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Entirely Predictable: The U.S. Is Leaving Afghanistan Worse Off Than Before

Washington—now quietly withdrawing most American troops—has long backed only corrupt and criminal elements in the war-ravaged country.

Posted on Nov 6, 2014 READ MORE



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Did a Karzai No-Show Spoil Obama’s Announcement of End of Afghanistan War?

President Obama made a surprise trip to Afghanistan on Monday for Memorial Day.

Posted on May 27, 2014 READ MORE



Abdullah Strengthens Lead in Afghan Presidential Race to 11 Points, Officials Say

Former Foreign Minister Abdullah Abdullah is leading Ashraf Ghani in Afghanistan’s presidential election by 11 percentage points after half of the ballots were counted.

Posted on Apr 20, 2014 READ MORE



Karzai Condemns Airstrike Over ‘Civilian Casualties’

Afghan President Hamid Karzai on Tuesday condemned a U.S. airstrike in an eastern border province that allegedly killed a woman and two of her children.

Posted on Apr 15, 2014 READ MORE



Obama Counters Karzai With Troop Withdrawal Move in Security Pact Standoff

President Obama put the squeeze on Afghan President Hamid Karzai on Tuesday, attempting to break down Karzai’s resistance to signing a new security agreement by suggesting in a phone call that all remaining U.S. troops may leave Afghanistan by year-end if the stalemate persists. 

Posted on Feb 25, 2014 READ MORE



Raymond Bryson (CC BY 2.0)

A World Where No One Listens to the Planet’s Sole Superpower

Ever fewer countries, allies, or enemies, are paying attention, much less kowtowing, to the once-formidable power of the world’s last superpower. The list of defiant figures—from Egyptian generals to Saudi princes, Iraqi Shiite leaders to Israeli politicians—is lengthening.

Posted on Sep 30, 2013 READ MORE



AP/Rahmat Gul

A Gun Battle at Karzai’s Palace

Reports say four insurgents and three security guards died during an attack Tuesday by the Taliban near the presidential palace in Kabul, Afghanistan.

Posted on Jun 25, 2013 READ MORE



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U.S.-Taliban Peace Talks Suspended

Peace talks scheduled to begin Thursday between the United States and the Taliban faltered after the Afghan government complained that the Islamist political group’s newly opened Qatar office would be treated as a government-in-exile.

Posted on Jun 20, 2013 READ MORE



U.S. Marine Corps/Staff Sgt. Ezekiel R. Kitandwe

U.S. and Taliban Announce Direct Negotiations

After more than 11 years of war in Afghanistan, a country known as “the graveyard of empires” for its inability to be conquered and held, the White House announced Tuesday that it will sit down with the Taliban and try to work things out with words instead of bombs.

Posted on Jun 18, 2013 READ MORE


Hamid Karzai Meets Chuck Hagel

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Posted on Mar 14, 2013 READ MORE


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Wikimedia Commons / The White House

Karzai Accuses Taliban of Serving U.S. Interests, Slams (Nonexistent) U.S.-Taliban Talks

Once again, the erratic president of Afghanistan had U.S. officials shaking their heads in disbelief after he gave a speech in which he blamed the interactions of the U.S. and the Taliban for his country’s security problems.

Posted on Mar 11, 2013 READ MORE



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Discipline, Not Democracy, for Afghanistan and Iraq

The U.S. government formally values the human right to be free from indefinite detention without charge, except in certain cases such as when the practice is useful for securing its own interests in Afghanistan and Iraq, writes Glenn Greenwald.

Posted on Nov 24, 2012 READ MORE



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Obama Visits Afghanistan Ahead of bin Laden Death Anniversary (Update: Video)

After a trip to Afghanistan cloaked in secrecy, President Barack Obama on Tuesday signed a “strategic partnership agreement” with Hamid Karzai that promises continuing U.S. support for the Afghan president’s nation.

Posted on May 1, 2012 READ MORE



AP/Musadeq Sadeq

Kabul Attacks Blamed on NATO Intelligence

Afghan President Hamid Karzai has branded the Taliban’s 18-hour siege of Kabul and places across eastern Afghanistan on Sunday an intelligence failure and called for an investigation into NATO security operations.

Posted on Apr 16, 2012 READ MORE



U.S. Air Force / Senior Airman David Carbajal

U.S. and NATO Make Afghanistan Plans Beyond 2014

Terminating the Afghanistan War and ending the global projection of American military power of which it is a part are indispensable steps to saving the nation.

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AP / Rahmat Gul

Taliban Talks Come to a Halt in Afghanistan

Pointing to “the shaky, erratic and vague standpoint of the Americans” as one key reason for their decision, Taliban leaders in Afghanistan put the kibosh on plans to meet with U.S. envoys, releasing a statement on Thursday explaining the change of plans.

Posted on Mar 15, 2012 READ MORE



White House / Pete Souza

Karzai’s Bagram Demands Add Stress to U.S. Policy

The Afghan government’s order a week ago to the United States to close its prison at Bagram Air Base near Kabul, where it holds unidentified prisoners, came as a shock to Washington.

Posted on Jan 10, 2012 READ MORE



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A Top Aide to Karzai Is Killed

Less than one week after Hamid Karzai’s half brother was shot to death, Jan Mohammad Khan, a senior adviser to the Afghan president, was killed by gunmen at his home. The Taliban claimed responsibility. (more)

Posted on Jul 17, 2011 READ MORE



AP via Washington Post

President Karzai’s Half Brother Killed in Afghanistan

Afghan President Hamid Karzai’s half brother, Ahmed Wali Karzai, was fatally shot at his home in Kandahar on Tuesday by a local police official, Sardar Mohammad, whom Karzai had included in his inner circle. The Taliban took credit for the assassination ... (more)

Posted on Jul 12, 2011 READ MORE



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The Drawdown That Wasn’t

Tom Engelhardt, a fellow at The Nation Institute and creator and editor of TomDispatch.com, takes a close accounting of President Obama’s Afghanistan speech delivered in late June, in which Americans were told that this year the U.S. would begin winding down its war in that country. (more)

Posted on Jul 2, 2011 READ MORE


Karzai
Wikimedia Commons / The White House

Karzai Plans for Transfer of Control in 7 Regions

Come July, foreign forces will begin withdrawing from Afghanistan, coinciding with President Hamid Karzai’s plan to begin returning seven regions of his country back to local control.

Posted on Mar 22, 2011 READ MORE



AP / Pablo Martinez Monsivais

Afghanistan MIA From Deficit Debate

While Republicans race to cut spending, including outlays for education, health care and social services, they never mention one of the real reasons for the deficit: the cost of the war in Afghanistan and the mess we’ve made in Iraq.

Posted on Mar 15, 2011 READ MORE



AP / Sebastian Scheiner

Obama’s 2010 Successes and Failures in the Middle East

As the decade draws to a close, it is clear that the bright hopes inspired by Obama’s 2009 Cairo speech have markedly faded, and the disappointments have outweighed achievements in the most important arena for contemporary American foreign policy.

Posted on Dec 21, 2010 READ MORE



U.S. Marine Corps / Chief Warrant Officer 3 Philippe E. Chasse

Pentagon Calls 2014 Afghanistan Withdrawal ‘Aspirational’

Hamid Karzai and NATO would like Afghan forces to take over the country’s security by 2014, a goal Pentagon spokesman Geoff Morrell calls “aspirational,” as in “There may very well be the need for forces to remain in-country ... ” (more jibber-jabber after the jump)

Posted on Nov 19, 2010 READ MORE



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Petraeus, Clinton Criticize Karzai’s Criticism of Strategy

Hamid Karzai is acting up. The Afghan president, who rankled top U.S. brass earlier this year with hints at split loyalties, has again come out with some fightin’ words against the American war effort in his country.

Posted on Nov 15, 2010 READ MORE



AP / Rodrigo Abd

The High Price of Patriotism

It’s over for the U.S. in Afghanistan, but that doesn’t mean the death and destruction are about to stop. Quagmires don’t just go away. However, the signs are everywhere that the American course in that nation is doomed.

Posted on Oct 27, 2010 READ MORE


Karzai
Wikimedia Commons / The White House

Karzai Admits to Taking Cash From Iran

On Sunday, The New York Times reported that Afghan President Hamid Karzai’s administration had been secretly accepting millions of dollars in cash from the Iranian government. Sketchy! And on Monday, Karzai owned up to his part in the clandestine funding program ... (continued)

Posted on Oct 25, 2010 READ MORE



AP / Carolyn Kaster, pool

U.S. Exploring Talks with Taliban in Afghanistan

Nothing is certain on this front yet, but the U.S. is reportedly considering opening up some channels of communication to the Taliban in Afghanistan, and between the Taliban and the Afghan government, in the interest of long-term peace goals.

Posted on Oct 14, 2010 READ MORE


Karzai to Take His Talents to Minneapolis

In a three-way swap that may be unprecedented in U.S. history, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is set to become vice president of the United States, Vice President Joe Biden will become president of Afghanistan and Afghan President Hamid Karzai will be traded to the Minnesota Vikings.

Posted on Oct 10, 2010 READ MORE



U.S. Air Force / Staff Sgt. Bradley Lail

Karzai Regime in Contact With Taliban

The Afghan government claims to have had contact with the Taliban, though the insurgent group denies this. The White House signaled its support, but said such contact, which the Washington Post reports is at the “secret, high-level talks” stage, “has to be done by the Afghans.”

Posted on Oct 6, 2010 READ MORE



AP / Gemunu Amarasinghe

Surprise: Fraud Alleged in Afghan Elections

On Monday, just two days after the parliamentary elections in Afghanistan, reports that the polling process was corrupted by incidents of voting fraud had sparked an investigation, according to the Los Angeles Times.

Posted on Sep 20, 2010 READ MORE


A ‘Framework’ Seriously Bent

Just how corrupt is the U.S.-backed government in Afghanistan? It should be clear by now that President Hamid Karzai doesn’t want us to know.

Posted on Sep 9, 2010 READ MORE



Photo illustration based on image from Wikimedia Commons / Vardion

Afghan Officials Say 10 Election Workers Killed in Airstrike

Were they election campaign workers peacefully going about their business in a convoy in northern Afghanistan, or were some 10 people reported killed Thursday in a NATO-led airstrike actually insurgents? In this case, both versions are being claimed as fact.

Posted on Sep 2, 2010 READ MORE


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Flickr / U.S. Army

Afghans Plan for Security Takeover By 2014

It’s been a long while since Afghans have had anything resembling autonomy when it comes to protecting their own interests, not to mention their own people. Well, it’s going to be a while longer, too, but on Tuesday ... (continued)

Posted on Jul 20, 2010 READ MORE



U.S. Army / Staff Sgt. Susan Wilt

Congress Tires of Lining Karzai’s Pockets

The House has decided not to approve some $4 billion in aid to Afghanistan after The Wall Street Journal reported that the country’s notoriously corrupt government has secretly flown billions of dollars in U.S. aid and drug money to “safe havens abroad.”

Posted on Jul 1, 2010 READ MORE


McChrystal
U.S. Army / Staff Sgt. Thomas Dow

General Discharge

Rolling Stone’s definitive piece on the “Runaway General” establishes the man in charge of the Afghanistan misadventure as an egotistical flake whose half-baked Afghan war-fighting strategy should never have been endorsed in the first place.

Posted on Jun 22, 2010 READ MORE


soldier in Afghanistan
Flickr / U.S. Army

Still Waiting for Answers About Afghanistan

After last week’s two-day congressional hearing on the Afghanistan war, I have two questions: One, why did Gen. David Petraeus faint under questioning? Two, why are we still in Afghanistan?

Posted on Jun 20, 2010 READ MORE


Karzai and Clinton
AP / Carolyn Kaster

Team Obama Handles Karzai With Kid Gloves

Relations between the U.S. and Afghan administrations have been less than cozy in recent months, but President Obama’s crew, headed by Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, attempted to warm things up this week by giving visiting President Hamid Karzai the royal treatment in Washington.

Posted on May 13, 2010 READ MORE


Hamid Karzai
DoD / Cherie Cullen

Report: Karzai Set Taliban Leader Free

A professional kidnapper and Taliban commander was released from an Afghan prison 10 years early and may have won a hush-hush pardon from Afghan President Hamid Karzai, the BBC reports. Karzai’s people say the president “could not recall the matter.”

Posted on Apr 8, 2010 READ MORE


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youtube.com

Karzai’s Rep Says Afghan President Never Threatened to Join Taliban

So, about that whole joining-the-Taliban quip that Afghanistan’s President Hamid Karzai supposedly made last weekend? Didn’t happen, according to Karzai spokesman Waheed Omar, who had apparently shifted into backpedaling mode on Wednesday.

Posted on Apr 7, 2010 READ MORE



White House / Pete Souza

As Iraq Threatens to Come Apart, U.S. Problems in Afghanistan Mount

Washington once again finds itself dangerously entangled with the hostile policies, nationalistic interests and supporters, and personal ambitions of a foreign figure whom it counted on to serve American interests.

Posted on Apr 6, 2010 READ MORE



Wink-Wink, Nudge-Nudge: Karzai’s Alleged Drug Problem

Peter Galbraith, the former U.N. envoy who claims he was fired for trying to confront the election fraud in Afghanistan, says of Hamid Karzai: “In fact, some of the palace insiders say that he has a certain fondness for some of Afghanistan’s most profitable exports.” (video after the jump)

Posted on Apr 6, 2010 READ MORE


Karzai
Wikimedia Commons / The White House

Gibbs: Team Obama ‘Frustrated’ With Karzai’s Remarks

Relations between the U.S. and Afghanistan were further strained over the weekend after the White House caught wind of Afghan President Hamid Karzai’s musings that he might join the Taliban as a reaction to pressure from the West to make some changes in his country.

Posted on Apr 5, 2010 READ MORE


Karzai
bbc.co.uk

Karzai Blames U.N. for Election Fraud

Although Afghan President Hamid Karzai acknowledged Thursday that last year’s presidential election had been greatly hindered by fraud, his assessment as to the source of the problem came as a surprise to the president’s main target.

Posted on Apr 1, 2010 READ MORE


Karzai
Wikimedia Commons / The White House

Karzai Weighs a Draft

Afghan President Hamid Karzai has tepidly announced he is pondering introducing conscription in order to build a domestic army and police force capable of taking over security operations from NATO troops in his war-torn country.

Posted on Feb 7, 2010 READ MORE


A Duped President’s Wasted Foreign Policy Year

President Obama’s failures in Israel and elsewhere abroad have astonished the international public and left in despair those Americans who can scarcely believe that a whole year has been irresponsibly wasted.

Posted on Jan 26, 2010 READ MORE


McChrystal
Wikimedia Commons / U.S. Army Sgt. David Alvarado

McChrystal Discusses Afghanistan Plan

America’s top brass in Afghanistan, Gen. Stanley McChrystal, sat down for a talk with the Financial Times last week about his strategy in the South Asian nation, how long he thinks U.S. troops will remain there and the possibility of the Taliban’s participation in the Afghan government.

Posted on Jan 25, 2010 READ MORE


Karzai
Wikimedia Commons / The White House

Karzai’s Cabinet Woes Continue

It looks as if Afghan President Hamid Karzai’s Cabinet strategy is still in desperate need of repair. The majority of his nominees have once again been rejected by the parliament, casting doubt on his ability to lead in the country’s fractious political environment.

Posted on Jan 16, 2010 READ MORE


Eide
Wikimedia Commons / Bjoertvedt

U.N. Envoy ‘Worried’ About Afghanistan

His term as the United Nations’ official envoy to Afghanistan is up in March, and in his last address to the world body Kai Eide didn’t sound especially optimistic about the state of the country. In fact, Eide said Wednesday, if certain “negative trends” he sees at work “are not reversed,” the situation in Afghanistan could “become unmanageable.”

Posted on Jan 6, 2010 READ MORE


Karzai
Wikimedia Commons / The White House

Karzai: Afghan Schoolchildren Killed in Military Operation

Afghan President Hamid Karzai’s office released a statement in which he said he “strongly condemns” a military operation involving “international forces”—one in a series that reportedly occurred over the weekend—in which at least eight Afghan schoolchildren were said to be among the civilian casualties.

Posted on Dec 28, 2009 READ MORE


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