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Op-Ed: Joint US Afghan raid in Helmand province kills 22 civilians

Both Afghan officials and local residents claim that 22 civilians mostly women and children were killed in a joint U.S., Afghan operation carried out in the southern province of Helmand.

Op-Ed: Thousands of private contractors will remain in Afghanistan

Kabul - Obama has announced that he will retain at least 9,800 US troops in Afghanistan until 2016. However, he did not mention that there will also be a huge force of private contractors that will outnumber the remaining US troops.

Op-Ed: U.S. angered by Afghan report on bombings that killed civilians

Kabul - The Karzai government just released a report that gives in detail its on the spot findings about U.S. air strikes in Parwan on January 15 that the report claims killed at least 12 civilians and possibly as many as 17.

Karzai miffed as US marines shoot and kill child

Kabul - Karzai has long objected to civilian casualties in US raids. He has insisted they stop along with other demands before he will sign the long-term Bilateral Security Agreement recently agreed to and approved by parliament and a meeting of elders.

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.

Op-Ed: Afghan Loya Jirga approves bilateral security pact with US

The Loya Jirga or Afghanistan Grand Council requested that the Afghan President Hamid Karzai sign the bilateral security agreement with the US by the end of this year.

Op-Ed: Afghan parliament gets to vote on BSA but not US Congress

Kabul - The US is anxious that the Bilateral Security Pact with Afghanistan be signed by the end of the year. However,Afghan President Hamid Karzai on Thursday (Nov. 21) said that it should wait to be signed after elections for president next year.

Op-Ed: Karzai says US Afghan security agreement signing to be deferred

Kabul - After caving in on every issue, Afghan president Hamid Karzai has resorted to a display of pique, no doubt to restore some political credibility.

Op-Ed: Hagel seeks agreement to keep troops in Afghanistan post 2014

Kabul - US Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel said that he hoped that an agreement on the future of US troops in Afghanistan would be finalized by November in spite of the fact that Afghan President Hamid Karzai says he is in no hurry to complete the deal.

Talks on US presence in Afghanistan after 2014 stalled

Kabul - The talks between the US and Afghanistan on a long-term agreement governing the US continued troop presence in the country were suspended last month by Karzai.

Senior US and Afghan officials negotiate details of earlier deal

Kabul - Senior US and Afghan officials are holding talks to work out details of an agreement signed a year ago that sets out the relationships between Afghanistan and the US between 2014 and 2024.

Op-Ed: Immunity demanded before US and NATO stay in Afghanistan

Kabul - NATO Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen claimed that neither the US nor NATO troops would remain in Afghanistan after 2014 unless the Karzai government agrees to grant immunity to their troops from Afghan law.

Op-Ed: Afghan president Karzai orders US troops out of Wardak province

Kabul - Afghan President Hamid Karzai has ordered US troops to withdraw from Wardak Province within two weeks. He accused US Special Forces in the province of producing "instability and insecurity".

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