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May 2, 2011 | By Alexandra Zavis, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
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.
August 6, 2011 | By Laura King, Ken Dilanian and David S. Cloud, Los Angeles Times
Their name conjures up the most celebrated moment of America's post-Sept. 11 military campaigns. Now the Navy SEALs belong to a grimmer chapter in history: the most deadly incident for U.S. forces in the 10-year Afghanistan war. Three months after they killed Al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden in neighboring Pakistan and cemented their place in military legend, the SEALs suffered a devastating loss when nearly two dozen of the elite troops were among...
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.
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.
September 20, 2011 | By Christi Parsons
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.
September 20, 2011 | By Laura King, Los Angeles Times
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.
December 2, 2009
Pakistanis do not doubt that President Obama's troop buildup will give U.S. and allied forces more wherewithal to uproot Taliban militants from their strongholds in Afghanistan. What worries them is that the strategy will push Afghan Taliban over the porous border and bolster the ranks of brethren militants in Pakistan's tribal areas, security experts say. Pakistanis remain skeptical that Obama's new blueprint for winning the war in Afghanistan will pacify their volatile, unstable neighbor to the west.
April 10, 2010 | By Christi Parsons and Julian E. Barnes
In an attempt to smooth over a stretch of rough relations, President Obama has sent a letter to Afghan President Hamid Karzai this week expressing support for their partnership and confirming plans to meet with him in Washington in May, a senior administration official said Friday. The overture represented a sharp departure from the administration's recent treatment of Karzai. The White House within the last week called complaints by Karzai about the United States "troubling" and said his planned trip in May could be canceled.
December 19, 2009 | By Laura King
Afghan President Hamid Karzai is poised to unveil a new Cabinet that retains a number of respected ministers with the West's stamp of approval but also at least one notorious former warlord, aides disclosed Friday. Karzai's ministerial lineup, which could be announced as soon as today, is being closely watched by the United States and its Western allies as an indicator of whether he is serious about cracking down, as promised, on rampant corruption in his government. Corruption is many Afghans' chief grievance against their leaders, pervading nearly all aspects of daily life.
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