesday, while a motorcycle bomb in a crowded village market in a neighboring province killed at least three people, officials said.
    Associated Press  - May 14,2013  07:48am

 

 

  1. A suicide bomber rammed his car into a U.S. convoy in Kabul on Thursday, killing at least 15 people including two American soldiers and four civilian contractors, officials said.
    News Channel 5 Nashville - May 16, 2013  07:23am

 

 

  1. A suicide car bombing tore through a U.S. convoy during rush hour in the Afghan capital on Thursday, killing at least 15 people, including six U.S. military advisers and two children, officials said. U.S. soldiers rushed to the scene to help, including some wearing only T-shirts or shorts under their body armor.
    San Jose Mercury News - May 16, 2013  10:36am

 

 

  1. Afghanistan's parliament has failed to pass a law banning violence against women, a severe blow to progress made in women's rights in the conservative Muslim country since the Islamist Taliban was toppled over a decade ago.
    Stuff - May 18, 2013

 

 

  1. Kandahar, Afghanistan — A roadside bomb struck a U.S. convoy in southern Afghanistan Tuesday, killing three American troops, while a motorcycle bomb in a crowded village market killed at least three Afghan civilians, officials said.
    Detroit News - May 14, 2013  10:41am

 

 

 

  1. KABUL, Afghanistan--Many Americans think we’re winding down in Afghanistan by the end of next year, for better or for worse.
    National Journal via Yahoo! News - May 13 11:29am

 

 

 

  1. As of Tuesday, May 14, 2013, at least 2,085 members of the U.S. military had died in Afghanistan as a result of the U.S.-led invasion of Afghanistan in late 2001, according to an Associated Press count.
    Associated Press via Yahoo! News - May 14, 2013  12:41pm

 

 

  1. Senior American and Afghan officials met in Kabul to iron out details of a pact that defines relations after 2014, when foreign combat troops are to withdraw from Afghanistan.
    New York Times - May 11, 2013  11:37am

 

 

 

 

Karzai says US could keep nine Afghanistan bases

Afghan President Hamid Karzai said Thursday that he could allow the United States to keep nine military bases in the country as part of negotiations over a long-term security pact with Washington.

Agence-France Presse  May 9, 2013  18:13PM UTC

 

 

 

 

Karzai: Afghanistan ready to let US have 9 bases

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Afghan President Hamid Karzai says he is ready to let the U.S. have nine bases in the country after the 2014 combat troop pullout, but wants Washington's "security and economic guarantees" first.        

Boston Globe May 9, 2013  08:46AM UTC

 

 

 

  1. Karzai acknowledges CIA payments

    Afghan president says he has frequently received money but does not disclose how much.

    Washington Post May 4, 2013  20:23PM UTC

 

 

 

 

Hamid Karzai Would Prefer If That Sweet CIA Money Kept Coming, Thanks

Afghan president Hamid Karzai isn't ready to give up his financially beneficial relationship with the CIA just yet. No, he wants those backpacks full from cash to keep coming. Karzai said he met with the CIA's Afghanistan station chief a few hours before while speaking with reporters Saturday. The conversation went fairly well, if Karzai is to be believed. 

The Atlantic Wire May 4, 2013  20:18PM UTC

 

 

 

Karzai: CIA promises to continue cash payments

Afghan President Hamid Karzai says he has received assurances from the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency's station chief in Kabul that it will continue delivering cash, as it has for the past decade, to his offices.
CNN - May 05, 2013  05:44pm
 
  1. MPs question MI6 cash for Karzai

    British intelligence is handing "bundles" of cash to Hamid Karzai, the President of Afghanistan, for special peace projects despite warnings that handouts are promoting corruption in his regime.MI6 officials have acknowledged that...

    The New Zealand Herald, May 4, 2013

 

 

 

Karzai, Corruption, and CIA Bags of Cash « Commentary

 

Magazine

www.commentarymagazine.com/ 2013/ 05/ 06/ karzai-corruption-and-cia-bags-of-cash/ -

May 6, 2013 ... You've got to hand it to Hamid Karzai. He is nothing if not brazen. Other world leaders might be embarrassed if caught accepting bags of cash ...

 

Commentary Magazine, May 6, 2013

 

 

 

 

 

Secret Cash To Afghan Leader: Corruption Or Just Foreign Aid? : NPR

www.npr.org/ 2013/ 05/ 01/ 180313502/ secret-cash-to-afghan-leader-corruption-or-just-foreign-aid

May 1, 2013... on CIA cash payments to President Hamid Karzai. Many say the practice is wrong and symbolizes the widespread corruption in the country, ..

 

National Public Radio ( NPR ) , May 1, 2013

 

 

 

 

  1. Afghan president renews intention to negotiate peace with militant group, have members "participate in the Afghan life"
    CBS News - Apr 03, 2013 11:43am

 

 

 

 

 

  1. By David Brunnstrom and Hamid Shalizi BRUSSELS/KABUL (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry will host talks between Afghan President Hamid Karzai and senior Pakistan officials in Brussels on Wednesday, officials said, with the aim of calming tension over border disputes and a flagging peace process. The meeting is part of a series of on-off discussions between Afghanistan and Pakistan at ...
    Reuters via Yahoo! News - Apr 22, 2013  08:32am

 

 

 

 

 

  1. KABUL, Afghanistan – Insurgents shot six police officers dead at a checkpoint and a suicide bomber killed three civilians at a shopping bazaar in two attacks in eastern Afghanistan on Sunday.
    Fox News - Apr 21, 2013  01:20am

 

 

 

 

 

  1. KABUL, Afghanistan, April 22 (UPI) -- Taliban insurgents took 10 hostages from a helicopter that made an emergency landing in eastern Afghanistan, Khorasan, the aircraft's operator, said Monday.
    UPI - Apr 22, 2013  07:19am



 

 

 

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The International Committee of the Red Cross warned on Thursday that security was deteriorating across Afghanistan as militants flood the battlefield and conduct attacks in what could be the most defining spring fighting season of the nearly 12-year-old war.

Associated Press  - Apr 18, 2013



 

 

 

 

 

Karzai seeks to curb CIA operations in Afghanistan

KABUL, Afghanistan, April 19 (UPI) -- Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai is determined to curb American CIA operations in his country, his spokesman said.
UPI - Apr 19, 2013  01:19pm
 
  1. KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Roadside bombs and insurgent attacks killed at least 24 people in five separate attacks across Afghanistan as violence steadily rises during this year's spring fighting season, officials said Wednesday.
    Associated Press - Apr 17, 2013  08:54am

 

 

 

  1. Is it still possible for the United States to “win” the war in Afghanistan, which, at 11 years, is the longest war in US history?
    Christian Science Monitor- Apr 16, 2013 05:11pm

 



 

  1. The brother-in-law of an adviser to President Hamid Karzai was killed in a raid by Afghan commandos and American advisers.
    New York Times - Apr 10 02:33pm

 

 

 

 

  1. Afghan president renews intention to negotiate peace with militant group, have members "participate in the Afghan life"
    CBS News - Apr 03, 2013 11:43am



 

 

  1. U.N. says growth of illicit drug on rise for 3rd year running, particularly in areas where U.S. troops have begun pulling out
    CBS News - Apr 15, 2013 05:28am



 

 

 

  1. The increase, reported Monday in a United Nations assessment, raised the specter that Afghanistan could become, in the words of one official, “the world’s first true narco-state.”
    New York Times - Apr 15, 2013 02:48am



 

 

 

  1. Why so many Afghans suddenly became drug addicts
    BBC News - Apr 10, 2013  04:15pm



 

 

 

 

  1. Opium poppy cultivation is heading for a record high after increasing for a third year in a row, the United Nations reports. Related Stories Indian man arrested over rape of ten-year-old in Delhi Indian man arrested over rape of 10-year-old in Delhi Crew of Chinese boat held as meat from protected animal the pangolin is found on board Dead bird found fitted with surveillance camera sparks fears ...
    Independent - Apr 15, 2013  02:50am

 

 

 

  1. KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Afghan officials say a roadside bomb has killed at least seven members of a family travelling in a trailer towed by a tractor in southern Afghanistan.
    Associated Press - Apr 15, 2013 04:04am

 

 

 

 

 

  1. Caroline Wyatt on rising Afghan casualty rates as Nato withdraws
    BBC News - Apr 14, 2013 06:29pm

 

 

 

 

Deadly Taliban attack targets elite unit in Afghanistan

The 13 soldiers killed were members of Afghanistan's Third Battalion, one of only a small number of Afghan Army units rated as fully self-sufficient by the US military.
The Christian Science Monitor - Apr 12, 2013 11:05am









  1. The amount of land being cultivated for opium in Afghanistan has increased for a third straight year as farmers return to planting illicit poppies as other markets fail, a report has said. Related Stories Indian man arrested over rape of ten-year-old in Delhi Indian man arrested over rape of 10-year-old in Delhi Crew of Chinese boat held as meat from protected animal the pangolin is found on ...
    Independent - Apr 15, 2013  07:01am

 

 

 

  1. Afghans will determine their own fate, says defence secretary, as MPs warns country could descend into civil war within years The defence secretary has admitted that no one can predict what will happen to Afghanistan after British, US and other Nato troops end their frontline role there at the end of 2014, and stressed that only the Afghan people can find a lasting solution to the country's ...
    Guardian Unlimited - Apr 12, 2013 09:09pm

 

 

 

  1. Inspector General: Contracting Controls Too Loose, Millions Could Go to Terror Groups
    ABC News via Yahoo! News - Apr 12, 2013  04:15pm

 

 



 

  1. New Zealand's military engagement in Afghanistan is the subject of a challenging documentary due to screen on Maori Television on the eve of Anzac Day.
    Fuseworks via Yahoo! New Zealand News - Apr 09 06:49pm



 

 

 

 

Rising Corruption- America Departs Afghanistan, Business Dries Up, Corruption Mounts-

Problem of Afghan National Army officers continuing to seek to extort money from businesses and American, US taxpayer-funded projects. 

 

Nathan Hodge, WSJ, April 3, 2013 BAGRAM, Afghanistan—The Aria Water Plant, built in 2006 north of Kabul, is a state-of-the-art facility that can produce 100,000 cases of purified drinking water per week—an unusual success story from the decadelong American enterprise in Afghanistan.

 

WSJ 

Wall Street Journal - April 3, 2013

 

 

 

 

 

Washington has vociferously denounced Afghan corruption as a major obstacle to the U.S. mission in Afghanistan. This has been widely reported. Only one crucial element is missing from this routine censure: a credible …The Huffington Post · 4/2/2013



 

 

 

 

 

Once again, Transparency International has ranked Afghanistan quite low on its corruption index just after a scandal came to light surrounding the country's former largest bank and high-ranking officials. The extent of …Deutsche Welle · 4/4/2013
 



 

 

Washington has vociferously denounced Afghan corruption as a major obstacle to the U.S. mission in Afghanistan. This has been widely reported. Only one crucial element is missing from this routine censure: a credible …The Huffington Post · 4/2/2013



 

 

 

  1. Hamid Karzai has been acting even more obnoxiously and erratically than usual of late.
    Foreign Relations - Mar 25, 2013 03:07pm



 

 

Afghanistan:  Operation Enduring Corruption ?  - The Nation

www.thenation.com/ article/ 173622/ how-operation-enduring-freedom-mtated-operation-enduring-corruption -

April 2, 2013 ... In Western hands, Afghanistan didn't transition to a "free market" system—but a particularly venal form of crony capitalism ( " Operation Enduring Freedom Mutates into Operation Enduring Corruption ). 

The Nation, April 2, 2013

 

 

 

 

 
The United States has even caved in to Afghan President Hamid Karzai on a dispute over an airline alleged to have transported drugs. Getting out, it seems, has become more important than fighting corruption. Given that …SPIEGEL Online ·(Der Spiegel, Germany) 4/6/2013



 

 

 

 

 

As of fall 2011, governance in Afghanistan had been steadily deteriorating, with corruption and ethnic tensions rising and political patronage networks becoming more exclusionary, while any security improvements following the 2010 U.S. military surge ...Brookings · ByVanda Felbab-Brown · April 10, 2013
 
 
 
 
The United States has even caved in to Afghan President Hamid Karzai on a dispute over an airline alleged to have transported drugs. Getting out, it seems, has become more important than fighting corruption. Given that …SPIEGEL Online ·(Der Spiegel, Germany) 4/6/2013



 

 

 

 

 

  1. Afghan president renews intention to negotiate peace with militant group, have members "participate in the Afghan life"
    CBS News - Apr 03, 2013 11:43am

 

 

 

  1. In an interview, the Afghan president says all Afghans could run for higher office, even the Taliban's leader
    CBS News - Apr 02 07:24am

 

 

  1. Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai wants the elusive Taliban chief MullahOmar to run for President in next year’s election so that people could “vote for or against him“. Mr. Karzai, in...
    The Hindu - Apr 02 05:03am

 

 

 

  1. Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai wants the elusive Taliban chief MullahOmar to run for President in next year's election so that people could "vote for or against him".
    rediff.com - Apr 02 05:35am

 

 

 

  1. BERLIN -- Afghan President Hamid Karzai has told a German newspaper that Taliban leader Mullah Mohammad Omar could run for president in elections next year.
    The Huffington Post - Apr 02 10:39am





 

 

 

  1. Hamid Karzai has been acting even more obnoxiously and erratically than usual of late.
    Foreign Relations - Mar 25, 2013 03:07pm



 

 

 

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — A NATO helicopter crashed Tuesday in Afghanistan, killing two American service members.

Associated Press  - Apr 09, 2013

 

 

 

 

 

  1. Taliban militants have killed six Americans, including a young female diplomat, in the deadliest day in Afghanistan for the US in eight months.
    Sky News UK & Ireland News - Apr 07, 2013 08:40am

 

 

 

 

 

  1. The attack coincides with a visit by U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Martin Dempsey, who is in Afghanistan to assess future troop needs. A sixth American is killed in a separate attack. KABUL, Afghanistan — On the day that Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Gen. Martin Dempsey arrived in Afghanistan for an assessment visit, six Americans were killed Saturday in attacks by insurgents.
    Los Angeles Times - Apr 06, 2013 08:12pm



 

 

 

 

By LUIS MARTINEZ, NICK SCHIFREN and ALEEM AGHA Six Americans, including three civilians, were killed today in Afghanistan in two separate incidents. U.S. officials confirm that five Americans were killed in a car bomb blast in Qalat, the capital of the southern Afghan province of...
ABC  - Apr 06, 2013 03:50pm





 

 

 

  1. (Reuters) - A young diplomat killed in Afghanistan will be remembered at memorial service on Tuesday at the suburban Chicago high school she attended, and where just a few months ago she spoke with students about her experiences in the U.S. Foreign Service. Anne Smedinghoff, 25, was killed along with four other Americans in a car bomb blast Saturday as their convoy traveled in Zabul province to ...
    Reuters  - Apr 08, 2013   04:07pm



 

 

  1. KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Afghanistan's Interior Ministry says a French freelance photographer kidnapped nearly four months ago in Kabul has been freed.
    Associated Press  - Apr 08, 2013  07:18am



 

 

 

 

  1. Two coalition service members died following a helicopter crash in eastern Afghanistan on Tuesday, NATO's International Security Assistance Force said.
    CNN - Apr 09 04:33am



 

 

 

 

  1. KABUL, Afghanistan — Five Americans were killed when a bomb targeted a convoy in southern Afghanistan on Saturday in the deadliest single combat incident for U.S. citizens this year.
    Portsmouth Herald - Apr 06, 2013 11:16pm

 

 

 

 

 

  1. In a state visit to Qatar, Hamid Karzai hoped to assert Kabul's role in peace talks and normalise relations with Doha.
    Al Jazeera - Apr 04, 2013  07:55am

 

 

 

 

Once again, Transparency International has ranked Afghanistan quite low on its corruption index just after a scandal came to light surrounding the country's former largest bank and high-ranking officials. The extent of …Deutsche Welle · 4/4/2013





 

 

 

  1. Afghan president renews intention to negotiate peace with militant group, have members "participate in the Afghan life"
    CBS News - Apr 03, 2013 11:43am



 

 

 

Insurgents seize Afghan government offices in deadly attack

KABUL, Afghanistan: A group of eight Taliban insurgents dressed in Afghan army uniforms staged a complex assault on a provincial government compound in western Afghanistan on Wednesday morning, killing at least six officials and civilians and seizing several hostages in one of the buildings, officials and witnesses said.

New Straits Times - Apr 03, 2013 09:30am

 

 

 

 

 

  1. In one of the war’s deadliest insurgent attacks, nine Taliban fighters stormed a government compound, killing at least 44 people and wounding more than 100 in a hostage standoff.
    New York Times - Apr 03, 2013 03:55am

 

 

 

  1. In an interview, the Afghan president says all Afghans could run for higher office, even the Taliban's leader
    CBS News - Apr 02 07:24am

 

 

 

  1. Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai wants the elusive Taliban chief MullahOmar to run for President in next year’s election so that people could “vote for or against him“. Mr. Karzai, in...
    The Hindu - Apr 02, 2013 05:03am

 

 

 

  1. Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai wants the elusive Taliban chief MullahOmar to run for President in next year's election so that people could "vote for or against him".
    rediff.com - Apr 02, 2013  05:35am

 

 

  1. BERLIN -- Afghan President Hamid Karzai has told a German newspaper that Taliban leader Mullah Mohammad Omar could run for president in elections next year.
    The Huffington Post - Apr 02 10:39am







 

 

 

  1. Afghanistan's spy chief returned home on Wednesday from lengthy medical treatment in the United States after being badly wounded by a suicide bomber who hid explosives in his underwear.
    Agence-France Presse  - Apr 03 02:26am

 

 

  1. Afghanistan's president, Hamid Karzai, has given his stamp of approval for Taliban leader Mullah Mohammad Omar to seek the presidency in next year's elections. Mr. Karzai made clear his views in a German newspaper, The Associated Press reported. In the article, he said his government would allow the Taliban to ...
    The Washington Times - Apr 03 04:53am



 

 

 

Now is the right time for New Zealand to be pulling out of Afghanistan, Governor-General and former chief of defence Si

Stuff, New Zealand, April 2013

 

 

 

 

 

US Military Deaths in Afghanistan at 2,063

At least 2,063 US military deaths in Afghanistan since 2001

ABC  News News Apr 2, 2013  21:22PM

 

 

 

 

 

 

Taliban attack Afghanistan courthouse, leaving 53 dead

  1. KABUL, Afghanistan — A provincial governor says at least 53 people, including nine attackers, have been killed in a daylong gunbattle in western Afghanistan. Officials say the fighting broke out Wednesday after suicide bombers disguised as Afghan soldiers stormed a courthouse in Farah province in a failed bid to free more...
    New York Post - Apr 03, 2013 08:50am

 

 

 

 

Afghanistan, Pakistan Struggle To Find Common Ground

Relations between the two countries have long been problematic but seemed to be turning a corner a few months ago. Now, they are at it again: After a series of diplomatic miscues, each country is accusing the other of hindering peace talks with the Taliban.
NPR - Apr 02, 2013 02:33am
 
 
  1. Afghanistan's spy chief returned home on Wednesday from lengthy medical treatment in the United States after being badly wounded by a suicide bomber who hid explosives in his underwear.
    Agence-France Presse  - Apr 03 02:26am

 

 

  1. Afghanistan's president, Hamid Karzai, has given his stamp of approval for Taliban leader Mullah Mohammad Omar to seek the presidency in next year's elections. Mr. Karzai made clear his views in a German newspaper, The Associated Press reported. In the article, he said his government would allow the Taliban to ...
    The Washington Times - Apr 03 04:53am

 

 


  1. A provincial governor says at least 53 people, including nine attackers, have been killed in a daylong gunbattle in western Afghanistan.
    Contra Costa Times - Apr 03 10:40am

 

 

 

 

  1. An Afghan teenager killed an American soldier in eastern Afghanistan by stabbing him in the neck while he played with a group of local children, officials said Monday.
    New York Times - Mar 31 07:32pm






 

  1. The Taliban have again snubbed peace talks with Hamid Karzai's government as he met the Emir of Qatar to discuss allowing the insurgent movement to open a Gulf office to host negotiations.
    Daily Telegraph - Mar 31, 2013  08:32am



 

 

 

 

  1. David Cameron has made a personal plea to Pakistan and Afghanistan to bury their differences as rising tensions threaten to sabotage efforts to bring the Taliban to the negotiating table.
    Daily Telegraph - Mar 28, 2013 08:47am

 

 

 

Exclusive: Afghanistan says ready to work for peace without Pakistan help

By Michael Georgy and Hamid Shalizi KABUL (Reuters) - Afghanistan is shocked by Pakistan's "complacency" in the nascent Afghan peace process and is ready to work without Islamabad's help on reconciliation, Deputy Foreign Minister Jawed Ludin told Reuters on Wednesday. It was the first time Afghanistan has suggested the possibility of going it alone without its neighbor. Regional power Pakistan ...

Reuters Mar 27, 2013





 

 

  1. Hamid Karzai has been acting even more obnoxiously and erratically than usual of late.
    Foreign Relations - Mar 25, 2013 03:07pm

 

 

 

 

  1. Afghan President Hamid Karzai, during a joint press briefing with Secretary of State John Kerry, reiterated his accusation that U.S. special forces have been committing atrocities in Wardak province. Kerry did not contradict Karzai, though U.S. officials have denied the charges.
    Washington Examiner - Mar 26, 2013 03:17am

 

 

 

 

  1. Hamid Karzai has been acting even more obnoxiously and erratically than usual of late.
    Foreign Relations - Mar 25, 2013 03:07pm



 

 

 

 

  1. Karzai Accuses U.S. of Taliban Collusion as Hagel Visits

    Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel was greeted on his first visit to Afghanistan since taking office by suicide bombs, threats and Afghan President Hamid Karzai’s accusation that the U.S. is colluding with the Taliban.

    Bloomberg Mar 10 22:30PM UTC



 

 

 

  1. Whatever President Hamid Karzai's motives for launching a scathing attack on his American allies at a particularly sensitive time, they remain obscure.
    Asia Times - Mar 24, 2013 11:48pm

 

 

  1. KABUL — U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry flew into Afghanistan on an unannounced visit Monday to see President Hamid Karzai amid concerns the Afghan president may be jeopardizing progress in the war against extremism with his anti-American rhetoric. He arrived shortly after the U.S. military ceded control of its last detention facility in Afghanistan, ending a longstanding irritant in relations.
    Boston Herald - Mar 25, 2013 06:38am

 

 

 

Afghanistan's Karzai heads to Qatar to discuss peace with Taliban

By Hamid Shalizi KABUL (Reuters) - Afghan President Hamid Karzai will travel to Qatar within days to discuss peace negotiations with the Taliban, the Afghan Foreign Ministry said on Sun...
Reuters  News - Mar 24, 2013  01:27pm










 

  1. Diggers coming home despite corruption

    MOST of Australia's 1600 troops will be home from Afghanistan by Christmas, but our defence chief warns the nation remains rife with corruption.

    Adelaide Now, Australia, Mar 26, 2013   12:12PM UTC

 

 

 

  1. Main Australian base in Afghanistan to close

    Defence Minister Stephen Smith has announced the withdrawal of most of Australia's troops from Afghanistan by year's end, saying Australia has been in the war-torn country "far too long".

    ABC 7 NewsMar 26, 2013   08:59AM UTC

 

 

 

 

 

Kerry backs Afghanistan despite Karzai outbursts

  1. US Secretary of State John Kerry made an unannounced visit to Kabul on Monday and vowed to stick by Afghanistan despite President Hamid Karzai's hostility to US-led military efforts in the country.

    Agence-France Presse New Zealand Mar 25, 2013  23:23PM UTC



 

 

 

Afghan anti-graft body raps Kabul Bank court ruling

KABUL (AFP) - An Afghan anti-corruption watchdog on Sunday criticised court verdicts handed down for a $900 million fraud that caused Kabul Bank, the country's largest bank, to collapse in 2010.

AFP  News Mar 17, 2013 10:29AM UTC

 



 

 

 

US, Karzai deal leaves most US commandos in Wardak

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Afghanistan's president on Wednesday relented in his demand for all U.S. special operations forces to withdraw from a strategic province east of the capital, agreeing to a compromise calling for the pullout of one team implicated in abuse allegations that the Americans have rejected.

Associated Press Mar 20, 2013 19:03PM UTC

 

 

 

NATO chief says Karzai accusation "absolutely ridiculous"

By Adrian Croft BRUSSELS (Reuters) - The head of NATO said on Monday it was "absolutely ridiculous" for Afghan President Hamid Karzai to accuse the United States of colluding with the Taliban and said Kabul should recognize sacrifices made by other countries on Afghanistan's behalf. Karzai marred a debut visit to Afghanistan by the new U.S. defense secretary, Chuck Hagel, on March 10 by accusing ...

Reuters News Mar 18, 2013 16:56PM UTC

 

 

 

 

 

Afghan anti-graft body raps Kabul Bank court ruling

KABUL (AFP) - An Afghan anti-corruption watchdog on Sunday criticised court verdicts handed down for a $900 million fraud that caused Kabul Bank, the country's largest bank, to collapse in 2010.

AFP  News Mar 17, 2013 10:29AM UTC

 

 

 

 

 

General: Karzai risks US lives

KABUL — The commander of U.S. forces in Afghanistan has warned that President Hamid Karzai is putting the lives of Western troops in danger with his anti-American rhetoric.

MSN Mar 14, 2013 18:16PM UTC

 

 

 

 

 

Dunford: Karzai’s comments threaten U.S. troops

  1. KABUL, Afghanistan — The top U.S. commander in Afghanistan warned his troops to be ready for increased violence because of a series of anti-American statements by Afghan President Hamid Karzai, NATO said Thursday.

    Army TimesMar 14, 2013 13:58PM UTC

 

 

 

 

 

Dunford: Karzai’s criticism increases risk of Afghan ‘insider attacks’

  1. KABUL — The top U.S. commander in Afghanistan has warned that President Hamid Karzai’s harsh public statements against the United States this month could increase the risk of an attack on U.S. forces. Gen. Joseph Dunford sent an e-mail Wednesday to his subordinate generals claiming that Karzai’s remarks could trigger more “insider attacks,” in which disgruntled or radical Afghan troops or police ...

    Washington PostMar 14, 2013 16:43PM UTC

 

 

 

 

Karzai talk 'put Nato lives at risk'

  1. US and Nato troops in Afghanistan face greater risks after an "inflammatory speech" by President Hamid Karzai, Nato's top commander warns.

    BBC News Mar 14, 2013 12:36PM UTC







 

 

 

 

 

 

 To Hell With Karzai

  1. The Afghan president sticks his verbal bayonet in Hagel’s and America’s eyes, and what do we do? Nothing!

    Newsweek Mar 12, 2013 09:13AM UTC



 

  

 

 

 

Afghan anti-graft body raps Kabul Bank court ruling

KABUL (AFP) - An Afghan anti-corruption watchdog on Sunday criticised court verdicts handed down for a $900 million fraud that caused Kabul Bank, the country's largest bank, to collapse in 2010.

AFP  News Mar 17, 2013 10:29AM UTC

 

 

 

 

Afghan bank fraud tests Kabul's commitment

  1. President Hamid Karzai's brother, a major bank shareholder, conspicuously absent from trial.

    Al Jazeera Mar 6, 2013  04:10AM UTC



 

 

 

 

 

Spanish troops begin Afghanistan exit

  1. A total of 45 Spanish soldiers are set to leave Afghanistan to return home next week.
    Australian Associated Press  - Mar 15, 2013  05:22pm



 

 

 

 

U.S. troops on alert in Afghanistan

  1. KABUL, Afghanistan, March 14 (UPI) -- The U.S. commander in Afghanistan put his forces on alert, warning a series of anti-American statements by President Hamid Karzai may endanger troops.
    UPI - Mar 14, 2013   08:50am

 

 

 



 

 US in Afghanistan: Why throw more good money after bad?

  1. The news today of two more US soldiers killed by an Afghan soldier armed and trained with American resources is a reminder that the US war there has gone off the rails.

    Christian Science Monitor Mar 11, 2013    20:33PM UTC



 

 

Karzai accuses U.S., Taliban of working together

  1. KABUL — Afghan President Hamid Karzai on Sunday ratcheted up his criticism of Washington during a visit of the U.S. defense secretary, underscoring tension between allies struggling to stabilize the country ahead of a NATO troop withdrawal.
    MSNBC - Mar 10, 2013   09:08am

 

 

 

Karzai Accuses U.S. of Taliban Collusion as Hagel Visits

  1. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel was greeted on his first visit to Afghanistan since taking office by suicide bombs, threats and Afghan President Hamid Karzai’s accusation that the U.S. is colluding with the Taliban.

    Bloomberg Mar 10, 2013  22:30PM UTC





 

 

 

 

 

 

Officials Seek Tougher Sentences in Kabul Bank Case

  1. In delivering their verdicts in a notorious financial fraud case, the judges altered the charges, which the attorney general’s office called unacceptable.

    New York TimesMar 13,2013 02:27AM UTC

 

 

 

 

 

GET THE HELL OUT OF AFGHANISTAN

LOS ANGELES -- If you Google "Afghanistan," you get your choice  occupiers. There's "Occupation of Afghanistan by British," "Occupation of Afghanistan by Russians" and "Occupation of Afghanistan by United States."The British occupation began in arrogance in 1878 and ended in 1880 in massacre. The occupation by the Soviet Union ended in defeat and humiliation. The American occupation ...

Richard Reeves, Via Yahoo News, March 13, 2013

 

 

 

 

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Afghan officials say several people have been killed and injured when a suicide bomber blew himself up in a crowd of sports fans watching a buzkashi game in northern Afghanistan.

Associated Press - Mar 13, 2013

 

 

 

 

Canada spent $10 million for security at Afghan dam project

  1. Canada spent about $10 million on security in Afghanistan at its $50-million Dahla dam project, where private security contractors were linked to allegations of corruption and involved in an armed standoff with Canadian security officials. One of Canada’s signature projects in Afghanistan, the Dahla dam was guarded in part by Watan Risk Management, a controversial Afghan security firm with ...

    Toronto StarMar 13, 2013 11:08AM UTC

 

 

 

Foreign aid hit by fraud scandal

  1. AUSTRALIA'S $5.2 billion foreign aid program has been hit by corruption claims involving a flagship project in Afghanistan.

    Herald Sun, 2013  Mar 10, 2013   13:00PM UTC

 

 

 

 

 To Hell With Karzai

  1. The Afghan president sticks his verbal bayonet in Hagel’s and America’s eyes, and what do we do? Nothing!

    NewsweekMar 12, 2013 09:13AM UTC

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Karzai Accuses U.S. of Taliban Collusion as Hagel Visits

  1. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel was greeted on his first visit to Afghanistan since taking office by suicide bombs, threats and Afghan President Hamid Karzai’s accusation that the U.S. is colluding with the Taliban.

    Bloomberg Mar 10 22:30PM UTC



 

 

 

 

 

Afghan bank fraud tests Kabul's commitment

  1. President Hamid Karzai's brother, a major bank shareholder, conspicuously absent from trial.

    Al Jazeera Mar 6, 2013  04:10AM UTC









 

 

 

Afghan court sentences Kabul bank execs to 5 years in massive corruption scandal

  1. Two KabulBank executives were sentenced to five years in prison Tuesday after being convicted of misappropriating millions of dollars in a massive corruption scandal that led to the collapse of Afghanistan's largest bank and threatened the country's fragile economy.

    Fox News Mar 5, 2013   13:47PM UTC

 

 

 

 

Karzai accuses U.S., Taliban of working together

  1. KABUL — Afghan President Hamid Karzai on Sunday ratcheted up his criticism of Washington during a visit of the U.S. defense secretary, underscoring tension between allies struggling to stabilize the country ahead of a NATO troop withdrawal.
    MSNBC - Mar 10, 2013   09:08am





 

 

5 US troops die in helicopter crash in Afghanistan

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — A helicopter crash in southern Afghanistan has killed five American service members, officials said Tuesday.

Associated Press March 12, 2013

 

 

 

 

 

Kabul Bank: A bank that defaulted on trust

Sentencing of two ex-top executives brings spotlight back on nation's first private bank that was felled by greed.

Aljazeera  Mar 5, 2013     08:35AM UTC

 

 

 

 

 

Two US service members killed in Afghanistan

  1. KABUL, Afghanistan -- Two U.S. service members were killed and others were injured Monday in a possible insider attack in Afghanistan, U.S. and Afghan officials said.  MSNBCMar 11, 2013 11:38AM UTC

 

 

  1. Two U.S. service members were killed and others were injured Monday in a possible insider attack in Afghanistan, U.S. and Afghan officials said.

    MSNBCMar 11, 2013 11:47AM UTC



 

 

  1. President Hamid Karzai charged that the American government and the Taliban had in effect colluded to keep Afghanistan unstable in order to justify a continued American military presence.
    New York Times - Mar 10, 2013 09:34am

 

 

 

  1. Afghan President Hamid Karzai accused the Taliban and US forces of working together on Sunday. He said Saturday's suicide bombings, which coincided with Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel's visit, were meant to show violence will worsen if foreign troops leave.
    The Christian Science Monitor - Mar 10, 2013   07:14am

 

 

 

 

  1. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel was greeted on his first visit to Afghanistan since taking office by suicide bombs, threats and Afghan President Hamid Karzai’s accusation that the U.S. is colluding with the Taliban.
    Bloomberg - Mar 10, 2013   03:30pm



 

 

 

Karzai accuses U.S., Taliban of working together

  1. KABUL — Afghan President Hamid Karzai on Sunday ratcheted up his criticism of Washington during a visit of the U.S. defense secretary, underscoring tension between allies struggling to stabilize the country ahead of a NATO troop withdrawal.
    MSNBC - Mar 10, 2013   09:08am



 

 

 

 

 

 Afghanistan's Karzai blasts U.S., marring Hagel visit

KABUL (Reuters) - Afghan President Hamid Karzai ratcheted up his criticism of the United States on Sunday, marring a debut visit by the new U.S. defense secretary, Chuck Hagel, and highlighting tensions that could undermine Washington's strategy to wind down the unpopular war. A day after two Taliban bombings killed 17 people, Karzai accused the United States and the Taliban of colluding to ...
Reuters via Yahoo! News - Mar 10, 2013  01:41pm
 
 
 
President Hamid Karzai has accused the United States of colluding with the Taliban to justify its presence in Afghanistan, dumbfounding US officials during a problematic visit by the new Pentagon chief.
AFP via Yahoo! UK & Ireland News - Mar 10, 2013 09:46pm

 
  1. KABUL — Afghan President Hamid Karzai on Sunday ratcheted up his criticism of Washington during a visit of the U.S. defense secretary, underscoring tension between allies struggling to stabilize the country ahead of a NATO troop withdrawal.
    MSN - Mar 10, 2013   09:32am

 



 

Funeral services to be in Fairborn for contractor shot in Afghanistan

  1. Funeral services are set for a Fairborn defense contractor who died this month at a U.S. military hospital in Germany from wounds suffered in a shooting in Afghanistan, officials said. The services for Christina S. Maddock are scheduled for 4 p.m. Saturday at Victory Temple, 2443 Valle Greene Drive in Fairborn, officials said. Visitation hours are set from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday at the Belton ...

    Springfield News-SunFeb 26 23:22PM UTC

 

 

 



 

Karzai rebuke for US and Taliban

  1. Afghan President Hamid Karzai issues a stinging rebuke to the US and Taliban, saying both are guilty of sowing fears for post-2014 Afghanistan.
    BBC News -, March 10, 2013  1 hour, 17 minutes ago



 

 

Taliban, U.S. colluding, says Karzai

  1. Afghan President Hamid Karzai on Sunday accused the Taliban and the U.S. of working in concert to convince Afghans that violence will worsen if most foreign troops leave as planned by the end of next year.
    Ottawa Citizen - March 10, 2013



 

 

Afghanistan's Karzai criticises U.S., exposing tension

(Corrects grammar in paragraph six) KABUL, March 10 (Reuters) - Afghan President Hamid Karzai onSunday ratcheted up his criticism of Washington during a visitof the U.S. defense secretary, underscoring tension betweenallies struggling to stabilise the country ahead of a NATO troopwithdrawal. Karzai accused the United States and the Taliban ofcolluding to convince Afghans that foreign forces were ...

Reuters , Middle East, March 10, 2013

 

 

 

 

 

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Afghan President Hamid Karzai on Sunday accused the Taliban and the U.S. of working in concert to convince Afghans that violence will worsen if most foreign troops leave — an allegation the top American commander in Afghanistan rejected as "categorically false."
Associated Press  - March 10, 2013
 



 

 

 

 

 

 

 Karzai rebuke for US and Taliban

  1. Afghan President Hamid Karzai issues a stinging rebuke to the US and Taliban, saying both are guilty of sowing fears for post-2014 Afghanistan.
    BBC News -, March 10, 2013



 

 

 

Taliban, U.S. colluding, says Karzai

Afghan President Hamid Karzai on Sunday accused the Taliban and the U.S. of working in concert to convince Afghans that violence will worsen if most foreign troops leave as planned by the end of next year.

Ottawa Citizen - March 10, 2013

 

 

 

 

Afghanistan's Karzai criticises U.S., exposing tension

(Corrects grammar in paragraph six) KABUL, March 10 (Reuters) - Afghan President Hamid Karzai onSunday ratcheted up his criticism of Washington during a visitof the U.S. defense secretary, underscoring tension betweenallies struggling to stabilise the country ahead of a NATO troopwithdrawal. Karzai accused the United States and the Taliban ofcolluding to convince Afghans that foreign forces were ...

Reuters , Middle East, March 10, 2013

 

 

 

 

 

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Afghan President Hamid Karzai on Sunday accused the Taliban and the U.S. of working in concert to convince Afghans that violence will worsen if most foreign troops leave — an allegation the top American commander in Afghanistan rejected as "categorically false."
Associated Press  - March 10, 2013
 
 



KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Two suicide bombings and a host of looming disagreements with the Afghan president cast a shadow on Saturday over U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel's first visit to Afghanistan since taking the post.

Associated Press, March 10, 2013

 

 

 

 

Karzai: US working with Taliban

  1. Afghan President Hamid Karzai has accused the Taliban and the US of working together to convince Afghans that violence will worsen if most foreign troops leave as planned by the end of next year.
    WalesOnline - March 10, 2013 ,

 

 

 

 

 

Afghanistan's Karzai says Taliban in talks with US

  1. Afghan President Hamid Karzai on Sunday criticised the Taliban for holding daily talks with the United States as they also launch suicide attacks that kill civilians and children.
    Agence-France Presse , March 10, 2012





 

 

 

Taliban and U.S. Revive Talks in Qatar, Karzai Says

  1. The Taliban and the United States have been holding talks “on a daily basis,” President Hamid Karzai of Afghanistan said Sunday, a claim denied by a Taliban spokesman.
    New York Times - Mar 09,2013 11:53pm

 

 

 

 

Afghan President Karzai says Taliban, US holding talks

  1. Afghan President Hamid Karzai has claimed that the US and Taliban are holding regular talks. But a Taliban spokesman has denied the president’s assertion.
    Deutsche Welle - March 10, 2013



 



 

 

 

 

Suicide bomber kills nine Afghans in Kabul during Hagel visit

  1. KABUL (Reuters) - A suicide bomber blew himself up at a Defence Ministry gate in Kabul on Saturday killing nine civilians during a visit to Afghanistan by U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, underlining the insurgent threat as NATO troops prepare to leave.
    Baltimore Sun - March 9, 2013



 

 

 

 

 

Suicide bomb hits Kabul as US defence secy Hagel visits

  1. Kabul, March 9: A suicide bomber on a bicycle struck outside the Afghan Defence Ministry on Saturday, one of two attacks that killed at least 18 people as US Defence Secretary Chuck Hagel visited the nation, officials said. Nine people
    One India - March 9, 2013

 

 

 

 

 

Afghan bombers strike during US official's visit

  1. Militants staged two deadly suicide attacks Saturday to mark the first full day of U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel's visit to Afghanistan, a fresh reminder that insurgents continue to fight and challenges remain as the U.S.-led NATO force hands over the country's security to the Afghans.
    Seattle Times - March 19, 2013



 

 

Contractor killed in attack in eastern Afghanistan

  1. KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — U.S. military officials say three men wearing Afghan army uniforms and driving an Afghan army vehicle forced their way onto a U.S. base in eastern Afghanistan and opened fire, killing one civilian contractor.

    Associated Press, March 8, 2012

 



 

 

Concern over Kabul Bank scandal sentences

  1. Two key players in the $900 million (€690 million) KabulBank scandal in Afghanistan have been sentenced to just five years in prison each, a relatively light sentence that will fuel concerns about government indifference to rampant corruption in the country.

    The Irish TimesMar 6 04:37AM UTC

 

 

 



 

  1. The embezzlement of hundreds of millions of dollars at KabulBank nearly led to the collapse of the entire Afghan financial system. Now, a court has sentenced the bank's top managers.
    Deutsche Welle - Mar 06 05:41am

 

 

 

 

  1. KABUL: An Afghan court on Tuesday sentenced two senior Kabul Bank executives to five years in jail for a staggering multi-million-dollar fraud that caused the country's largest bank to collapse in 2010.
    Channel NewsAsia - Mar 05 12:42am



 

 

  1. Sherkhan Farnood and Khalilullah Ferozi sentenced to just five years in prison for role in $900m Afghanistan banking scandal Two key players in the $900m (£600m) KabulBank scandal in Afghanistan have been sentenced to just five years in prison each, a relatively light sentence that will fuel concerns about government indifference to rampant corruption in the country. The judges baffled ...
    Guardian Unlimited - Mar 05 06:33am



 

Concern over Kabul Bank scandal sentences

  1. Two key players in the $900 million (€690 million) KabulBank scandal in Afghanistan have been sentenced to just five years in prison each, a relatively light sentence that will fuel concerns about government indifference to rampant corruption in the country.

    The Irish TimesMar 6 04:37AM UTC

 

 

 

 

Kabul Bank: A bank that defaulted on trust

Sentencing of two ex-top executives brings spotlight back on nation's first private bank that was felled by greed.

Aljazeera via Yahoo! Maktoob News Mar 5 08:35AM UTC



 

 

 

Afghan court slaps prison time on Kabul Bank execs

  1. KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — An Afghan tribunal convicted two top executives from KabulBank and sentenced them to five-year prison terms on Tuesday for their role in a massive corruption scandal that led to the collapse of Afghanistan's largest bank and threatened the country's fragile economy.

    Boston Globe Mar 5, 2013 08:11AM UTC

 

 

Kabul Bank bosses jailed for five years: court

KABUL (AFP) - An Afghan court on Tuesday sentenced two senior Kabul Bank executives to five years in jail for a staggering multi-million-dollar fraud that caused the country's largest bank to collapse in 2010.

AFP  News Mar 5, 2013  09:16AM UTC

 

 

 

Afghan court sentences Kabul bank execs to 5 years in massive corruption scandal

  1. Two KabulBank executives were sentenced to five years in prison Tuesday after being convicted of misappropriating millions of dollars in a massive corruption scandal that led to the collapse of Afghanistan's largest bank and threatened the country's fragile economy.

    Fox NewsMar 5, 2013  13:47PM UTC

 

 

21 convicted in Kabul Bank scandal

  1. KABUL, Afghanistan, March 5 (UPI) -- A court in Afghanistan convicted 21 people in a fraud case that involved bankers with political connections that go to the top of the country's hierarchy.

    UPI Mar 5, 2013  14:15PM UTC





 

 

 

Contractor killed in attack in eastern Afghanistan

  1. KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — U.S. military officials say three men wearing Afghan army uniforms and driving an Afghan army vehicle forced their way onto a U.S. base in eastern Afghanistan and opened fire, killing one civilian contractor.

    Associated Press, March 8, 2012

 

 

 

 

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — An Afghan tribunal sentenced two top executives to five years in prison Tuesday for misappropriating hundreds of millions of dollars from the nation's largest bank in a scandal that caused it to fail and threatened the country's fragile economy.

Associated Press - Mar 0

 

 

 

Ex-Kabul Bank chiefs sentenced

  1. Two former Kabul Bank executives accused in a scheme that siphoned hundreds of millions of dollars now face years in prison and massive fines.
    CNN Money - Mar 05 08:49pm





 

 

Kabul Bank chiefs jailed for fraud

  1. Two former chiefs of Afghanistan's Kabul Bank are sentenced to five years in jail for the multi-million dollar fraud that almost led to its collapse in 2010.
    BBC News - Mar 05 12:03am

 

 

 

 

 

Afghan court sentences Kabul Bank execs to 5 years

  1. KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — An Afghan tribunal sentenced two top executives to five years in prison Tuesday for misappropriating hundreds of millions of dollars from the nation's largest bank in a scandal that caused it to fail and threatened the country's fragile economy.
    Associated Press Mar 05 11:08am



 

Afghanistan Convicts 21 in Kabul Bank Scandal

  1. After the failure of Kabul Bank, which investigators have described as a Ponzi scheme, two top executives were given five-year sentences, and others were convicted of a range of crimes.
    New York Times - Mar 05, 2013 02:34am

 

 

 

 

Contractor killed in attack in eastern Afghanistan

  1. KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — U.S. military officials say three men wearing Afghan army uniforms and driving an Afghan army vehicle forced their way onto a U.S. base in eastern Afghanistan and opened fire, killing one civilian contractor.

    Associated Press, March 8, 2012

 

 

 

 

NATO contractor killed in "insider" attack in Afghanistan

  1. KABUL (Reuters) - A NATO contractor was killed on Friday by individuals dressed as members of the Afghan security forces in eastern Afghanistan, the coalition's International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) said. The killing was the second so-called "insider", or green-on-blue, attack this year, when Afghan security forces turn their weapons on the NATO-led forces who train them and fight ...
    Reuters . March 8, 2013

 

 

 

How Obama Fumbled Afghanistan

  1. Until he took the job as President Obama’s special representative, Richard Holbrooke was known as one of the toughest, smartest, and most nimble diplomats of his era. He had plenty of ego, but few people doubted Holbrooke’s effectiveness.
    National Journal - Mar 05 08:19am







 

 

 

Afghanistan 11 years on: 'Not much different'

  1. KABUL, Afghanistan — I wondered, approaching Kabul over the snow-shrouded Hindu Kush mountains, what the story of the moment would be in the teeming city below.
    MSN - Mar 04, 2013 01:00pm



 

Afghan President Karzai says he is "deeply grieved" over the deaths of two boys killed in a chopper strike, which may have involved Australian soldiers.
Australian Associated Press New Zealand Sport - Mar 03, 2013 03:39am





 

 

 

Reduced Taliban Attacks Claim In Afghanistan Wrong, Admits US

  1. Coalition forces in Afghanistan erroneously reportedly a decline last year in the number of attacks by the Taliban, U.S. officials said on Tuesday, raising doubts about NATO’s claims of progress in containing the Afghan insurgency. Officials said a 7 percent decrease in "enemy-initiated attacks" for 2012 in a report posted on NATO's International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) website was ...
    International Business Times - Feb 27,2013  12:09am

 

 

 



 

 

 

 

Afghans hold anti-U.S. rally following abuse claims

Maiden Shar, AFGHANISTAN (Reuters) - More than five hundred men marched through the capital of Afghanistan's restive Wardak province on Tuesday in an outburst of anger against U.S. special forces accused of overseeing torture and killings in the area. Shouting "Death to America", "Death to Obama" and "Death to special forces", the protesters called for the immediate withdrawal of the American ...
Reuters - Feb 26 02:22pm





 

 

 

 Why Afghanistan may never eradicate opium

  1. Why Afghanistan may never eradicate opium
    BBC News - Feb 25, 2013 04:13pm

 

 

 

 

Corruption 'rife' in Helmand police

  1. Crime and corruption among Afghan police force in Helmand
    BBC News - Feb 24, 2013 06:12pm





 

 

 

 

 

 Hamid Karzai is mad as heck and he isn't going to take it anymore

  1. Afghan President Hamid Karzai has been on a roll recently in attacking the professionalism and ability of the US military – the people most responsible for his run as Afghanistan's leader.
    Christian Science Monitor - Feb 25, 2013 12:26pm

 

 

 

 

Afghanistan leader accuses U.S. special forces of torture

  1. Afghan President Hamid Karzai orders the troops to cease operations in Wardak province, where abuses were reported to have occurred. KABUL, Afghanistan — Afghan President Hamid Karzai on Sunday ordered U.S. special forces troops to cease operations in a strategic eastern province, accusing the Americans and Afghans working for them of torturing and abducting civilians.
    Los Angeles Times - Feb 24, 2013 06:09pm





 

 

 

Karzai orders U.S. Special Operations forces out of key Afghan province

  1. KABUL — Afghan President Ha­mid Karzai on Sunday ordered all U.S. Special Operations forces to leave a strategically important province in two weeks, alleging that they had been involved in the torture and murder of “innocent people.” Read full article >>
    Washington Post - Feb 24, 2013 02:30pm

 

 

 

 

 

Karzai to US Special Ops: Get Out

  1. Afghan President Hamid Karzai has ordered all US Special Forces out of two key provinces within two weeks, accusing Afghan units under their jurisdiction of being responsible for the torture, abuse, and disappearance of Afghan civilians.
    ABC News - Feb 24, 2013 11:40am

 

 

 

 

Hamid Karzai is mad as heck and he isn't going to take it anymore

  1. Afghan President Hamid Karzai has been on a roll recently in attacking the professionalism and ability of the US military – the people most responsible for his run as Afghanistan's leader.
    Christian Science Monitor - Feb 25, 2013 12:26pm

 

 

 

 

Afghanistan Order U.S. Troops From Key Province

  1. Officials cited complaints that Afghans working for American Special Forces had killed and tortured villagers in a strategically important province adjoining Kabul.
    New York Times - Feb 24 11:25am



 

 

 

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Afghanistan's president on Sunday ordered all U.S. special forces to leave a strategically important eastern province within two weeks because of allegations that Afghans working with them are torturing and abusing other Afghans. The decision seems to have caught the coalition and U.S. Forces Afghanistan, a ...

The Washington Times - Feb 24 08:45a

 

 

 

Corruption 'rife' in Helmand police

  1. Crime and corruption among Afghan police force in Helmand
    BBC News - Feb 24, 2013 06:12pm



 



 

 

The Perils of Invading Afghanistan

  1. An interview with historian William Dalrymple.
    The Atlantic - Feb 22, 2013 05:23am



 

 

 

 

 

Suicide bombers target Afghan security forces

  1. KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Suicide bombers targeted Afghanistan's intelligence agency and other security forces in four coordinated attacks in the heart of Kabul and outlying areas on Sunday, officials said, a bloody reminder of the insurgency's reach nearly 12 years into the war.
    Boston Globe - February 24, 2013

 

 

 

Panetta says range of options discussed on Afghanistan

  1. BRUSSELS (Reuters) - U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta denied on Friday the United States had told allies it planned to keep 8,000 to 12,000 troops in Afghanistan after 2014, saying a range of troop options for an overall NATO presence in Afghanistan had been discussed. "That report is not correct," Panetta said, referring to an account of a NATO defense ministers' meeting in Brussels given by ...
    Reuters via Yahoo! News - Feb 22, 2013 05:38am





 

Up to 12,000 U.S., allied troops for Afghanistan

  1. WASHINGTON—The U.S. and its NATO allies revealed Friday they may keep as many as 12,000 troops in Afghanistan after the combat mission ends next year, largely American forces tasked with hunting down remnants of al-Qaida and helping Afghan forces with their own security.
    Denver Post - Feb 22, 2013 02:24pm

 

 

 

US denies Afghanistan troops claim

  1. US Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta rejects Germany's claim that he confirmed the number of US troops to stay in Afghanistan after Nato's exit.
    BBC News - Feb 22, 2013 06:57am



 

 

 

 

Panetta reviews next steps in Afghanistan

  1. BRUSSELS, Feb. 22 (UPI) -- U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta says reports that America would have as many as 12,000 troops in Afghanistan after 2014 are incorrect.
    UPI - Feb 22, 2013 01:23pm



 

 

 

 U.S. drone strikes up sharply in Afghanistan

  1. Their use rose 72% last year compared with 2011, and the trend is likely to continue as troops withdraw. But while the aircraft reduce risks to U.S. forces, mistakes are deadly for civilians. KABUL, Afghanistan — One morning recently, a teenager named Bacha Zarina was collecting firewood on her family's small farm in eastern Afghanistan. About 30 yards away, as family members recall, two Taliban ...
    Los Angeles Times - Feb 22, 2013 12:54am

 

 

 

 

72% increase in drone strikes in Afghanistan

  1. KABUL, Afghanistan - One morning recently, a teenager named Bacha Zarina was collecting firewood on her family's small farm in eastern Afghanistan. About 30 yards away, as family members recall, two Taliban commanders stood outside a house. A missile screamed down from the sky, killing the...
    Appeal-Democrat - Feb 23, 2013 12:35am

 

 

 

Scandal-plagued Sen. Robert Menendez meets President Hamid Karzai to fight Afghan corruption

  1. Scandal-ridden Sen. Robert Menendez, facing a variety of corruption investigations tied to his relationship with a Florida friend and campaign donor, has met with Afghan President Hamid Karzai — to talk about ways to curb corruption. Mr. Karzai's office said, "Afghanistan needs earnest and sincere cooperation of the international community, ...
    The Washington Times - Feb 20, 2013 09:30am



 

 

Group demands investigation into woman’s death

  1. A foundation issued a statement Wednesday urging a full investigation into the death of a local woman who was killed while working overseas as a civilian defense contractor. ChristinaMaddock, a Fairborn High School graduate and former member of the Springfield Air National Guard Base, died on Sunday after she was shot in a non-combat related incident. She has joined a growing number of ...
    Springfield News-Sun - Feb 20, 2013 05:04pm

 

 

 

Afghanistan Foundation Issues Statement, Urges Transparency

  1. The Afghanistan Foundation issued a statement today regarding the death on Sunday of a civilian U.S. defense contractor, Ms. ChristinaMaddock, who served in Herat, Afghanistan, calling for her to be honored and for a full investigation and disclosure regarding her death.
    Scoop.co.nz - Feb 20, 2013 12:30pm

 



 

 

 

Dayton Area Woman Killed While Working As Government Contractor In Afghanistan

  1. A contractor from Fairborn was killed in Afghanistan while serving as a civilian defense contractor. Find out more.
    WBNS-10TV Columbus - Feb 18, 2013 09:26am

 

 

 

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Airstrikes by the U.S.-led coalition killed 126 Afghan civilians last year, a nearly 50 percent drop from the year before, the U.N. said Tuesday. The report came a day after President Hamid Karzai banned government forces from requesting foreign air support during operations in residential areas.
Associated Press - Feb 18 10:50pm





 

 

Scandal-hit Kabul bank draws just one bidder

  1. An Afghan consortium has bid to buy New KabulBank, the remnants of Afghanistan's largest private bank which collapsed in a fraud scandal, after four others withdrew, officials said Saturday.
    AFP News , Malaysia News - Feb 16, 2013 06:35am

 

 

 

To cut Afghan red tape, bribery is the norm

  1. KABUL — In a country where Western accusations of corruption have been lobbed at high-ranking officials and public institutions, the malfeasance that drives Afghans against their own government happens every day on a much smaller scale. Read full article >>
    Washington Post - Feb 17, 2013  05:50pm





 Scandal-hit Kabul bank draws just one bidder

  1. An Afghan consortium has bid to buy New KabulBank, the remnants of Afghanistan's largest private bank which collapsed in a fraud scandal, after four others withdrew, officials said Saturday.
    AFP News via Yahoo! Malaysia News - Feb 16, 2013 06:35am

 

 

 

Afghanistan can't handle direct aid, U.S. watchdog says

  1. WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Afghanistan's government does not appear able to manage the large amounts of direct aid that the United States and other countries have pledged, the U.S. watchdog monitoring funds spent on Afghan reconstruction said. John Sopko, the Special Inspector General for Afghan Reconstruction, raised a red flag over U.S. plans to give Kabul billions of dollars more in direct aid ...
    Reuters via Yahoo! News - Feb 12, 2013 03:34pm



 

Afghans don't need foreign troops: Karzai

  1. Afghan President Hamid Karzai says his people don't need foreign troops to protect the country, urging US-led forces to withdraw quickly.
    Australian Associated Press, New Zealand - Feb 16, 2013  06:13am



 

 

 Karzai to Forbid His Forces From Requesting Foreign Airstrikes

President Hamid Karzai said he would issue a decree barring the Afghan military from asking international troops to carry out airstrikes under “any circumstances.”
New York Times - February 16, 2013
 
 
 
Afghan ground forces will be barred from calling in NATO air strikes after an attack killed a number of children this week, President Hamid Karzai said Saturday.
Agence-France Presse , February 16, 2013



 

 

 

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Afghan President Hamid Karzai said Saturday that he will issue a decree banning Afghan security forces from asking international troops to carry out airstrikes under "any circumstances."

Associated Press , Feb. 16, 2013

 

 

 

 

Afghans don't need foreign troops: Karzai

  1. Afghan President Hamid Karzai says his people don't need foreign troops to protect the country, urging US-led forces to withdraw quickly.
    Australian Associated Press, New Zealand - Feb 16, 2013  06:13am



 

 

 

 

 

Army may have to extend deployments in Afghanistan

  1. WASHINGTON (AP) — Soldiers deployed to Afghanistan next year may see their war tours extended because budget cuts will drastically limit training for brigades to replace them, the top Army general said Friday.
    Associated Press via Yahoo! News - Feb 15, 2013 01:50pm

 

 



 

 

 U.S. should hit the "pause" button on Afghan aid - watchdog

  1. WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. government should reconsider whether to spend more on reconstruction aid in Afghanistan, the U.S. watchdog that monitors the funds said on Wednesday, citing Afghanistan's persistent corruption and inability to manage projects as U.S. troops withdraw. John Sopko, the special inspector general for Afghan reconstruction, said $20 billion (12.8 billion pounds) in U.S ...

    Reuters  UK & Ireland NewsFeb 14, 2013 01:50AM

 

 

 

NATO air strikes for Afghan security forces must end: Karzai

  1. KABUL (Reuters) - Afghan security forces will be banned from calling for NATO air strikes in residential areas to help in their operations, President HamidKarzai said on Saturday, three days after 10 civilians died in such a strike in the country's east.
    Reuters - Feb 16, 2013 03:38am

 

 

 

 

Karzai anger after Nato strike kills ten civilians

  1. Afghan president HamidKarzai has demanded an explanation from the new commander of Nato troops following an air strike that local officials say killed ten civilians, half of them children.
    The Scotsman - Feb 14, 2013 04:22pm

 

 

 

Afghan leader demands explanation from top U.S. commander over alleged civilian deaths in air strike

  1. Afghan leader demands explanation from Gen. Joseph Dunford for airstrike which Afghan gov't claims killed 5 kids
    CBS News - Feb 14, 2013 07:48am

 

 

 

Watchdog warns U.S. fuel purchases in Afghanistan could be aiding Iran

  1. The government's chief watchdog for Afghanistan reconstruction said that billions of dollars continue to be lost due to corruption and fraud, and expressed concerns that U.S. funding is unwittingly helping Iran. "The impending end of the combat mission in Afghanistan has led some to erroneously believe that the Afghan reconstruction ...

    The Washington Times Feb 13, 2013 21:19PM UTC



 

Official says Afghanistan ready to take over

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The Afghan government on Wednesday welcomed President Barack Obama's decision to bring home half of the 66,000 American troops in Afghanistan within the next year, saying Afghan forces are ready to take responsibility for the country's security.

Associated Press  Feb 13, 2013

 

 

 

Afghanistan can't handle direct aid, U.S. watchdog says

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Afghanistan's government does not appear able to manage the large amounts of direct aid that the United States and other countries have pledged, the U.S. watchdog monitoring funds spent on Afghan reconstruction said. John Sopko, the Special Inspector General for Afghan Reconstruction, raised a red flag over U.S. plans to give Kabul billions of dollars more in direct aid ...

Reuters  Feb 12, 2013 23:34PM

 

 

 

 

 

U.S. withdrawing 34,000 troops from Afghanistan within a year

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama announced on Tuesday that 34,000 troops - about half the U.S. force in Afghanistan - will withdraw by early 2014, bringing the United States one step closer to wrapping up the costly, unpopular war. Obama announced the withdrawal in his annual State of the Union address, as he renewed his pledge to a war-weary American public that the 66,000 ...

Reuters  Feb 13, 2013

 

 

 

 

Obama: 34,000 U.S. troops out of Afghanistan

  1. President Barack Obama announced in his State of the Union speech on Tuesday night that some 34,000 U.S. troops in Afghanistan will have returned home by this time next year.

    CNN Feb 13, 2013 12:47PM UTC



 

 

 

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The United States began its withdrawal from Afghanistan in earnest, officials said Monday, sending the first of what will be tens of thousands of containers home through a once-blocked land route through Pakistan.
Associated Press  - Feb 11, 2013 10:37am
  1. Dramatic changes lie ahead for Afghanistan -- none of them encouraging. President Obama has confirmed that U.S. military presence in the country will wind down over the next 18 months. Responsibility for the country's governance, security and economy will rest on Afghan shoulders.
    Pacific Daily News - Feb 11 10:20am




 

 

 

 

ISAF's Dunford, Afghanistan's Karzai meet

  1. KABUL, Afghanistan, Feb. 12 (UPI) -- U.S. Marine Gen. Joseph Dunford, commander of coalition forces, reaffirmed NATO's commitment Tuesday in a meeting with Afghan President Hamid Karzai.
    UPI - February 12, 2013

 

 

 

  1. KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Marine Gen. Joseph Dunford took charge of U.S. and NATO forces in Afghanistan on Sunday as the coalition enters its final stretch of the more than 11-year-old war.
    Associated Press  - Feb 10, 2013 10:00am

 

 

 

 Afghan corruption imperils future success

  1. U.S. reconstruction aid has been wasted. Reforms are needed before we leave.
    USA Today - Feb 09, 2013 08:54pm

 

 

 

Afghan president Hamid Karzai tells ministers to cut costs while staying at Claridge's with 40 officials

  1. While Mr Karzai and his officials only stayed at the legendary hotel in London's Mayfair for one night, the bill for all 40 of them must have run into tens of thousands of pounds.
    Daily Mail - Feb 08, 2013 03:37am







 

 

KABUL (Reuters) - A figure equal to twice the Afghan government's domestic revenue - $3.9 billion - was gouged from the country by public sector corruption last year, a U.N. report said on Thursday. This amount is also roughly equal to the annual aid pledged to Afghanistan until 2015 by the international community at last year's Tokyo Conference. The report, by the U.N.'s Office on Drugs and ...
Reuters via Yahoo! News - Feb 07, 2013 10:39am



 

 

 

 

 

 

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The cost of corruption in Afghanistan rose sharply last year to $3.9 billion, and half of all Afghans bribed public officials for services, the U.N. said Thursday. The findings came despite repeated promises by President Hamid Karzai to clean up his government.
Associated Press via Yahoo! News - Feb 07 02:21am



 

 

 

 

$3.9B spent on Afghanistan bribery in 2012; U.N. says frequency falling, but cost of bribes up sharply

  1. U.N. says in spite of Western-backed government's vows to tackle graft, cost of bribes rose sharply, even if frequency fell
    CBS News - Feb 07, 2013    05:16am

 

 

 

 

Afghan civil servants took £2.5bn in bribes despite Karzai's promises to clean up government

  1. The scale of fraud came despite repeated promises by President Hamid Karzai (pictured) to clean up his government. Half the population pay bribes, claims the UN.
    Daily Mail - Feb 07,2013  12:51pm

 

 

 

 

So, this is the office that will investigate Afghanistan's Kam Air?

  1. Yesterday, I wrote about Afghan airline Kam Air, which was removed from a US military contracting blacklist for alleged involvement in drug smuggling after complaints from the Afghan government of President Hamid Karzai.
    Christian Science Monitor - Feb 06, 2013 10:47am





 

 

Afghan corruption, opium, and the strange case of Kam Air

  1. In late January, the US military blacklisted Afghanistan's Kam Air from winning contracts with the US in Afghanistan, with the head of a US military anticorruption unit asserting that the airline was involved in bulk opium smuggling on commercial flights to Tajikistan.
    Christian Science Monitor - Feb 05 11:30am

 

 

 

Half of all Afghans paid bribes in 2012: UN report

  1. The cost of corruption in Afghanistan has risen sharply and half of all citizens paid a bribe to public officials last year, a new United Nations study said Thursday.More than 11 years after a US-led invasion ...
    AFP  - Feb 06 12:37pm



 

 

 

Interview With Gen. John R. Allen on Leaving Afghanistan

  1. The New York Times interviewed Gen. John. R. Allen on Sunday, a week before his scheduled departure from Afghanistan after 19 months as the commander of the American and allied forces.
    New York Times - Feb 05, 2013 11:25pm

 

 

The U.S. Dismantles in Afghanistan: Lessons from a Logistical Nightmare

In dismantling and repatriating the U.S. presence in Afghanistan, guidelines for the next war -- or humanitarian catastrophe
Time Magazine - Feb 05, 2013  03:03am
  1. OSLO: Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai confirmed Tuesday in Oslo that he plans to step down next year when his mandate expires.
    Channel NewsAsia - Feb 05, 2013 08:58am






 

 

 

Bribes Increase in Afghanistan, U.N. Says

  1. The cost of corruption in Afghanistan rose sharply last year to $3.9 billion, with 50 percent of the adult population paying at least one bribe to a public official according to the United Nations.
    New York Times - Feb 06, 2013   06:37pm

 

 

KABUL, Afghanistan, Feb. 5 (UPI) -- An explosion in a hotel in northern Afghanistan killed several people and wounded others Tuesday, Afghan security officials said.

UPI - Feb 05, 2013   04:13a

 

 

 

Karzai excuses Prince Harry comment

Afghan President Hamid Karzai excuses Prince Harry's comments regarding fighting Taliban members while serving in Afghanistan.
BBC News - Feb 04 06:38am





 

 

How a Chaotic Hostage Rescue Foreshadows Afghanistan’s Post-American Future

  1. A year ago, five Taliban insurgents stormed a government complex. The Afghans led a disastrous but ultimately successful response. Inside what a win looks like in Afghanistan's post-U.S. future.
    Wired News - February 4, 2013

 

 

 

 

 

Karzai, Zardari pledge peace in region

LONDON, Feb. 4 (UPI) -- The presidents of Pakistan and Afghanistan, in their talks with British Prime Minister David Cameron, pledged to achieve a peace settlement in six months.
UPI - Feb 04 08:27pm



 

 

 

LONDON (AP) — The leaders of Afghanistan and Pakistan are due to hold talks with British Prime Minister David Cameron in London on the Afghan peace process.
Associated Press via Yahoo! News - Feb 03, 2013 04:30am



 

 

 

 

US, Afghanistan, Pakistan Tensions Causing Taliban Peace Talks to Stall

  1. The peace process with the Taliban in Afghanistan is floundering due to distrust among the US, Afghanistan and Pakistan, officials say, while most international forces are set to leave the country in fewer than 23 months. Teen Activist Shot by Taliban in Stable Condition After Surgeries
    Fox News - Feb 03, 2013 04:13pm





 

 

Hamid Karzai: security in Afghanistan was better before British troops arrived

Afghan president Hamid Karzai has said that security was better in southern Helmand before the arrival of British troops and questioned whether international forces had been fighting in the right part of the country for the past 10 years.
Daily Telegraph - Feb 03, 2013 04:25pm
 
  1. Afghan president Hamid Karzai has suggested Western forces are withdrawing from Afghanistan because "they feel they were fighting in the wrong place" and that security...
    The Huffington Post UK - Feb 04, 2013 12:42am

 

 

 Karzai questions drawdown motives

  1. The Prime Minister is hosting in-depth discussions at Chequers aimed at securing closer ties between Afghanistan and Pakistan. President Karzai raised the prospect of forces being drawn down because international leaders had realised the mission was mistaken.
    Express and Star - Feb 03, 2013 07:32pm

 

 

 

Pentagon Expects to Keep a Presence in Afghanistan

  1. The Defense Secretary and chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said the United States would sustain a strategic partnership with Afghanistan after the NATO mission ends in 2014.
    New York Times - Feb 03, 2013  01:35pm



 

 

 Britain Hosting Talks with Afghan, Pakistani Leaders

  1. High level delegations from Afghanistan and Pakistan have begun arriving in London for a summit with British Prime Minister David Cameron aimed at improving relations between the South Asian neighbors. A Downing Street spokesman said Cameron will meet informally on Sunday with Afghanistan's Hamid Karzai and Pakistan's Asif Ali Zardari. The formal summit on Monday will also involve military ...
    Voice of America - Feb 02, 2013 04:01pm







 

 

 Afghanistan, Pakistan leaders in UK for talks

  1. Afghan President Hamid Karzai gestures, as he speaks during a conference about water management in Kabul, Afghanistan, Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2013. Hamid Karzai.
    Washington Examiner - Feb 03, 2013 04:47am



 

 

 

 

 

 Afghanistan: It's worse in the winter

  1. As temperatures in Kabul drop to well below freezing during the night, the country seems no closer to lasting peace or long-term economic stability.
    GlobalPost - Jan 30, 2013 03:16am



 

 

 

 

Afghanistan Bristles at U.S. Ban on Kam Air Airline

  1. Allegations of opium smuggling halted military contracts, and some American officials, too, have quietly questioned the response.
    New York Times - Jan 29, 2013  06:16pm

 

 

 

 

 

Afghanistan demands proof of airline drug smuggling

  1. The Afghan government Monday demanded that the United States provide proof that the country's largest private airline is involved in smuggling drugs or pay it compensation. The US military barred Kam Air ...
    AFP via Yahoo! Malaysia News - Jan 28 07:49am



 

 

 

 

Kam Air rejects 'baseless' US drug smuggling charges

  1. Afghanistan's largest private airline Kam Air hit back Saturday at allegations it was involved in drug smuggling, threatening to seek compensation if the charges levelled against it by the US are proven ...
    AFP via Yahoo! Malaysia News - Jan 26, 2013 08:19am





 

 

 

US bars Afghan airline over drugs

  1. Afghanistan's largest private airline, Kam Air, is barred from receiving US military contracts amid allegations of drug smuggling - charges rejected by its owner.
    BBC News - Jan 25, 2013 07:15am



 

 

 

 

 

 

US Military Blacklists Afghanistan’s Kam Air Airline over Opium Smuggling Claim

  1. Opium allegedly hidden on Kam Air passenger flights between Kabul and Tajikistan’s capital of Dushanbe.
    International Business Times UK - Jan 25, 2013 10:50am

 

 

 

Obama, Karzai to discuss ending Afghan war

  1. Washington — Charting the course for a war's end, President Barack Obama and Afghan President Hamid Karzai meet Friday at the White House to discuss the future of the U.S. role in Afghanistan and the 66,000 American troops in harm's way.
    Detroit News - Jan 11, 2013 06:19am

 

 

 

 

The Rocky Times of Obama and Karzai

  1. President Obama and Afghan President Hamid Karzai are having lunch at the White House today for yet another frank discussion on America’s longest war.
    National Journal via Yahoo! News - Jan 11, 2013 06:14am

 

 

 

As Obama meets Karzai, future troop level in Afghanistan isn't only big issue

  1. President Obama hosts Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai at the White House for lunch and talks Friday, but the big questions hanging over the visit won’t be answered there. Rather, pressing issues that remain after more than a decade of military involvement in Afghanistan will be resolved by pacts and commitments to be reached over the coming year, as the United States prepares to take its ...
    Christian Science Monitor via Yahoo! News - Jan 11 05:50am







 

 

 

 

The United States sought to assure Afghan President Hamid Karzai that it would remain committed to his country even as US officials weigh a major withdrawal of American forces.
AFP via Yahoo! Maktoob News - Jan 11, 2013 12:29am
 
 
 
US President Barack Obama says US troops could remain in Afghanistan in that support role beyond 2014 only at the invitation of the Afghan government.
AFP via Yahoo!7 News - Jan 11,2013  11:51am






 

 

 

 

 

 Karzai visit a time for tough talk on security, corruption

  1. Afghan President Hamid Karzai is meeting this week with President Obama in Washington amid increasing ambivalence in the United States about what to do about the war in Afghanistan.
    CNN - Jan 09, 2013  07:25am

 

 

 

 

US considers complete Afghanistan withdrawal on eve of Karzai visit

  1. Adviser says Obama is willing to consider all options on troop levels as he meets with Afghan president in Washington US officials have raised the possibility of a complete military withdrawal from Afghanistan for the first time, as President Hamid Karzai arrived in Washington for three days of discussions over military and economic ties. In a briefing for journalists in advance of Karzai's ...
    Guardian Unlimited - Jan 08,2013  06:22pm







 

 

 

Karzai blames foreign money for corruption

  1. KABUL, Afghanistan, Dec. 22 (UPI) -- President Hamid Karzai called corruption a "bitter reality" in Afghanistan but, in a televised speech Saturday, blamed most of it on foreign organizations.
    UPI - Dec 22, 2012 09:27am



 

 

 

 

 

President Hamid Karzai on Saturday blamed foreigners for most of the corruption in Afghanistan and said the withdrawal of NATO troops in 2014 would help rid the country of graft.
AFP via Yahoo! Maktoob News - Dec 22, 2012 03:16am
 
 
  1. FOREIGN troops should leave Afghan villages as soon as possible, President Hamid Karzai says.
    The Courier Mail - Dec 15, 2012 01:18am

 

 

 

 

 

Last French troops exit Afghanistan

  1. FRANCE has flown its last combat troops out of Afghanistan, two years before allied countries in the 100,000-strong NATO mission led by the United States are due to recall their fighting forces.
    Herald Sun - Dec 15, 2012 05:00am




 



 

 

 

Karzai blames NATO, U.S. for violence, corruption in Afghanistan

  1. Afghan President Hamid Karzai blamed the U.S. and NATO forces on Thursday for some of the violence and the brunt of corruption that is rampant in his war-torn country. Karzai bluntly criticized allied tactics, declaring that terrorists won't be beaten "by attacking Afghan villages and Afghan homes." Speaking in an exclusive interview with NBC News, [...]
    The Ticket via Yahoo! News - Dec 06, 2012 07:17am



 

 

 

 Taliban preys on Afghanistan's corrupt police force

  1. The Afghan police charged with maintaining security in their own country as coalition troops begin to pull out within months are still "endemically corrupt" and riven with problems including nepotism and drug abuse, internal government documents have revealed. Related Stories North Korean 'has ability to fire a rocket that could hit the United States' says South North Korea 'has ability to fire ...
    Independent - Dec 22, 2012 04:37pm

 

 

 

 

 

Afghanistan: Elites Still Bypassing Measures to Combat Money Laundering

  1. Afghanistan: Elites Still Bypassing Measures to Combat Money Laundering
    Time Magazine - Dec 13, 2012 12:15am



 

 

 

 

Panetta in Afghanistan to meet with top commanders, Karzai

  1. KABUL - U.S. Defence Secretary Leon Panetta arrived in Afghanistan on Wednesday for an unannounced visit to consult with top commanders and President Hamid Karzai.
    Associated Press via Yahoo! News - Dec 12, 2012 06:20am





 

 

 

 U.S. finds Afghan anti-corruption efforts ‘deeply troubling’

  1. Two small machines sit on a shelf in a closet at Kabul International Airport, surrounded by cardboard boxes and idle desk fans. The machines are bulk currency counters, provided by the United States to help Afghanistan stop cash smuggling estimated last year at $4.5 billion. When U.S. investigators visited in September, they found the counters in working order but they “did not observe any use ...
    Washington Post - Dec 11, 2012 03:40pm



 

 

 

Vast sums of aid continue to be stolen in Afghanistan

  1. In the summer of 2010, the US decided to do something about the enormous sucking sound being generated by the bulk cash shipments funneling through Afghanistan's Kabul airport and on to Dubai, Zurich, and London – every point of the compass, really.
    Christian Science Monitor via Yahoo! News - Dec 11, 2012  01:06pm

 

 

 

 

Nearly three years after U.S.-led forces launched the biggest operation of the war to clear insurgents, foster economic growth and set a model for the rest of Afghanistan, angry residents of Helmand province say they are too afraid to go out after dark because of marauding bands of thieves.
Associated Press via Yahoo! News - Dec 11, 2012 11:49am





 

 

 

Exclusive: Karzai criticizes US

  1. Updated at 9:43 a.m. ET: KABUL, Afghanistan - Afghan President Hamid Karzai sharply criticized the United States in an exclusive interview with NBC News on Thursday, blaming American and NATO forces for some of the growing insecurity in his country.
    MSN - Dec 07, 2012 02:15am



 

 

 

 

Afghan bank scandal shows extent of corruption

  1. Once again, Transparency International has ranked Afghanistan quite low on its corruption index just after a scandal came to light surrounding the country's former largest bank and high-ranking officials.
    Deutsche Welle - Dec 05,2012    03:26am

 

 

 

Afghanistan, N.Korea, Somalia most corrupt

  1. BERLIN, Dec. 5 (UPI) -- Transparency International Wednesday reported Afghanistan, North Korea and Somalia ranked as the most corrupt countries in the world.
    UPI - Dec 05, 2012  10:46am



 


WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Marine Corps General Joseph Dunford, who takes over as head of international forces in Afghanistan next year, faces the challenge of winding down a war in a country where he has little experience using a strategy he did not devise. Dunford, whose nomination was confirmed by the Senate on Monday night, will be the fifth commander of the International Security Assistance ...
Reuters via Yahoo! News - Dec 04, 2012 10:55am
 
 
 
  1. As a new report on the Kabul Bank scandal places a spotlight on corruption, we ask what Hamid Karzai will do about it.
    Al Jazeera - Dec 01 2012  08:25pm

 
 
Reflecting a war-weary nation, the Senate voted overwhelmingly Thursday for an accelerated withdrawal of U.S. forces from Afghanistan after more than a decade of fighting.
Associated Press via Yahoo! News - Nov 29, 2012 07:52pm

 

 

 

 

Political Meddling Hampers Inquiry Into Kabul Bank Debacle

A report finds troubling signs of political interference from the highest levels into the investigation of the fraud at the financial institution.

New York Times, November 28, 2012, Wednesday
 



 

 

Afghan president’s brother walked away with tens of millions after Ponzi scheme siphoned $861M from Kabul Bank: audit

  1. Kabul Bank used deposits to make huge fraudulent loans to a small circle of shareholders, the audit found
    National Post - Nov 28,2012 04:37am
 
 
 
KABUL (AFP) - Top Afghan politicians dictated who should face prosecution over the staggering $900 million fraud and theft that ruined Afghanistan's largest bank, a report revealed Wednesday  AFP Nov. 28, 2012
Afghanistan's biggest private bank orchestrated a massive fraud scheme from its founding, with US$861-million diverted to a clique of ...
news.nationalpost.com/ 2012/ 11/ 28/ afghan-presidents-brother-walked-away-with-tens-of-millions-in-ponzi- scheme-that-siphoned-861m-from-kabul-bank-audit/  National Post, Nov. 28, 2012

 

 
  1. An independent anti-corruption committee has said the near-collapse of Afghanistan's KabulBank in 2010 was the result of weak regulatory oversight. But it also spoke of inappropriate political interference.
    Deutsche Welle - Nov 28, 2012  04:11am

 

 

 

 

Report: Probe into Afghan bank scandal plagued by political interference

  1. KABUL—A scathing new report released Wednesday details how high-level political interference and institutional failures thwarted efforts to probe the 2010 collapse of Afghanistan’s largest bank, recover hundreds of millions of dollars from fraudulent loans and prosecute the influential Afghans who profited from a massive scheme to use depositors’ money as a private piggy bank. Read full article >>
    Washington Post - Nov 28, 2012 02:10pm



 

 

 

Leaked report says officials for Afghanistan's largest lender lived opulent lifestyles and loans went to bogus firms.
Aljazeera via Yahoo! Maktoob News - Nov 28,2012 02:05am




  1. THE FINDINGS: Political interference stymied an investigation into the collapse of Afghanistan's largest bank, while the men at KabulBank and their friends and relatives got rich off $861 million in fraudulent ...
    Associated Press via Yahoo! Finance - Nov 28, 2012 12:37pm

 

 

 

Audit Says Kabul Bank Began as ‘Ponzi Scheme’

The report asserts that Afghanistan’s largest financial institution existed primarily to allow a narrow clique tied to President Hamid Karzai’s government to siphon riches from depositors.

New York Times, November 27, 2012, Tuesday




 
 
  1. Hundreds of millions of dollars from KabulBank were spirited out of Afghanistan — some smuggled in airline food trays — to bank accounts in more than two dozen countries, according to an independent review ...
    Associated Press via Yahoo! Finance - Nov 27,2012 10:00pm

 

 

 

 

 

Kabul Bank fraud 'profited elite'

  1. Afghanistan's failed KabulBank was involved in a fraud that funnelled almost $900m to a small number of the political elite, a leaked auditors' report says.
    BBC News - Nov 27,2012 05:10am

 

 

 

 

 

Kabul Bank 'diverted £540 million to group of 12 in massive fraud'

  1. Afghanistan's biggest private bank was a massive fraud scheme from its founding, with £540 million ($861 million) diverted to a clique of beneficiaries including the president's brother, a British-funded audit has found.
    Daily Telegraph - Nov 27, 2012 08:00am

 

 

 

Nearly $900M Kabul Bank fraud reportedly included smuggling money out on airline food trays

  1. FILE - In this Sept. 1, 2010, file photo, Afghan soldiers chat in front of the main office of KabulBank in Kabul, Afghanistan. AP
    Fox News - Nov 27, 2012 09:38pm

 

 

 

 

Faster than NATO, France ends Afghan combat role

  1. France on Tuesday ended its combat operations in Afghanistan, pulling hundreds of troops from a base in a volatile region northeast of Kabul and fulfilling promises to end its combat role on a faster track than other NATO...
    Associated Press, CBS4 Quad Cities - Nov 20, 2012 04:01am



 

 

 

Afghanistan has put on trial nearly two dozen suspects accused of involvement in the massive Kabul Bank fraud that pushed the nation's once-biggest private lender to the point of collapse.
AFP News via Yahoo! Singapore News - Nov 18, 2012 01:32pm
  1. France has withdrawn its combat troops from Afghanistan after more than ten years in the war-torn country, in satisfaction of Prime Minister Francois Hollande’s election campaign vow. The Netherlands and Canada have already pulled out their combat soldiers from Afghanistan. France’s withdrawal comes two years ahead of NATO’s own pull-out agenda.
    International Business Times - Nov 20 2012, 11:47am

 

 


 
  1. France on Tuesday ended its combat operations in Afghanistan, pulling hundreds of troops from a base in a volatile region northeast of Kabul and fulfilling promises to end its combat role on a faster track than other NATO...
    CBS4 Quad Cities - Nov 20, 2012  04:01am














 

 

 

Are U.S. military leaders lying about Afghanistan?

  1. A decorated Army vet levels some devastating accusations at the top brass. And it's time for lawmakers to listen up
    The Week via Yahoo! News - Jun 13,2012 11:00am

 

 

 

 

Final Fight for Afghanistan Begins; Purpose: Unclear

  1. What might be the final major US offensive of the Afghanistan war has begun, according to the war's day-to-day commander. Its purpose is a bit harder to grasp.
    Wired News - Jun 11 10:58am





 

 

Who will lead Afghanistan after Karzai?

  1. As US and NATO forces hand over security responsibilities in Afghanistan to the country’s own forces, political parties and presidential hopefuls are preparing for what could be the most pivotal presidential elections in Afghan history.
    Christian Science Monitor via Yahoo! News - Jun 13 09:58am

 

 

 

Karzai Family Moves to Protect Its Privilege

  1. As Hamid Karzai’s days as Afghanistan’s president draw to a close, his family members are trying to protect their status while secretly fighting among themselves over the fortune they have amassed.
    New York Times - Jun 03 04:14am

 

 

 

 

Dozens of people accused of fraud in the Kabul Bank scandal have been referred to a special tribunal for trial and arrest warrants have been issued, Afghanistan's attorney general's office said.
AFP via Yahoo! News - Jun 03 07:04am





 

 

 

Afghanistan Foundation Urges Pakistan To Fully Open Border

  1. The Afghanistan Foundation is urging Pakistan to fully re=open its border with Afghanistan for the purpose of the resupply of NATO/ISAF forces during the upcoming NATO Summit in Chicago. The Foundation is welcoming reports that Pakistan has permitted the re-opening ...
    Scoop , Independent News, Scoop.co.nz - May 18, 2012 08:19pm

 

 



Afghanistan's daunting corruption challenge

  1. Government claims profligate spending by foreign agencies making bribery increasingly prevalent in the country.
    Al Jazeera - May 18, 2012   09:26am

 

 

 

Video: Rampant corruption in Afghanistan

  1. From a traffic cop caught on surveillance video taking a bribe to government cronies accused of looting nearly a billion dollars from the country's biggest bank, corruption is rife in Afghanistan. Allen Pizzey reports on what can be done to stop it.
    CBS News - May 18, 2012   05:13pm

 

 

 

 

 

Corruption is Afghanistan's biggest problem as foreign forces prepare to leave

  1. Citizens say corruption in President Hamid Karzai's government needs to be curbed before the country can succeed on its own
    CBS News - May 18, 2012   03:47pm

 

 

As NATO prepares to talk security, Afghans talk corruption

As NATO leaders gather in Chicago to discuss Afghanistan’s future, many here are hopeful, even optimistic, that the outcome will renew confidence in the long-term security of their embattled nation.
Stars and Stripes - May 18 09:24am







 

 

 

 

Chicago NATO Summit Preview: Afghanistan Security Will Be The Main Course

  1. There are currently about 130,000 foreign troops in the country, with Americans accounting for about 90,000 of them.
    International Business Times - May 18, 2012 09:16am

 

 

Afghanistan fundraising goal elusive before NATO summit

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Just days before this weekend's NATO summit, the United States remains short of its goal of raising $1.3 billion (821.9 million pounds) in security funds from its partners in Afghanistan, after a money-raising blitz failed to garner immediate contributions from allies facing fiscal and political pressures. Who will pay for Afghanistan's future security will be central when ...
Reuters- May 18, 2012   02:20pm







 

 

 

 

 French leader faces likely NATO ire on Afghanistan

For President Barack Obama's relationship with France, it's out with "Sarkozy the American" and in with Francois Hollande the Socialist.
Associated Press  - May 18, 2012 12:34am
 
 
 
KABUL (Reuters) - Afghanistan, which has only a semblance of a capital market, intends to sell Islamic bonds as it braces for a possible sharp fall in Western financial support as the war against the Taliban winds down, a senior central bank official said this week. The official said the sale of short-term Islamic bonds, also known as sukuk, is still in the planning stage, but could be a new way ...
Reuters via Yahoo! News - May 16 09:24pm
 

House OKs continued war in Afghanistan
The House endorsed the continued war in Afghanistan on Thursday despite acknowledgment from Republicans and Democrats that the American people are war-weary after more than a decade of conflict.
Associated Press via Yahoo! News - May 17, 2012   06:43pm




 

 

Afghan insurgent attacks down: A sign of widening Taliban fractures?

  1. Afghan and NATO leaders will gather in Chicago this weekend to discuss the future of security in Afghanistan as international troops prepare to end combat operations in 2014.
    Christian Science Monitor - May 17, 2012   05:24am

 

 

 

Hollande, new French president, forced to backtrack on Afghanistan pullout vow

  1. PARIS — Sworn in Tuesday as president of France, Francois Hollande has already been forced by the unforgiving calculus of military logistics to backtrack on his campaign promise to pull all French forces out of Afghanistan by the end of this year. Read full article >>
    Washington Post - May 15, 2012 07:23am





 

 

Karzai warns 'difficult' US security talks ahead

Afghan President Hamid Karzai hailed a newly signed strategic pact with the United States but warned Thursday that tough negotiations still lay ahead on the US military presence in his war-torn country after 2014.
AFP via Yahoo! News - May 03 06:41am



 

 

Afghanistan security deal Obama signed has holes

The 10-year security compact that President Barack Obama signed with Afghan President Hamid Karzai contains promises the United States and Afghanistan cannot guarantee they will keep, and loopholes for both nations.
Associated Press - May 02, 2012 11:08pm
 
 
Afghanistan's president has branded his U.S. allies as corrupt, wasteful and contemptuous of Afghan lives. Once he even threatened to join the Taliban. Nonetheless, Hamid Karzai signed a deal that could keep thousands of U.S. troops in his country for years.
Associated Press - May 02 12:30pm

 



 

US must focus on upcoming leadership change in Afghanistan

The exit sign is blinking in Afghanistan. Yesterday, President Obama secretly traveled to Kabul and signed a pact outlining US support for Afghanistan after the troop pullout in 2014. He also spoke to Americans about the war in a prime-time address.
Christian Science Monitor  - May 02, 2012 09:20am



 

 

 

 

Analysis: Obama has 2 narratives on Afghanistan

In President Barack Obama's twin narratives, the United States is both leaving Afghanistan and staying there.
Associated Press - May 02, 2012  07:21am
 



 

Obama in Afghanistan on anniversary of bin Laden's death

KABUL (Reuters) - President Barack Obama arrived in Afghanistan on Tuesday to sign an agreement charting future relations with the country, making the secret trip on the first anniversary of the killing of al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden. Obama plans to deliver a televised address to Americans later on Tuesday. The U.S.-Afghan Strategic Partnership Agreement will set conditions for a U.S ...
Reuters, May 1, 2012
 



 

 Obama lands in Afghanistan in surprise visit

  1. President Barack Obama made a previously unannounced visit to Afghanistan on Tuesday, the first anniversary of the U.S. raid that killed Osama bin Laden in neighboring Pakistan.
    CNN -   May 1, 2012



 

 

 

 

 US military deaths in Afghanistan at 1,828

  1. As of Tuesday, May 1, 2012, at least 1,828 members of the U.S. military had died in Afghanistan as a result of the U.S.-led invasion of Afghanistan in late 2001, according to an Associated Press count.
    Associated Press - May 01, 2012  08:55am





 

Afghanistan Soldier Attacks On American, Foreign Troops Underreported

  1. WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S.-led military coalition in Afghanistan is under-reporting the number of times that Afghan soldiers and police open fire on American and other foreign troops.
    The Huffington Post - April 30, 2012



 

 

 

 

 

 Pakistan wants apology for US border killings

American attempts to rebuild its relationship with Pakistan appear to be stuck on the issue of a U.S. apology for killing 24 Pakistani border troops last November.
Associated Press via Yahoo! News - Apr 28 09:44am
 



 

 

Talks Between U.S. and Pakistan Fail Over Airstrike Apology

Negotiations between the United States and Pakistan failed over Pakistani demands for an apology for American airstrikes last November that killed 24 Pakistani soldiers on the Afghan border.
New York Times - Apr 27, 2012    09:14am
 
 

No Easy Peace for Afghanistan

  1. As the NATO summit in Chicago approaches, can a political solution come through Pakistan? By Javid Ahmad.
    Newsweek - Apr 27, 2012  06:13pm

 



 

 

 

 

 Bomb kills 3 US service members in Afghanistan

  1. Officials say three American service members have been killed in a bomb attack in eastern Afghanistan.
    Associated Press - Apr 26, 2012   01:06pm



 

 

Roadside bomb kills 3 U.S. troops in Afghanistan

  1. KABUL, AFGHANISTAN : Three U.S. service members were killed on Thursday when a roadside bomb exploded in eastern Afghanistan, U.S. officials said, hours after a rogue Afghan soldier killed another U.S. service member.
    New Kerala - Apr 27, 2012    03:38am



 

Roadside bomb kills 3 U.S. troops in Afghanistan

  1. KABUL, AFGHANISTAN : Three U.S. service members were killed on Thursday when a roadside bomb exploded in eastern Afghanistan, U.S. officials said, hours after a rogue Afghan soldier killed another U.S. service member.
    New Kerala - Apr 27, 2012    03:38am



 

 

 Column: Obama got bin Laden; he doesn't get Afghanistan

  1. Al Neuharth: The president doesn't understand that insurgents no longer care about fighting the USA.
    USA Today - Apr 26, 2012 03:50pm



 

 

 

 

 

Obama: 30,000-Plus Surge Troops Leaving Afghanistan

  1. Beginning to wind down a long and devastating war, President Barack Obama announced Wednesday night he was pulling home 33,000 U.S. troops from Afghanistan by next summer, withdrawing the "surge" of forces he had sent to rescue a flailing effort.
    KPBS San Diego - April 28, 2012, 54 minutes ago



 

 

 

 Gohmert: U.S. hurting own interests supporting Karzai

  1. An entrenched U.S. foreign policy born in the Bush years is harming America’s best allies in Afghanistan, an East Texas congressman says after meeting with Afghan fighters this past weekend. YouTube Video:  No YouTube read more
    KETK 56 Tyler - Apr 26 10:56am



 

 

 

 

 

Rohrabacher: Karzai 'prima donna'

  1. The California Republican was prevented from entering Afghanistan last weekend.
    Politico - Apr 26, 2012  05:16am



 

 

 

 

Rohrabacher: Karzai 'prima donna'

  1. The California Republican was prevented from entering Afghanistan last weekend.
    Politico - Apr 26, 2012  05:16am

 

 



 

Afghan war is ending, says White House

  1. A senior administration official said it is the most important message the White House will be telegraphing. Read more...
    The Hill - Apr 25,2012  02:58am



 

Hamid Karzai bans critical US congressman

  1. Hamid Karzai banned an American congressman from Afghanistan because he was so angered by his criticism, leading Hillary Clinton to personally plead with the representative to stay away.
    Daily Telegraph - Apr 23, 2012  09:48am



 

 

Karzai blocks US lawmaker from Afghan visit: aide

A US lawmaker critical of President Hamid Karzai was barred entry to Afghanistan as part of a congressional delegation meeting with Afghan opposition groups, his office said Monday.
AFP via Yahoo! Canada News - April 23, 2012
 
 
A senior US Congressman highly critical of the Afghan government is prevented from entering the country, in a move likely to strain ties with the US.
BBC News - Apr 23, 2012   04:48am
 
 
Rep. Dana Rohrabacher, R-Calif., a fierce critic of the Afghan government, has been denied access into Afghanistan, the BBC reports.
National Journal via Yahoo! News - Apr 23 01:28am
 
The Afghan government has barred a U.S. congressman who has criticized President Hamid Karzai from traveling to Afghanistan. Rep. Dana Rohrabacher, California Republican, was scheduled to travel to Afghanistan on Friday as part of a congressional delegation. Mr. Rohrabacher's spokeswoman, Tara Setmayer, told The Washington Times that the lawmaker was ...
The Washington Times - 2 hours, 28 minutes ago




 

 

 

Karzai Bans Dana Rohrabacher from Entering Afghanistan

  1. California Congressman Dana Rohrabacher says Karzai is a poor leader.
    US News & World Report, April 23, 2012  - Apr 23 10:28am

 

 

 

 

 

Rohrabacher can't enter Afghanistan

  1. The California Republican is denied entry because of his critical views of the country’s government.
    Politico - Apr 23, 2012 09:11am

 

 

 

Dana Rohrabacher, California Rep., Barred From Entering Afghanistan By Hamid Karzai

WASHINGTON -- Afghan President Hamid Karzai may not be able to silence his critics in Washington, but he can stop them from entering his country. On Friday, Karzai barred Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (R-Calif.) from traveling to Afghanistan with his fellow congressmen.
The Huffington Post - Apr 23, 2012  09:02am



 

 

 

Dana Rohrabacher: U.S. Congressman Denied Entry Into Afghanistan For Criticizing Karzai

  1. A senior member of the House Foreign Affairs, Rep. Dana Rohrabacher, said he was denied entry into Afghanistan because of his criticisms of the Karzai administration.
    International Business Times  April 23, 2012- 1 hour, 26 minutes



 

 

 

 

KABUL — After more than a year of negotiations, U.S. and Afghan officials reached an agreement Sunday affirming the United States’ commitment to Afghanistan for a decade after its formal troop withdrawal in 2014 . Read full article >>

Washington Post - Apr 22, 2012 05:08pm

 

 

 

 

 

France a ‘great, great ally,' White House says, as Afghan policy headache looms

  1. The White House said Friday it was "monitoring" the outcome of France's elections, the results of which could pose fresh challenges for President Barack Obama on issues like the war in Afghanistan. "We're certainly monitoring it in the sense that we follow the news and France is a great, great ally of the United States and will continue to be so," spokesman Jay Carney told reporters. But there's ...
    ABC News - Apr 20, 2012    01:51pm



 

 

 

 

 Opium production soars

  1. Opium farming will increase across Afghanistan in 2012, driven by massive corruption.
    The Age - Apr 18, 2012    07:13am



 

 

 

 

Poll finds support for Afghanistan war deteriorating among voters

  1. American support for a U.S. troop presence in Afghanistan continues to erode rapidly and has now hit a new low, according to a poll from the Pew Research Center in Washington.
    Los Angeles Times - Apr 18, 2012   12:46pm

 

 

 

 

Opposing view: Bring our soldiers home

  1. Rep. James Moran: Afghanistan is simply no longer a sufficient threat to the domestic security of the U.S.
    USA Today - Apr 18, 2012   05:15pm





 

 

 

 

 

 

 Hamid Karzai a huge letdown: Alexander Downer

The Australian - April 18, 2012
AFGHAN President Hamid Karzai has proved to be a weak leader and was "an enormous disappointment" to Western powers, including Australia, which invested in ...





 

 

 

 

 

 Australian ex-FM calls Karzai 'enormous disappointment'

Australia's longest-serving foreign minister on Wednesday declared that Hamid Karzai had been an "enormous disappointment" as Afghan president, describing him as weak and misleading.
AFP via Yahoo! News - Apr 17, 2012 08:41pm
 
 



 

 

 Australia plans early Afghanistan exit

  1. Australian troops could begin pulling out from Afghanistan in the coming months and may have exited the country almost entirely by the end of next year, Prime Minister Julia Gillard of Australia said Tuesday.
    CNN - Apr 17 05:39am



 

 

 

 Karzai accuses NATO of failure over attacks

Afghan President Hamid Karzai Monday blamed intelligence failures, particularly on the part of NATO forces, for the biggest coordinated militant attacks on Kabul in 10 years of war.
AFP - Apr 16, 2012 

 





 

 

 

 

 

 

Karzai wants 'at least $2 billion' a year from US

Afghan President Hamid Karzai on Tuesday said he wanted "at least $2 billion" a year from the United States after it withdraws its troops in 2014.
AFP via Yahoo! News - Apr 17 07:17am



 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Karzai accuses NATO of failure over attacks

Afghan President Hamid Karzai Monday blamed intelligence failures, particularly on the part of NATO forces, for the biggest coordinated militant attacks on Kabul in 10 years of war.
AFP - Apr 16, 2012 



 

 

 

 

Karzai chides Nato over attacks

  1. Afghan President Hamid Karzai links Sunday's co-ordinated militant attacks to intelligence failures, especially on the part of Nato.
    BBC News - April 16, 2012

 

 

 

Karzai says NATO failed as 18-hr Kabul attack ends

KABUL (Reuters) - Afghan President Hamid Karzai said on Monday that a coordinated Taliban attack showed a "failure" by Afghan intelligence and especially by NATO, as heavy street fighting between insurgents and security forces came to an end after 18 hours. Battles which broke out at midday on Sunday gripped the city's central districts through the night, with large explosions and gunfire ...
Reuters, April 16, 2012





 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Afghan corruption feeding unrest: experts

After a decade of war and billions of dollars in Western aid, Afghanistan is drowning in a tide of corruption that is exacerbating conflict and stifling economic development, experts say.
AFP via Yahoo! News - Apr 12, 2012  09:20pm



 

 

  1. Will the country's economy collapse as billions in aid money leave the country along with international security forces?
    Al Jazeera - Apr 01 , 2012



 

 

 

 

 Talks reopen on future U.S. role in Afghanistan

  1. U.S. and Afghan officials on Tuesday resumed discussions on an agreement that will commit the United States to the Central Asian nation long after foreign troops leave in 2014. "Our negotiators are back in business today," Marc Grossman, the U.S. special representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan, said at the United ...
    The Washington Times - April 10, 2012 33 minutes ago



 

 

 

 

 

 

Karzai Orders Inquiry in Kabul Bank’s Losses

The Afghan president ordered that hundreds of millions of dollars in outstanding loans by the bank be repaid within two months.  President Hamid Karzai ordered the appointment of a special prosecutor and the creation of a special tribunal to try those involved in the near collapse of Kabul Bank, a scandal that laid bare the crony capitalism and corruption that has thrived here in the past decade. Mr. Karzai also ordered that hundreds of millions of dollars in outstanding loans by the bank be repaid within two months, his office said in a statement. Most of the loans were taken by politically connected insiders — including the president’s brother Mahmoud Karzai — and investigators have said that few of the loans were ever meant to be paid back.

New York Times - Apr 05, 2012 New York Times,  04:23p

 



 

 

Foreign Policy: What Afghanistan's 1 Percent Thinks

  1. The American presence in Afghanistan is winding down, leaving Afghani elite to wonder what's next. Karen Leigh of Foreign Policy explains how a string of disasters has left the Kabul elite wondering whether it's possible to pick up the pieces of their shattered alliance with the United States.
    NPR - Apr 05 06:00am



 

 

Will the U.S. Win in Afghanistan?

We ask several leading foreign policy thinkers about America's prospects in the conflict.

  1. The Atlantic - Apr 04, 2012 08:10am



 

 

 

 Dreams Of A Mining Future On Hold In Afghanistan

Pie-in-the-sky reports about vast mineral deposits of copper, iron, uranium and lithium are believed by many in Afghanistan to be the key to the country's future. But a Chinese copper mine east of Kabul is the only one optioned by an international company so far, and it's on hold.
NPR - Apr 04, 2012   01:52pm



 

 

 

 

Ending the Afghan War

Governance reform is crucial to stability in Afghanistan, but time is running out. To avoid failure, the United States should focus its efforts on the critical subset of its original reform agenda that can be achieved on a short timetable. This triage could take many forms.
Foreign Relations - Apr 02, 2012 01:22pm
 
Dreams Of A Mining Future On Hold In Afghanistan
Pie-in-the-sky reports about vast mineral deposits of copper, iron, uranium and lithium are believed by many in Afghanistan to be the key to the country's future. But a Chinese copper mine east of Kabul is the only one optioned by an international company so far, and it's on hold.
NPR - Apr 04, 2012  01:52pm






 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  NYT: As troops exit Afghanistan, businesses may follow

  1. Interviews with business owners, analysts and economists paint a picture of extreme anxiety in both the domestic and international business communities as the Western drawdown begins.
    MSNBC - Apr 02 04:21am



 

 

 

 

 

 

Jay urges Obama to speed up Afghanistan withdrawal

  1. CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- On Monday, Sen. Jay Rockefeller, D-W.Va., wrote a letter to President Obama praising him for plans to withdraw American troops from Afghanistan. But Rockefeller believes the process should be speeded up. "I request that you c...
    The Charleston Gazette - April 2, 2012



 

 

 

Rockefeller urges Obama to bring US troops home

  1. CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- U.S. Sen. Jay Rockefeller is urging President Barack Obama to expedite the withdrawal of U.S. troops from Afghanistan. The West Virginia Democrat wrote to Obama on Monday. The letter said tha...
    Charleston Daily Mail - Apr 02 12:52pm

 

 

 

NATO denies accelerating Afghanistan troop withdrawal

NATO's chief denied on Monday that the alliance was speeding up the withdrawal of combat troops from Afghanistan as he sought to clear up "confusion" over the pullout planned for the end of 2014.
AFP via Yahoo! News - Apr 02, 2012





 

 

Afghanistan names general to run U.S. prison, asserts control

  1. Afghanistan named a three star general to take over Bagram prison from the U.S. military and with him, final say over which prisoners are released, an issue with the potential to open another rift in relations between Washington and Kabul.
    Canada.com - April 1, 2012

 

 

 

 

 

Predator Strike That Killed Marine Angers Father

  1. Robert Rast is still searching for answers a year after his son was killed in Afghanistan in the first-ever friendly fire incident involving an Air Force Predator drone missile strike. He wants Pentagon leaders to hold those who were involved accountable
    Las Vegas Review-Journal - April 1, 2012

 

 

 

 

Afghanistan presses for answers on long-term U.S. military bases

  1. KABUL (Reuters) - Afghanistan wants the United States to clearly spell out what sort of military presence it will leave behind once most of its combat troops leave by the end of 2014, a senior Afghan official said.
    The Star - Mar 31 09:16am





 

 

Afghan citizens have own exit strategy

  1. KABUL, Afghanistan — The United States may be struggling to come up with a viable exit plan for Afghanistan, but Abdul Wasay Manani is sure of his. The broad-set Afghan butcher spent the
    Post-Bulletin - Mar 30 09:22pm

 



 

 

 

 Businesses May Flee Afghanistan After Troop Withdrawal

  1. The business leaders whom Afghanistan needs to succeed after allied forces withdraw their troops in 2014 are already making moves to leave the country.
    New York Times - Mar 30 01:44pm







 

 

 

 

 

Panetta says focus on strategy, not polls in Afghanistan

OTTAWA (Reuters) - U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said on Tuesday it was important for NATO-led forces to continue implementing their strategy to end the conflict in Afghanistan despite growing signs of public fatigue after 10 years of war. "We cannot fight wars by polls. If we do that we're in deep trouble," Panetta told a news conference in Canada. "We have to operate based on what we ...
Reuters via Yahoo! News - Mar 27 07:20pm



 

 

 

 

Afghanistan’s War on Women

  1. A new Human Rights Watch report details 60 cases of Afghan women and girls imprisoned for ‘moral crimes.’ By Jesse Ellison.
    Newsweek - Mar 27 10:33pm



 

 

 

 

 

 

The End of the Afghan War and a Battle of Semantics

In the last week alone, Americans have been told definitively that “Afghanistan is ready right now to take all security responsibilities completely” (Afghan President Hamid Karzai); that Afghans will take “full responsibility for security in 2014” (President Barack Obama); that the U.S. and its allies will shift to a support role next year and “won’t be in a combat role after 2014” (British ...
The Atlantic Wire via Yahoo! News - Mar 19, 2012 06:44am



 

 

 

 
Americans across the political spectrum believe the war in Afghanistan is futile and want to bring the troops home, according to a new a New York Times/CBS poll.
International Business Times - March 27, 2012
 
 
 
Afghan forces killed three NATO soldiers
Afghan security forces and police killed three NATO troops in two separate incidents in Afghanistan Monday. The latest "green on blue" attacks came as the top commander of the U.S.-led mission in Afghanistan wrapped up a visit to Washington during which he sought to bolster confidence in the mission that has been shattered by a [...]
Yahoo! News - March 27, 2012
 
Third NATO service member killed in alleged "green on blue" attack
A man alleged to be a local Afghan policeman killed an American service member in eastern Afghanistan on Monday, the second fatal shooting of NATO service members in a day, both apparently at the hands of their Afghan comrades.
CNN - Mar 26 02:32pm




 

 Billions in cash smuggled out of Afghanistan every year

In the busy street markets of Kabul, stacks of cash sit in piles as moneychangers shout the day's exchange rate to shoppers bustling by. Currency is bought and sold in the open air.
CNN - March 26, 2012 

 



 

 

 

 Billions in cash smuggled out of Afghanistan every year

  1. In the busy street markets of Kabul, stacks of cash sit in piles as moneychangers shout the day's exchange rate to shoppers bustling by. Currency is bought and sold in the open air.
    CNN - March 26, 2012



 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Afghan peace efforts 'doomed without UN'

The West is prepared to pull out of Afghanistan without a settlement and attempts to negotiate with the Taliban are unlikely to lead to lasting peace, a respected think tank warned on Monday.
AFP via Yahoo! News - March 26, 2012



 

 

 

 

 Afghanistan: Security Council Extends Mandate Of UN Mission
Afghanistan: Security Council Extends Mandate Of Un Mission For Another Year New York, Mar 22 2012 6:10PM The Security Council today extended the mandate of the United Nations mission in Afghanistan for another one year so it can continue supporting the country as it goes through the process of assuming full responsibility for its security, governance and development efforts.
Scoop.co.nz - Mar 25 02:51pm
 
 
Leaving Afghanistan is West's priority: think-tank
The West wants to pull out of Afghanistan "with or without a settlement" and attempts to negotiate with the Taliban are unlikely to lead to lasting peace, a report by a respected think-tank said Monday.
AFP via Yahoo! News - Mar 25 01:31pm

 
 
 
From media reports, it is clear that America’s hold on Afghanistan is unraveling and our military faces defeat. The recent rampage of a U.S. soldier was the last straw for Afghan President Hamid Karzai, the people of his country and war-weary American citizens . The Obama administration has begun searching for the exits, no matter the consequences. Read full article >>
Washington Post - Mar 22 04:47pm
 
 
 
British Afghanistan pullout to save £2.4 billion: Osborne
Britain will spend £2.4 billion ($3.8 billion, 2.9 billion euros) less than planned on its mission in Afghanistan because combat operations will end in 2014, Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne said Wednesday.
AFP via Yahoo! News - Mar 21 12:20pm

 

 

 

 

 

Karzai's team clash over relations with US

In presence of western officials, Afghan president's chief of staff and senior diplomat accused each other of spying.
Al Jazeera - March 21, 2012
 
 
Gulf Widens Between U.S. and a More Volatile Karzai
Ever since the Koran-burning episode on Feb. 20, the relationship between the United States and President Hamid Karzai of Afghanistan has lurched from one crisis to another.
New York Times - Mar 17 01:15pm

 


 

 

U.S. to determine Afghanistan troop pull-out by end-2012

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama's top commander in Afghanistan will make recommendations about how quickly the United States should pull out of that long and costly war late this year, probably after November's elections, according to a timetable given on Tuesday. General John Allen, who commands U.S. and NATO forces in Afghanistan, said he would present recommendations for Obama ...
Reuters via Yahoo! News - March 20, 2012



 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 U.S. commander John Allen says Afghanistan transition plan is ‘on track’

  1. Marine Gen. John Allen, the top U.S. commander in Afghanistan, told sometimes skeptical lawmakers Tuesday that the United States is "on track" to achieve its goals for stabilizing Afghanistan and preventing it from becoming a haven for terrorism. International forces are still planning to withdraw over the next two years, despite numerous high profile setbacks [...]
    Yahoo! News - Mar 20 11:17am

 

 

 

 

 

Top commander in Afghanistan says mission on track

  1. Facing a skeptical Congress, the top commander in Afghanistan insisted on Tuesday that the United States is winding down the decade-plus war and has no intention to remain in the country indefinitely.
    Associated Press via Yahoo! News - 2 hours, 48 minutes ago



 

 

 

 

 

Mortgage Burden for Bales Familiar Story for U.S. Troops

  1. The housing finance setbacks that confronted Army Staff Sergeant Robert Bales, the soldier accused of killing at least 16 civilians in Afghanistan, are one part of his story that many U.S. troops would recognize.
    Bloomberg - Mar 18 10:05pm



 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bales Faced Losing Houses as He Fought 6,700 Miles Away

  1. A world away from the isolated camp in the plains southwest of Kandahar, Afghanistan, where U.S. soldiers seized homemade bombs and weapons caches in nighttime raids, Robert Bales’s other life was crumbling.
    BusinessWeek - 2 hours, 55 minutes ago



 

 

 

Afghanistan acts to curb flight of capital

  1. Afghanistan has taken new steps to combat rampant capital flight after the central bank found that the amount of dollars flown out of Kabul doubled to $4.6bn last year.
    CNN - Mar 18 07:56pm

 

 

 

Afghanistan suspect had fallen on hard times

Army Sgt. Robert Bales was passed over for a promotion and was facing financial troubles, according to neighbors and his wife's blog. But friends and co-workers speak of his exemplary reputation. The U.S. Army sergeant suspected in the deadly shooting rampage that left 16 Afghan civilians dead had been passed over for promotion and appeared to face mounting financial troubles on the eve of his ...
Chicago Tribune - Mar 18 06:51am
 
 
Karzai’s Duplicitous Demands
However, even though Karzai seems to be genuine in his demands, they are in fact as duplicitous as his usual political actions. His own government proved it by qualifying his demands less than two days after he made them.
CBS Denver - Mar 18 09:43pm
 
Gulf Widens Between U.S. and a More Volatile Karzai
Ever since the Koran-burning episode on Feb. 20, the relationship between the United States and President Hamid Karzai of Afghanistan has lurched from one crisis to another.
New York Times - Mar 17 01:15pm





 

 

 

 

 

 

 
1 day ago ... KABUL, AFGHANISTAN | The Afghan government is giving companies extensions ranging from a few weeks to 90 days to change from private ...
www.washingtontimes.com/.../afghan-government-gives-private-security- firms-mor/

Washington Times, March 17, 2012

 

 

 

 

 

Turkish Helicopter Crashes, Killing at Least 12 NATO Troops in Afghanistan

  1. A Turkish helicopter plunged into a house in the Afghan capital on Friday, killing at least 12 NATO service members and two civilians, officials said.
    New York Times - Mar 16 03:49am





 

 

 

 

 

Karzai chides US on deaths probe

  1. Afghan President Hamid Karzai accuses the US of not fully co-operating with a probe into the massacre of 16 civilians by a US serviceman.
    BBC News - Mar 16 09:35am

 

 

 

 

Karzai blasts US over probe into shootings

  1. Afghan leader Hamid Karzai lashed out at the United States because of the lack of U.S. cooperation into a probe of an American soldier's killing spree.
    Fox News - Mar 16 05:40am

 

 

 

Karzai slams US after shooting suspect flown abroad

  1. KABUL: President Hamid Karzai accused the United States on Friday of failing to cooperate over a massacre of 16 Afghans blamed on an American sergeant, raising public tensions between the two countries.
    Channel NewsAsia - Mar 16 07:06am

 

 

 

 

Karzai to US: Withdraw Troops from Villages

  1. Afghan president Karzai tells Defense Secretary Panetta to move troops to bases after shooting rampage Afghans: Soldier's Trial Should be on Afghan Turf Panetta: 'Don't Believe' I Was Target of Attack Alleged Afghanistan Shooter Hires 'Barefoot Bandit' Lawyer
    Fox News - Mar 15 06:45am



 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Congress' Split On Afghanistan Isn't Along Party Lines

Should the U.S. leave now, go later or reinforce? Just as the nation is divided over the war in Afghanistan, so too is Congress. As usual, Democrats and Republicans are arguing, but this time it's among themselves.

  1. NPR - Mar 17 05:16am

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Obama Calls Karzai and Reaffirms Withdrawal Date

  1. The conversation came a day after President Hamid Karzai of Afghanistan insisted that American troops be confined to bases by next year.
    International Herald Tribune - Mar 16 04:58pm



 

 

 

War effort hits new low; Karzai at 'end of rope'

Afghan President Hamid Karzai says he's at "the end of the rope," and a majority of Americans feel the same way.
Associated Press via Yahoo! News - Mar 16 08:14pm
 
 



 

Afghanistan’s Karzai at ‘end of the rope,’ questions whether shooter acted alone

  1. KABUL — Afghan President Hamid Karzai on Friday accused the United States of stonewalling an investigation into the killings of 16 Afghan civilians and suggested that more than one soldier may have been involved in the massacre. Read full article >>
    Washington Post - Mar 16 03:08pm

 

 

 

 



 

 

Karzai asks NATO to leave Afghan villages; Taliban scrap talks

KABUL (Reuters) - Afghanistan's President Hamid Karzai called for NATO troops to leave Afghan villages and confine themselves to major bases after the slaughter of 16 civilians by a U.S. soldier, underscoring fury over the massacre and clouding U.S. exit plans. In a near-simultaneous announcement, the Afghan Taliban said it was suspending nascent peace talks with the United States seen as a ...
Reuters via Yahoo! News - Mar 15 04:28pm
 
 
 
 
Karzai demands NATO pullback from rural areas of Afghanistan
Afghan President Hamid Karzai rebukes visiting Defense Secretary Leon Panetta over killings by a U.S soldier. The Taliban suspends dialogue with the U.S.
Los Angeles Times - Mar 15 06:04pm
 
 
Karzai: Afghan Forces Should Take Over by 2013
Afghan President Hamid Karzai said on Thursday that U.S. troops should leave the countryside and villages for major U.S. bases, and turnover military operations to Afghan troops by 2013, the Associated Press reports. The current U.S.plan is to turn over military operations in 2014.
National Journal via Yahoo! News - Mar 15 02:44am







 

 

 

Soldiers asked to disarm during Leon Panetta speech

  1. US soldiers were asked to disarm during a speech by Leon Panetta, the American defence secretary, in a sign of grown concern over spates of seemingly random violence in Afghanistan.
    Daily Telegraph - Mar 14 02:34pm

 

 

 

 

Marines asked to disarm before Panetta speech in "highly unusual move"

  1. In a highly unusual move, around 200 U.S. Marines were asked to leave their weapons outside the tent where U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta was set to speak during his trip to Afghanistan on Wednesday.
    MSNBC - Mar 14 08:50am



 

 

 

Obama Administration Officials Apparently Fear U.S. Troops in Afghanistan -- AmericanTroops, U.S. Marines ordered to Disarm Prior to Panetta Speech, Suprise Visit to Afghanistan

 

KABUL, Afghanistan — A tense visit to Afghanistan by Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta got off to an unscripted start when a stolen truck sped onto a runway ramp at the British military airfield as his plane was landing. Mr. Panetta was unhurt but Pentagon officials said the Afghan driver emerged from the vehicle in flames.



 

 

 

 

 

 

Panetta feared to be target of suicide attack in Afghanistan

  1. KABUL -- Defense Secretary Leon Panetta was feared to have been the target of a suicide attack at Camp Bastion on Wednesday as he arrived in Afghanistan. A vehicle got on to the runway and burst into flames as Panetta's plane landed at the sprawling British base. Panetta was...
    New York Post - 1 hour, 38 minutes ago

 

 

 

 

 

 

Karzai brothers attacked amid fury over US soldier’s rampage

  1. Gunmen today ambushed an Afghan government delegation including two of President Hamid Karzai’s brothers as it visited a village where a US soldier murdered 16 civilians.
    Independent - Mar 13 05:59am





 

 

 

 

 

US lawmaker wants Afghanistan's Karzai investigated

 

The head of a US congressional subcommittee is asking a federal agency to investigate whether Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai is misappropriating foreign aid funding to benefit himself and his family.

 

Representative Dana Rohrabacher announced on his website that he has requested an investigation by the US Government Accountability Office.

 

The request for an investigation coincides with consideration in Congress of President Barack Obama's 2013 budget proposal that includes $2.5 billion for Afghanistan.

 

Rohrabacher's March 7 letter to the comptroller general of the Government Accountability Office asked for a report to Congress on US foreign aid funds that "have been stolen, diverted or otherwise inappropriately gone to, or benefited Afghan President Hamid Karzai and his family."

 

Rohrabacher is chairman of the House Foreign Affairs subcommittee on oversight and investigations.  AFP via Yahoo! News - Mar 10 01:21pm

 

 

 

Afghan officials fired upon at site of massacre

  1. Delegation including Karzai's brother attacked during visit; 1st protest seen as Taliban threatens to "behead" Americans
    CBS News - Mar 12 11:33pm

 

 

 

 

Afghan outrage builds from shooting massacre

  1. Delegation including Karzai's brother attacked at massacre site as Taliban threatens to "behead" Americans
    CBS News - Mar 12 11:33pm

 

 

 

Afghan officials attacked at US killing spree site

  1. BALANDI, Afghanistan (AP) — Taliban militants opened fire Tuesday on an Afghan government delegation visiting one of the two villages in southern Afghanistan where a U.S. soldier is suspected of killing 16 Afghan civilians. The delegation was talking with families of the victims in Balandi village when they heard shooting, said Qayum Karzai, a brother of the Afghan president who was part of the ...
    The Wenatchee World - Mar 13 01:32am



 

 

Protests, attacks hit Afghanistan in wake of massacre

  1. Thousands took to the streets in Afghanistan to protest the killing of 16 civilians by a U.S. soldier, burning an effigy of Barak Obama and calling for the killer to be tried in Afghanistan.
    MSNBC - Mar 13 02:06am

 

 

Afghan protest flares over US soldier's massacre

Hundreds of students chanting "Death to America" and proclaiming holy war on Tuesday staged Afghanistan's first protest against a US army sergeant's massacre of 16 villagers.
AFP via Yahoo! News - Mar 13 12:04am





 

 

 

 

Obama calls Afghanistan massacre tragic but it won't shorten deadline to bring US troops home

  1. WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama says the massacre of Afghan civilians, allegedly at the hands of a U.S. soldier, won't change U.S. strategy or plans for keeping troops in Afghanistan.
    Associated Press via Yahoo! News - Mar 12 02:46pm

 

 

 

 

 

US signs deal to hand Bagram prison over to Afghanistan

  1. Deal will see prison gradually handed over across six months.
    Daily Telegraph - Mar 09 05:36am

 

 

 

 

Afghanistan, U.S. sign deal on handover of prison

  1. U.S. General John Allen, left, and Afghan Defense Minister Gen. Abdul Rahim Wardak attend a signing ceremony in Kabul on Friday. / By Anja Niedringhaus, AP
    Reno Gazette-Journal - Mar 09 12:55am





 

 

 

 

 

Marines to reduce by half in Afghanistan this year

Marines will lead the U.S. troop drawdown in Afghanistan this year, reducing by about half their numbers in the key province of Helmand as Afghans move fully into the combat lead there, a top U.S. general said Wednesday.
Associated Press via Yahoo! News - Mar 07 02:38pm
 
 
 
For peace in Afghanistan, women can't be 'secondary'
Afghanistan's religious authority declares women as 'secondary' and seeks restrictions on them. Karzai approves, perhaps to win over the Taliban in talks. But the outrage from Afghan women shows they no longer see themselves as willing victims.
The Christian Science Monitor - Mar 07 02:31pm






 

 

 

 Cardin, Mikulski urge faster withdrawal from Afghanistan

  1. Sens. Benjamin L. Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski urged President Barack Obama on Wednesday to speed the withdrawal of U.S. combat troops from Afghanistan.
    Baltimore Sun - 35 minutes ago



 

 

 

 

Jeff Merkley, 23 other senators call for accelerated withdrawal of troops from Afghanistan

  1. The senators, including two Republicans, say the money spent in Afghanistan could be better used on domestic priorities.
    The Oregonian - 1 hour, 17 minutes ago



 

 

 

 

 

 

 Afghan president backs strict guidelines for women

  1. Afghanistan's president on Tuesday endorsed a "code of conduct" issued by an influential council of clerics that activists say represents a giant step backward for women's rights in the country.
    Associated Press via Yahoo! News - Mar 06 09:23am

 

 

 

 

“Stay the course?” Afghanistan watchers predict accelerated pullout

  1. The Pentagon said it was "staying the course" in Afghanistan despite the killing Thursday of two U.S. soldiers by an Afghan soldier and a civilian. But Washington national security analysts said that the United States is likely looking for ways to reduce the international footprint in Afghanistan while accelerating the pace of the drawdown from [...]
    Yahoo! News - Mar 04 04:34pm



 

 

 

 

 

Afghanistan mission 'a failure'

  1. The Australian military's mission in Afghanistan has failed and the Federal Government has done a bad job of explaining Australia's role there, a defence strategist says.
    The West Australian via thewest.com.au - Mar 03 06:13pm

 

 

 

 

 

Obama: US will not stay in Afghanistan longer than

  1. WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama on Tuesday said the United States was committed to long-term ties with Afghanistan but did not want to keep troops there longer than needed to disable al Qaeda and ensure a modicum of stability as foreign forces withdraw. "President (Hamid) Karzai understands we are interested in a strategic partnership with the Afghan people and the Afghan ...
    Reuters via Yahoo! News - Mar 06 01:11pm

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pentagon: U.S. 'staying the course' in Afghanistan

  1. The United States will stay the course in Afghanistan despite two more killings of American troops Thursday by rogue Afghan security forces, Pentagon press secretary George Little said. "We are staying the course in Afghanistan. We have confidence in our ability to work closely with the [Afghan National Security Force]," ...
    The Washington Times - Mar 01 10:51am







 

 

 

 

 

White House Defends Apology To Afghanistan; Criticism from Newt Gingrich, Sarah Palin

 

The White House today defended President Obama’s decision to apologize for the recent incident of Koran burning at a U.S. airbase in Afghanistan, saying it was “wholly appropriate” given the “understandable sensitivities” to the issue. “The error was inadvertent,” Obama wrote in a letter to...
ABC OTUS News via Yahoo! News - Feb 23 02:48pm



 

 

 

 

 

 

Koran Burning in Afghanistan Fuels Bloody New Attacks on U.S. Forces

The deaths of a pair of American soldiers in Afghanistan Thursday highlights the bloody intersection of two dangerous aspects of the long war there: the growing Afghan fury over the burning of Korans and the continued killings of Western troops by their Afghan counterparts.

  1. National Journal via Yahoo! News - Feb 23 09:10am

 

 

 

 

 

Obama apologizes for Koran burning in Afghanistan

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama apologized on Thursday for the burning of copies of the Koran on a U.S. base in Afghanistan as the White House sought to quell spiraling furor among Afghans while also staving off Republican criticism at home. In a letter to Afghan President Hamid Karzai, Obama apologized over the incident in which Afghan workers found charred copies of the Muslim ...
Reuters via Yahoo! News - Feb 23 02:52pm
 
Gingrich blasts Obama’s apology to Karzai
Republican White House hopeful Newt Gingrich has angrily denounced President Obama's apology to Afghan President Hamid Karzai over the burning of Korans at a U.S. military base. The former speaker took to his Twitter feed to condemn Obama's letter to Karzai, saying: "It is an outrage that on the day an Afghan soldier murders two [...]
Yahoo! News - 2 hours, 33 minutes ago






 

Afghanistan demands NATO put Koran-burners on trial

KABUL (Reuters) - Afghanistan wants NATO to put on public trial those who burned copies of the Koran at a NATO base, President Hamid Karzai's office said on Thursday, after a third day of bloody protests over the incident. It said NATO had agreed to a trial, but that could not be immediately confirmed. Karzai had earlier accused a U.S. officer of "ignorantly" burning copies of the Koran, in an ...
Reuters via Yahoo! News - Feb 23 08:43am



 

 

 

 

Karzai invites Taliban leaders for direct talks

 

Afghan President Hamid Karzai on Tuesday invited the Taliban for direct talks with his government, while urging Pakistan to facilitate negotiation efforts towards ending Afghanistan's decade-long war.

AFP via Yahoo! News - Feb 21 11:44am
 
 
 
Gingrich blasts Obama’s apology to Karzai
Republican White House hopeful Newt Gingrich has angrily denounced President Obama's apology to Afghan President Hamid Karzai over the burning of Korans at a U.S. military base. The former speaker took to his Twitter feed to condemn Obama's letter to Karzai, saying: "It is an outrage that on the day an Afghan soldier murders two [...]
Yahoo! News - 2 hours, 33 minutes ago
 
 
 
 
Afghanistan's Karzai says speaks to Taliban every day - report
CANBERRA (Reuters) - Afghanistan's President Hamid Karzai said his government talks to the Taliban every day through intermediaries, according to an interview by Australia's SBS television for broadcast on Tuesday.
Reuters via Yahoo!7 News - Feb 21 02:32am
 
  1. KABUL, Afghanistan, Feb. 21 (UPI) -- It's only a matter of time before members of the Taliban and the Afghan government have direct peace talks, a member of a peace council said.
    UPI - Feb 21 10:41am

http://www.upi.com/Top_News/Special/2012/02/21/Direct-talks-with-Taliban-expected-soon/UPI-24691329846425/
 
 
 
 
Obama, Karzai discuss Afghan reconciliation
President Barack Obama has spoken to Afghan President Hamid Karzai to discuss efforts to reconcile with elements of the Taliban, including his meeting last week with Pakistani and Iranian leaders.
Associated Press via Yahoo! News - Feb 20 12:45pm

 

 


 
 
Hamid Karzai, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad in Pakistan for challenging summit
ISLAMABAD, Pakistan — On a day when U.S. drone-fired missiles struck twice in the militant havens of Pakistan’s tribal region, reportedly killing 14 fighters, the talk in Islamabad was all about how to produce peace in war-weary Afghanistan. Read full article >>
Washington Post - Feb 16 02:35pm
 
 
Taliban reject Karzai claim of secret meetings
The Taliban rejected a claim Thursday by Afghan President Hamid Karzai that it was taking part in secret talks with the Afghan government.
CNN - Feb 16 08:41am

 

 

 

 

Pakistan allows NATO to ship food to Afghanistan

Pakistan announced Tuesday that it has temporarily allowed NATO to ship perishable food to its troops in Afghanistan, a sign of thawing tensions following American airstrikes last year that accidentally killed 24 Pakistani soldiers.
Associated Press via Yahoo! News - Feb 14 06:49am



 

 

 

US gambles on special forces in Afghanistan strategy

 

As it draws down troops in Afghanistan, the United States plans to rely heavily on its special forces, gambling the elite troops can serve as a firewall to prevent the Taliban seizing back power, experts and officials say.
AFP via Yahoo! News - Feb 12 11:29am
 
 
 
Special Ops commander pledges to fulfill commitments
American Green Berets, SEALS and other commandos will continue to meet their commitments around the world, as the Pentagon imposes budget cuts, the commander of U.S. Special Operations said Tuesday. One of the top priorities will be helping regular combat forces withdraw from Afghanistan, where the U.S. will draw down ...
The Washington Times - Feb 07 04:02pm



 

 

 

 

What happens when troops - and money - leave Afghanistan?

  1. After three decades of conflict, Afghanistan has a complicated relationship with war.
    Christian Science Monitor via Yahoo! News - Feb 07 06:06am

 

 

 

 

 

Reports on Afghanistan war too rosy? Army officer, others say yes

  1. Are US military leaders being honest about how the war in Afghanistan is going? No – and to a troubling extent, argues an Army lieutenant colonel who served there last year.
    Christian Science Monitor via Yahoo! News - Feb 06 01:30pm
  2. http://news.yahoo.com/reports-afghanistan-war-too-rosy-army-officer-others-213025463.html



 

 

 

 

U.S. Plans a Shift to Elite Forces in Afghanistan

  1. In ending its combat role in Afghanistan a year earlier than expected, the United States will rely more on special forces that hunt insurgent leaders and train local troops, officials say.
    International Herald Tribune - Feb 04 03:12pm



 

 

 

 

 

CIA digs in as Americans withdraw from Iraq, Afghanistan

  1. The CIA is expected to maintain a large clandestine presence in Iraq and Afghanistan long after the departure of conventional U.S. troops as part of a plan by the Obama administration to rely on a combination of spies and Special Operations forces to protect U.S. interests in the two longtime war zones, U.S. officials said. Read full article >>
    Washington Post - Feb 07 04:13pm



 

 

Army Colonel Challenges Pentagon’s Afghanistan Reports

  1. After two deployments in Afghanistan, Lt. Col. Daniel L. Davis says the Pentagon is not telling the whole truth about how the war is going.
    New York Times - Feb 05 12:34pm

 

 

 

 

 

 

Intelligence Doesn’t Support Obama’s Upbeat View of Afghanistan

  1. U.S. and other intelligence reports are at odds with claims by President Barack Obama and other top U.S. officials that the Taliban are in retreat, Afghan security forces are growing stronger and the Afghan government is becoming more effective.
    Bloomberg - Feb 02 03:44am



 

 

 

 

 

 

Taliban vows to retake Afghanistan: report

  1. KABUL (Reuters) - The Taliban, backed by Pakistan, remains confident despite a decade of NATO efforts that it will retake control of Afghanistan, NATO said in a new classified report that raises more questions about Afghanistan's future as foreign forces withdraw.
    Reuters - Jan 31 10:49pm



Panetta: US Combat in Afghanistan to End in 2013

  1. Panetta: US, NATO combat role in Afghanistan set to end next year; training role through 2014
    ABC News - Feb 01 11:16am

 

 

 

 

Panetta: Afghanistan combat ends next year

  1. BRUSSELS — Defense Secretary Leon Panetta laid out the administration’s most explicit portrayal of the U.S. drawdown in Afghanistan, saying Wednesday that U.S. and other international forces in Afghanistan expect to end their combat role in 2013 and continue a training and advisory role with Afghan forces through 2014.
    Army Times - Feb 01 11:48am

 

 

 

 

 

 

US to end combat role in Afghanistan in 2013: Panetta

 

The United States plans to end its combat mission in Afghanistan as early as mid-2013 and shift to a training role, more than a year before most American troops are due to withdraw, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said Wednesday.
AFP via Yahoo! News - Feb 01 03:51pm
 
 
 
Undersecretary of Defense Michele Flournoy, who is stepping down from the No. 3 Pentagon post this week, urged that allies fighting in Afghanistan coordinate their withdrawal of troops and commit the money needed to fill the gaps they leave behind.
Bloomberg - Jan 29 09:37pm

 
 
 
The U.S. military plans to change the focus of its Afghanistan mission from combat to training local forces by the end of 2013, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said Wednesday, apparently… Click to Continue »
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Lawmakers want Afghan government overhaul

 

  1. Two Congress members from Orange County met with Afghan opposition leaders and Monday issued a joint policy statement calling for an overhaul of the Afghan government. Rep. Dana Rohrabacher , R-Costa Mesa, and Rep. Loretta Sanchez , D-Santa Ana, were among four members of Congress to meet with...
    Orange County Register - Jan 09 04:02pm



 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rep. Dana Rohrabacher: White House Wrong on the Taliban

 

Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Oversight talks Afghan politics.

 

The Obama administration's plan for building peace in Afghanistaninvolves reconciliation talks between the Afghan government and the Taliban. But Rep. Dana Rohrabacher, chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Oversight, says a political resolution with the radical Islamist group, which ruled Afghanistan when U.S.-led forces invaded in 2001, would be a "betrayal." Last week, the 12-term Republican from California's 46th District led a bipartisan congressional delegation to Berlin to meet with a group of Afghan politicians opposed to involving the Taliban in a coalition government. He spoke with U.S. News about the meeting and what he thinks is driving the policy.

 

Excerpts:

What's wrong with the current strategy in Afghanistan?



  1. US News & World Report - Jan 24 09:26am



 

 

 

 

Gameplans for Afghanistan: A Symposium - WSJ.com

 

 

Nov 15, 2011 ... Four analysts—Michael O'Hanlon, Marin Strmecki, Amin Saikal and Nitin ... In a worst case, as NATO winds down its effort in Afghanistan, ...

 

online.wsj.com/ article/ SB10001424052970204323904577039751498013454.htm

 

 

 

 

Three Track US Policy in Afghanistan, Pakiistan, Editorial VOA

 

Nov 7, 2011 ... The United States' policy in Afghanistan and Pakistan has yielded a number of ... Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton testifies on Capitol Hill in ... for regional economic integration which we call the New Silk Road vision. ...

www.voanews.com/ policy/ editorials/ asia/ Three-Track-US-Policy-In-Afghanistan-Pakistan-133397628.html 

 

 

 

 

 

Gameplans for Afghanistan--- A Symposium -- WSJ.COM



Nov 15, 2011 ... Four analysts—Michael O'Hanlon, Marin Strmecki, Amin Saikal and Nitin ... In a worst case, as NATO winds down its effort in Afghanistan, ...

online.wsj.com/ article/ SB10001424052970204323904577039751498013454.html

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The State of Afghanistan -

 

The American Interest ..From the January/February 2011 issue: The State of Afghanistan Marin Strmecki. Afghanistan: A Cultural and Political History by Thomas Barfield Princeton ...

www.the-american-interest.com/article.cfm?piece=914 

 

 

 

 

Testimony in Senate Armed Services Commitee of Dr. Marin Strmecki

 

http://armed-services.senate.gov/statemnt/2009/February/Strmecki%2002-26-09.pdf

 

 

A Motley Consensu on the Afghanistan Line Time -- New York Times.com

 

Apr 14, 2011 ... Conservatives like Representative Dana Rohrabacher  ... Timed to tax day on April 18, Rethink Afghanistan has created a website called ...

atwar.blogs.nytimes.com/ 2011/ 04/ 14/ a-motley-consensus-on-the-afghanistan-line-item/

 

 

 

 

Obama Will Speed Pullout From War in Afghanistan

 

Jun 22, 2011 ... Drawdown in Afghanistan: President Obama said troop reductions .... Representative Dana Rohrabacher, Republican of California, called on ...

www.nytimes.com/2011/06/23/world/asia/23prexy.html?pagewanted=all

 

 

 

 

Remarks by the President on the Way Forward in Afghanistan -- White House,Jun 22, 2011

 

... President Barack Obama ... President Obama greets White House visitors ... I ordered an additional 30000 American troops into Afghanistan. ...

www.whitehouse.gov/ the-press-office/ 2011/ 06/ 22/ remarks-president-way-forward-afghanistan -



 



 

 

 

 

 

Gameplans for Afghanistan--- A Symposium -- WSJ.COM



Nov 15, 2011 ... Four analysts—Michael O'Hanlon, Marin Strmecki, Amin Saikal and Nitin ... In a worst case, as NATO winds down its effort in Afghanistan, ...

online.wsj.com/ article/ SB10001424052970204323904577039751498013454.html

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The State of Afghanistan -

 

The American Interest ..From the January/February 2011 issue: The State of Afghanistan Marin Strmecki. Afghanistan: A Cultural and Political History by Thomas Barfield Princeton ...

www.the-american-interest.com/article.cfm?piece=914 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Testimony in Senate Armed Services Commitee of Dr. Marin Strmecki

 

http://armed-services.senate.gov/statemnt/2009/February/Strmecki%2002-26-09.pdf