December 15, 2001
Afghanistan could become a canvas for the more benevolent intentions of prosperous, civilized nations. If the right amounts of resources and attention are devoted to its prosperity, Afghanistan (its condition arguably sustained by the long Cold War between two powerful, belligerent nations) could receive the benefit of the competence that those democratic, free-market societies often presuppose. The work could be done transparently, delicately, in full view of those communities and nations that have been questioning democratic, free-market competence.
April 3, 1986 |
More than 100 civilians were killed or wounded by shelling from Pakistan into the eastern Afghan province of Paktia during a 12-day period last month, Afghanistan's official Kabul radio said Wednesday night. The radio, monitored in Islamabad, quoted a protest note from the Afghan Foreign Ministry as saying the shelling by Pakistani artillery and Pakistan-based Afghan rebels took place from March 11 to 23. Pakistan, meanwhile, accused Afghanistan of shelling a Pakistani border area on March 30.
February 11, 2009 |
The Obama administration plans to complete its overhaul of U.S. policy on Afghanistan and Pakistan by April, before a crucial NATO summit, the White House said Tuesday in announcing the new head of its review. Before the reassessment is complete, President Obama is likely to decide on the details of a U.S. troop increase in Afghanistan, Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates said.
January 24, 2009 |
President Obama's decision to close the much-reviled detention center at Guantanamo Bay has drawn uneasy attention, both in Pakistan and in Afghanistan, to government entanglement in the Bush administration's harsh treatment of terrorism suspects. Obama's executive orders to shutter Guantanamo and conduct a sweeping review of U.S. detention and interrogation practices were welcomed Friday by leaders in Islamabad and Kabul, as well as rights groups and former detainees.
June 6, 2011 |
President Obama and his senior national security advisors convened Monday to discuss Afghanistan and Pakistan, as the administration wrestles with questions about strategy in the region and what role American troops should play there. The president's full national security team went into the White House Situation Room to discuss what progress the allies have made in fighting insurgents after a recent Pentagon report attributed successes on the battlefield to the 30,000 additional troops Obama sent to the war. But the optimism is countered by reports from U.S. officials in the region who predict a renewed commitment to attacks by the Taliban and other insurgency groups, and by recent complaints from Afghan President Hamid Karzai about civilian deaths in airstrikes.
March 28, 2009 |
On the day that a suicide bomber killed dozens of Pakistanis, President Obama on Friday announced a new plan to commit thousands more American troops to Afghanistan and provide more aid to Pakistan in a bid to quell a resurgence by Al Qaeda and the Taliban. Obama, who called Pakistan's western border region "the most dangerous place in the world," evoked images of the Sept. 11 attacks in describing the urgent need to initiate a new strategy. His plan includes increasing by $1.
December 17, 2010 |
A review of President Obama's war strategy cites progress in Afghanistan and Pakistan, but leaves unanswered questions that have plagued the U.S. effort since he dispatched additional troops a year ago. The review unveiled by the president and his top advisors at the White House on Thursday sheds little new light on major questions such as how soon Afghan forces will be able assume more responsibility for security, and whether international troops...
December 20, 1985 |
The latest round of diplomatic talks on the Afghanistan war deadlocked Thursday, but U.N. mediator Diego Cordovez said both sides are considering his secret proposal to break the impasse. The disclosure by Cordovez, an Ecuadorean who is a deputy undersecretary general of the United Nations, suggested that the next few weeks will test whether the Soviet Union has actually decided that the time has come to pull its more than 110,000 troops out of Afghanistan. U.S.
May 13, 2011 |
With a high-profile political visit and a promise of more aid, India moved Thursday to cement its ties with the government of Afghan President Hamid Karzai — overtures that are all but certain to raise hackles in Pakistan, which has long sought to limit Indian influence here. At a time when the regional balance of power has been roiled by the killing of Osama bin Laden in his Pakistani hideaway by U.S. forces, India's visiting Prime Minister Manmohan Singh also lent support to the Karzai government's efforts to strike a peace deal with the Taliban, the Islamist movement that Pakistan helped create and nurture.
December 1, 2009 |
OUR MISSION: The President's speech reaffirms the March 2009 core goal: to disrupt, dismantle, and eventually defeat al Qaeda and to prevent their return to either Afghanistan or Pakistan. To do so, we and our allies will surge our forces, targeting elements of the insurgency and securing key population centers, training Afghan forces, transferring responsibility to a capable Afghan partner, and increasing our partnership with Pakistanis who are facing the same threats. This region is the heart of the global violent extremism pursued by al Qaeda, and the region from which we were attacked on 9/11.