November 19, 2013 |
KABUL, Afghanistan - In a telephone conversation Tuesday, Secretary of State John F. Kerry and Afghan President Hamid Karzai agreed that Kerry would request a letter from President Obama acknowledging the suffering of Afghan civilians caused by U.S. military raids on Afghan homes in recent years, according to Karzai's spokesman. Kerry agreed to take the proposal to Obama as a way to break an impasse that is holding up the signing of a bilateral security agreement that would define the U.S.-Afghan partnership after international combat forces leave Afghanistan at the end of 2014, the spokesman said.
November 18, 2013 |
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 traditional tribal gathering to discuss a security deal with the United States. A loya jirga , or grand council, opens here Thursday and is likely to paralyze the Afghan capital for five days as about 2,700 delegates from around the country gather to eat, drink and argue inside a tent protected by tight security.
November 13, 2013 |
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. The contractor, which had been blacklisted by the U.S. Central Command in September 2012, was allowed inside the American-run prison next to Bagram Air Field for two days two months later, according to the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan reconstruction.
November 13, 2013 |
KABUL, Afghanistan - In a harsh indictment of the Western-funded drug eradication effort in Afghanistan, the United Nations on Wednesday reported an increase of nearly 50% in the 2013 opium harvest, with land used for cultivation reaching an all-time high. The annual survey underscored the growing threat in the world's largest opium-producing nation. The unchecked spread of opium cultivation has brought widespread corruption, political instability and enormous profits for the Taliban insurgency, which controls Afghanistan's primary poppy-growing provinces.
October 30, 2013 |
KABUL, Afghanistan -- Afghanistan will send a delegation to Pakistan soon in an attempt to open channels with the Taliban toward a peace deal, officials said Wednesday. Afghan President Hamid Karzai said in a statement that he and Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif agreed to the initiative in London this week as part of a three-way conclave with British Prime Minister David Cameron aimed at bolstering stability in the volatile South Asia region. Afghanistan's High Peace Council, a group formed by Karzai in 2010 to pursue a political settlement with the Taliban, will send a delegation to meet with former deputy Taliban leader Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar, the president's office said.
October 29, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - An independent watchdog agency warned Congress on Tuesday that the American military withdrawal from Afghanistan would hinder efforts to monitor dozens of U.S.-financed reconstruction projects, including a hydroelectric dam and health clinics, that cost billions of dollars. U.S. civilian oversight personnel will be able to visit only one-fifth of Afghanistan after the scheduled departure of most American troops by the end of 2014, John F. Sopko, the special inspector general for Afghanistan reconstruction, told a House oversight committee.
October 24, 2013 |
In 2007, Congress created the Special Immigrant Visa program to help Iraqis and Afghans who had risked their lives to work for the American government during the wars in their countries. Thousands of former interpreters, drivers and other contractors applied, many of them worried about reprisals from fellow citizens and confident that the United States would help them begin a new life in America. More than five years after the program began, however, less than half of the visas set aside for the program - 5,000 annually for the last five years, plus more for family members - have been issued.
October 6, 2013 |
KABUL, Afghanistan - Four international troops were killed by a bomb early Sunday in southern Afghanistan, officials said, the latest deaths in the 12-year war. Javid Faisal, a spokesman for the governor of southern Kandahar province, said the deaths occurred when a NATO patrol was on foot as part of a joint operation with the Afghan army and a bomb detonated in the Zhari district around 3 a.m. NATO didn't release the nationalities in line with...
October 4, 2013 |
KABUL, Afghanistan -- In a victory that brought cheer to this war-torn nation, Afghanistan on Friday beat Kenya in a one-day international cricket match to advance to the World Cup for the first time in its troubled history. Unfortunately, most of its fans couldn't enjoy the sweet taste of success in person as their team beat Kenya by an emphatic seven wickets, reaching its target of 94 with 175 balls remaining. Afghanistan can't play at home because of the security situation, and its stands at the United Arab Emirates stadium were largely empty.
September 26, 2013 |
KABUL, Afghanistan -- A U.S. service member was killed Thursday in Afghanistan's eastern Paktia province when a man in an Afghan National Army uniform opened fire at a joint military training base, provincial officials said. The assailant was killed in return fire by North Atlantic Treaty Organization forces, said Rohullah Samoon, a spokesman for Paktia's governor. “It's too early to say whether the Afghan soldier was a Taliban infiltrator,” Samoon said, adding that a joint investigation by Afghan and coalition forces was underway into the incident in Paktia's Gerda Seri district.