July 17, 2010 |
The sunbaked, shell-pocked ruins of west Kabul stand as silent testament to what happened the last time Afghanistan splintered along ethnic lines. The country's disastrous civil war in the early 1990s — a conflict that killed at least 100,000 people and helped set the stage for the Taliban's rise to power — reduced whole swaths of the capital to rubble, leaving scars on the landscape that reconstruction efforts have yet to erase....
November 29, 2010 |
The Afghan government said Monday that the publication of secret diplomatic cables that disparaged President Hamid Karzai and his half-brother Ahmed Wali Karzai was "unfortunate" but that it did not expect relations with Washington to be affected. The muted reaction might have been due to the fact that U.S. criticisms of the Afghan president's leadership, and officials' depictions of Ahmed Wali Karzai as extremely corrupt, already had been widely reported. The younger Karzai is the chairman of Kandahar's provincial council and is considered the main powerbroker in the key southern province.
March 11, 2011 |
NATO troops shot and killed a relative of President Hamid Karzai in a nighttime raid in the Afghan leader's home province of Kandahar, family members said Thursday. The incident is expected to exacerbate strained relations between Karzai and the Western military over civilian casualties. Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates this week offered a personal apology for the deaths l of nine boys in a helicopter strike by U.S. forces ast week. Karzai had earlier rejected an apology from U.S. Gen. David H. Petraeus, the top Western commander in Afghanistan, as insufficient.
October 24, 2011 |
Parsing statements by President Hamid Karzai has become something of a parlor game in the Afghan capital. The Afghan leader's office sought Monday to distance him from his controversial remarks in a weekend television interview, in which he asserted that Afghanistan would side with Pakistan in a hypothetical war against the United States. The presidential palace said Karzai's comments to Pakistan's Geo TV, aired Saturday, had been misinterpreted. The remarks came toward the end of a lengthy interview conducted in English and Urdu, in which the Afghan leader repeatedly urged Pakistan to move against Islamic militants who take refuge on its soil, according to a transcript released by Karzai's office.
April 2, 2010 |
President Hamid Karzai on Thursday lashed out at American and European officials, saying they bore responsibility for fraud in last summer's presidential election, fraud his supporters were accused of engineering. Karzai's angry rhetoric marked a sharp escalation of tension over parliamentary elections that are scheduled to take place in September. The vote is seen as yet another test of Afghanistan's struggling democracy, and for the U.S.-dominated military coalition that supports the Afghan government.
September 17, 2009 |
Abdullah Abdullah is waiting. As is much of Afghanistan. With the nation approaching the one-month mark since its Aug. 20 presidential election there are growing concerns at home and abroad that the delay in results and allegations of fraud could increase political instability. But the former foreign minister, who earned the second-largest number of votes, hasn't been sitting on his hands. These days, he spends much of his time trying to focus attention on the perceived irregularities and slamming the record of his political rival, incumbent President Hamid Karzai.
August 23, 2008 |
U.S.-led troops attacked a compound where Taliban leaders were meeting and killed 30 militants, American and Afghan military officials said, but the Interior Ministry said a large number of civilians died in the air attacks in the western province of Herat. The coalition was striking back against insurgents opposed to the Western-backed government of President Hamid Karzai who have stepped up attacks on foreign and Afghan troops.
April 7, 2009 |
German Chancellor Angela Merkel pressed Afghanistan's president to review carefully a new law that critics say legalizes marital rape, a spokesman said. Merkel was on a surprise visit to northern Afghanistan to meet German troops and view rebuilding efforts. The spokesman said she had spoken by telephone with President Hamid Karzai on Sunday. During that conversation, Merkel "appealed urgently" to Karzai to review "very carefully" the much-criticized new law, which says husbands have the right to sex every fourth night unless the wife is ill.