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Obama Back Home After Surprise Visit To Afghanistan

Washington (AFP) – President Barack Obama was back in Washington on Monday after a lightning 32-hour trip to Afghanistan to visit U.S. troops. Monday is Memorial Day in the United States, the day when military war dead are remembered and military personnel and veterans are honored. The president is scheduled to host a White House […]

May 26, 2014

Afghan Election Concludes: Little Violence, Lots Of Votes To Count

By Shashank Bengali, Los Angeles Times MAIDAN SHAHR, Afghanistan—Afghanistan passed the first major test of the impending post-American era on Saturday with an election that featured a robust turnout, minimal violence and few glaring reports of cheating as voters began the process of selecting a successor to 13-year President Hamid Karzai. Next comes the counting of […]

April 7, 2014

Afghan Election Concludes: Little Violence, Lots Of Votes To Count

By Shashank Bengali, Los Angeles Times MAIDAN SHAHR, Afghanistan — Afghanistan passed the first major test of the impending post-American era on Saturday with an election that featured a robust turnout, minimal violence and few glaring reports of cheating as voters began the process of selecting a successor to 13-year President Hamid Karzai. Next comes the […]

April 6, 2014

Afghans Free 65 Prisoners Deemed Dangerous By U.S.

By Shashank Bengali and Hashmat Baktash, Los Angeles Times KABUL, Afghanistan — Over strident U.S. objections, Afghanistan on Thursday released 65 prisoners whom it said it could not prosecute despite American warnings that they could return to attacking coalition forces and civilians. The U.S. military had expected the move and denounced it in a series of […]

February 13, 2014

Hagel Warns Against Stalling On Post-2014 Afghan Accord

Warsaw (AFP) – U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel on Thursday said the Afghan president’s foot-dragging on a crucial bilateral security agreement risked leaving Washington no time to plan its post-combat mission. “You can’t just keep deferring and deferring because at some point the realities of planning and budgeting collide,” the Pentagon chief told reporters aboard […]

January 30, 2014

Afghan President’s Drug-Dealing Brother Assassinated

KANDAHAR, Afghanistan (AP) — President Hamid Karzai’s half brother, the most powerful man in southern Afghanistan and a lightning rod for criticism of corruption in the government, was assassinated Tuesday by a close associate. His death leaves a dangerous power vacuum in the south just as the government has begun peace talks with insurgents ahead […]

July 12, 2011