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August 18, 2010 | By Laura King and Paul Richter, Los Angeles Times
The Obama administration on Tuesday delivered what might be its toughest warning yet to President Hamid Karzai over corruption in his government through a messenger who in the past has managed to forge a rapport with the mercurial Afghan leader in times of tension. Sen. John F. Kerry (D-Mass.), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, flew in for a one-day visit to the Afghan capital that included two sessions with Karzai, whose relations with the United States have plunged to a low not seen since last summer's fraud-riddled presidential election.
March 11, 2011 | By Laura King, Los Angeles Times
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.
November 29, 2010 | By Laura King, Los Angeles Times
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.
October 24, 2011 | By Laura King, Los Angeles Times
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 | By Laura King
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 | Mark Magnier
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 | From Times Wire Reports
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.
March 30, 2014 | By Ronald Neumann and Michael O'Hanlon
Negative early headlines about Afghanistan's April 5 presidential election are easy to imagine. Some candidates are already trying to foster a simplified view among Westerners that they can fail to make the likely second-round runoff only if there is fraud. This is a deliberate attempt to provoke U.S. interference, whatever the facts. A peaceful transition of power to a new president broadly accepted as legitimate by the Afghan people is essential for several reasons: to secure future Afghan stability; to maintain support for Afghanistan in the U.S. Congress; and, above all, to achieve a key strategic goal - that the nation does not again become a base for terrorism against the United States.
April 7, 2009 | Times Wire Reports
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.
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