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Mixed legacy for Afghanistan after Karzai departure

Kabul - Former Afghan president Hamid Karzai may have brought development and relative stability to major cities, but an insurgency-wracked countryside and sky-high corruption levels mean that for many ordinary citizens he leaves behind a mixed legacy.

Afghan President Karzai eyes active 'retirement'

Kabul - When outgoing Afghan leader Hamid Karzai moves out of the presidential palace post-elections to take up residence next door, he will be relinquishing power but not influence, as he seeks an active public role in his "retirement" years.

Karzai tells US to 'stop harassing' Afghanistan

Ankara - Afghan President Hamid Karzai on Thursday said Washington should respect his country's judicial authority after the release of 65 alleged Taliban fighters triggered US condemnation. "Afghanistan is a sovereign country.

Op-Ed: Karzai ignores US deadline to sign bilateral security agreement

Kabul - The Obama administration gave Afghan President Hamid Karzai until the end of 2013 to sign the Bilateral Security Agreement that sets the terms and conditions for US troops to remain in Afghanistan through 2024 and even beyond.

Bipartisan criticism greets Obama move to extend Afghan presence

With members of Afghanistan's grand assembly pushing for a timely signature of the bilateral security agreement with the U.S. - effectively extending the war more than 10 years out - American senators are pushing for bipartisan approval.

Afghans assume security as Taliban opens Qatar office, talks loom

Quietly, talks have gone behind the scenes aimed at providing an opportunity for the Taliban to open an office in Doha, Qatar to conduct talks aimed at peace in Afghanistan. That office opened today and the Taliban signaled a willingness to negotiate.

Kabul suicide blast kills 15, including six Americans

Kabul - A suicide car bomb has killed 15, including six Americans, four of which were civilian contractors, along with two US soldiers. The attack occurred at 8 am local time, when the streets of Kabul are busy with morning commuters.

Op-Ed: Afghanistan — Soldiers and civilians die, the US rents a warlord

Washington - As the war in Afghanistan winds down there are more questions than answers relating to the accomplishments in more than a decade of war. Politicians want a positive spin, to tout success, but recent revelations of corruption tell a different story.

Op-Ed: Pakistan's alliance with the US and the Afghanistan war

Islamabad - Afghan Security Forces, for the most part, have taken the lead in taking the fight to the Taliban. NATO provides cover with air support and financial support. A US residual force to retain influence in the region is planned after NATO withdraws in 2014.

Op-Ed: Make or break time for Afghan Security Forces

Kabul - As NATO prepares to leave Afghanistan, there is a flurry of activity, warnings and a visit by the US Chief of Joint Chiefs General Martin Dempsey to assess the type and level of training US forces could provide. It is make or break time for Afghan forces.

Op-Ed: Afghanistan — What's next? Kerry visit and Taliban peace talks

Kabul - If the timetable is followed, NATO troops will be out of Afghanistan in 21 months. The 11-year war has been costly in lives and money. In the search of declaring some sort of victory, efforts are underway for peace talks with the Taliban. What's next?

Karzai charge of US collusion with Taliban recalls 2010 US report

Afghan President Karzai's s accusation that the US was colluding with the Taliban to build the case for staying in the country longer was met with outrage from US commentators.

Afghanistan: Two US soldiers, three Afghans killed-Insider attack

Kabul - After a relatively quiet start to 2013, with one soldier killed in a non-combat situation, two US soldiers were killed today in what's referred to as a "green on blue" attack. The attacker, part of the Afghan National Police, also killed three Afghans.

Op-Ed: Karzai rebukes US — Press conference with Sec Def Hagel cancelled

Kabul - Afghan President Hamid Karzai is playing a double game of extracting funds from NATO, while rebuking the US and canceled a press conference with Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel. He accused the US and the Taliban of sowing fears for post 2014 Afghanistan.

Afghanistan: Mounting casualties and Karzai's demands

This has been a particularly violent week in Afghanistan. While only one US soldier was killed in action this week and 14 wounded, the targeting of Afghan Security Forces by insurgents is on the rise and this week nine Afghan Police members were killed.

Taliban halts talks with US, Karzai urges NATO to leave villages

Kandahar - In response to recent shootings in Afghanistan, the Taliban has halted talks with the U.S., and Afghanistan President Karzai says NATO must leave rural areas.

US soldier kills up to 16 Afghan civilians in shooting spree

Kabul - Up to 16 civilians, including nine children and three women, have been killed by a rogue American soldier in Kandahar province, Afghan and Nato sources say.

Afghan Parliament again blocks Karzai Cabinet appointees

On Saturday parliament in Afghanistan rebuked President Hamid Karzai after rejecting 10 of the 17 ministers he proposed on his try try at forming a government.

Afghan President Karzai Promises 'Accountability'

Afghan President Hamid Karzai presented his cabinet nominations to the Afghani parliament on Saturday, where all nominees must receive votes of confidence.

Op-Ed: Can Afghanistan afford a run-off election?

Predictions of the likelihood of a run-off election in Afghanistan have been floating around for the past few weeks. Can Afghanistan really afford a second round, taking into account the grave security situation?

Hamid Karzai leads in first presidential poll in Afghanistan

Afghanistan Presidential incumbent Hamid Karzai is leading in the first released poll after the election on Thursday with Abdullah Abdullah.

Op-Ed: Potential shift in US strategy if Karzai wins

Should Karzai win, the Obama administration would be facing a new challange which requires a new strategy; that is, how to deal with a future Karzai government, considering the administration's publicly expressed discontent with his current government.

Karzai claims victory in Afghanistan, so does rival

As the polling stations in Afghanistan closed both President Hamid Karzai and Dr Abdullah Abdullah are claiming to be the victor. The official answer though will not be in for quite some time.

Afghanistan officials declare election a success

Despite 26 deaths on Thursday, officials in Afghanistan say the country's presidential election was a success. But they will extend the deadline.

Former Afghan Warlords set to join the Karzai government in Kabul

The government of President Hamid Karzai is enticing former warlords to join his government. Gulbuddin Hekmetyar, the leader of the fundamentalist Hizb-e-Islami party, wants to join the Karzai government despite being a current ally of the Taliban.

Afghan President Hamid Karzai's Fortunes May Be Fading

He was once hailed at the great hope for Afghanistan. Hamid Karzai, the man known for his flowing capes and dark grey fez, sees his political fortunes crumble as the Obama Administration takes a fresh look at the situation in his country.

Karzai became a father

Afghan President Hamid Karzai became a father.

Karzai: NATO Bombs, Terrorists Kill Kids

With his lips quivering and voice breaking, a tearful President Hamid Karzai on Sunday lamented that Afghan children are being killed by NATO and U.S. bombs and by terrorists from Pakistan - a portrait of helplessness in the face of spiraling chaos.

Kabul Bomb Victims Demand Recompense From America

Kabul (dpa) - The bomb triggered an earthquake and five families were buried under the rubble of their mud huts."America must help us to rebuild our house," said Ahmed Shah who lives in a poverty-stricken district near the airport in the Afghan capital...

US Unblocks Frozen Afghan Assets

WASHINGTON (voa) - The U.S. government has authorized the release of $217 million belonging to Afghanistan's Central Bank. The assets had been frozen in the United States since 1999 to force Afghanistan's former Taleban rulers to hand over terrorist le...
 

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Afghan President Hamid Karzai speaks during a news conference in Kabul January 25  2014
Afghan President Hamid Karzai speaks during a news conference in Kabul January 25, 2014
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Presidents Karzai and Rouhani of Afghanstan and Iran salute their countries  flags during a visit by...
Presidents Karzai and Rouhani of Afghanstan and Iran salute their countries' flags during a visit by President Karzai to Tehran at which details of a new Afghanistan-Iran cooperation pact were hammered out.
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President Barack Obama talks on the phone with Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai  expressing his sh...
President Barack Obama talks on the phone with Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai, expressing his shock and sadness over the reported killing of Afghan civilians
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President Barack Obama (center) with Afghan President Karzai and Pakistan President Zardari during a...
President Barack Obama (center) with Afghan President Karzai and Pakistan President Zardari during a US-Afghan-Pakistan Trilateral meeting in Cabinet Room
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Afghan President Hamid Karzai gives a speech at the National Military Academy of Afghanistan
Afghan President Hamid Karzai gives a speech at the National Military Academy of Afghanistan
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