July 27, 2008 |
The Pakistani government announced Saturday that the country's most powerful spy agency would be placed under civilian control, in a significant conciliatory move in advance of Prime Minister Yusaf Raza Gillani's visit to the United States. The Inter-Services Intelligence agency is known to have nurtured the Taliban movement in the 1990s, and critics allege that some elements within the agency retain links to Islamic militants. Recently, the Afghan government accused the ISI of being behind an assassination attempt against Afghan President Hamid Karzai.
May 2, 2011 |
Afghan President Hamid Karzai said Monday that the death of Osama bin Laden in neighboring Pakistan proved that "the fight against terrorism is not in Afghanistan. " "I want to call on NATO that the fight against terrorism is not in our homes or villages, nor is it in searching our homes," Karzai was quoted as saying by Reuters news agency. "They should stop that. " Karzai has frequently criticized foreign forces for causing civilian casualties in Afghanistan. Photos: Osama bin Laden is dead Speaking at a gathering of district officials, Karzai said he hoped the Taliban would learn from Bin Laden's fate.
September 20, 2011 |
President Obama and Afghan President Hamid Karzai pledged Tuesday that the assassination of the head of the Afghanistan High Peace Council would not stop them from working toward a peaceful resolution to conflict in that country. But the death of former Afghan President Burhanuddin Rabbani cast a dark shadow over the talks in New York, where Obama and Karzai were meeting for the first time since the U.S. announced its schedule for withdrawing military troops from Afghanistan. The meeting took place in the aftermath of what is believed to be a suicide attack on Rabbani, who had been working to negotiate an end to the ongoing war with the Taliban.
June 20, 2004
Re "Karzai Applauds Washington, Where the Feeling Is Mutual," June 16: While meeting Afghan President Hamid Karzai, President Bush stated that Afghanistan was "the first victory in the war on terrorism." Prior to this remark, 11 Chinese and three foreign aid workers were killed in Afghanistan (June 13). Aid workers live in fear, and on June 16, a roadside car bomb killed four more people. NATO is worried about security, though already postponed elections are still possible. Bush's victory statement is just another deception he hands the American people.
November 15, 2009
The United States is limiting its goals in Afghanistan and demanding better accountability from that country's underperforming leader, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton said Sunday, and she tied additional U.S. civilian help to results from the government in Kabul. Clinton, an influential voice in deliberations about whether to add large numbers of U.S. troops to an unpopular eight-year war, said Afghan President Hamid Karzai could do more to reduce corruption and go after those who may have looted U.S. aid in the past.
May 6, 2010 |
The U.S.-Afghan military operation in Marja succeeded in securing the town, but American officials said Thursday that steep challenges remain to improving local government functions throughout Afghanistan. Senior U.S. diplomats and military officers said developing stronger governments would require a greater number of capable Afghan officials. The assessment of the Marja operation, which began in February, came as Afghan President Hamid Karzai prepared to travel to Washington next week.
September 20, 2011 |
Former Afghan President Burhanuddin Rabbani was killed by a suicide bomber on Tuesday in his home in the capital, the latest in a series of high-profile assassinations to rock the country in recent months. Rabbani was the head of a government panel set up last year to try to begin negotiations with the Taliban, and his death was seen as a serious blow to those still-nascent efforts. The bomber, who apparently had explosives concealed in his turban, entered Rabbani's home in an upscale Kabul neighborhood on the pretext of visiting him, said Gen. Mohammed Zaher, the head of criminal investigation for the Kabul police.
February 9, 2014 |
If anyone is surprised that with each passing day Afghan President Hamid Karzai seems to veer more sharply away from the U.S. and toward the Taliban, it might be time to remember some history. Karzai himself was once asked to become a high-ranking member of the Taliban government. His every word and deed of late seems designed to appeal to the Taliban leadership and its backers in Pakistan, and to fracture the partnership between Afghanistan and the American people. In one recent display, he held a news conference for Afghan villagers who claimed U.S. bombing had killed a dozen neighbors on Jan. 15. They identified mourners in a photograph purportedly taken at a funeral the next day, Jan. 16. But it turned out the photo was from four years back.
May 6, 2009
It is a truism that you don't get to pick your enemies, but in global politics it is often true that you don't get to pick your friends either. That's the situation President Obama finds himself in today and Thursday as he meets in Washington with the weak and not terribly popular presidents of Afghanistan and Pakistan. His challenge is to build confidence and forge a common counter- insurgency strategy with these U.S. allies who do not trust each other or, necessarily, Obama.