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April 15, 2010 | By Julian E. Barnes
The Pentagon has increased its use of the military's most elite special operations teams in Afghanistan, more than doubling the number of the highly trained teams assigned to hunt down Taliban leaders, according to senior officials. The secretive buildup reflects the view of the Obama administration and senior military leaders that the U.S. has only a limited amount of time to degrade the capabilities of the Taliban. U.S. forces are in the midst of an overall increase that will add 30,000 troops this year and plan to begin reducing the force in mid-2011.
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.
July 27, 2008 | Mubashir Zaidi and Laura King, Special to The Times
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.
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.
March 14, 2010 | By Jeffrey Fleishman
Afghan President Hamid Karzai agreed Saturday to allow foreign observers to sit on an election commission, reversing a decree that sidestepped international oversight and drew U.S. criticism that he was jeopardizing his government's credibility. Karzai's decision followed weeks of pressure from the international community to improve the legitimacy of elections. The president's reelection in August was widely regarded as fraudulent, and his recent decision to do away with foreign monitors further agitated the United Nations.
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