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Taliban sit for second day with Afghan leaders in Moscow

Feb 06, 2019 - 8:10 PM

No government official is invited, despite President Ashraf Ghani's offers to talk peace, underscoring the Taliban's hostility toward the increasingly marginalized Kabul administration

TALKS. Participants attend the opening of the two-day talks of the Taliban and Afghan opposition representatives at the President Hotel in Moscow on February 5, 2019. Photo by Yuri Kadobnov/AFP

Ghani takes oath as new Afghan president

Sep 29, 2014 - 3:59 PM

The event marks the country s first democratic transfer of power – a benchmark seen by international donors as a key legacy of the costly military and civilian intervention since the fall of the Taliban regime in 2001

SWEARING IN. Afghans watch the live tv broadcast of the swearing-in ceremony of Afghan president Ashraf Ghani in Herat, Afghanistan, 29 September 2014. Jalil Rezayee/EPA

Afghanistan to inaugurate new president as conflict rages on

Sep 28, 2014 - 4:05 PM

The ceremony will be the country s first democratic transfer of power – a benchmark seen by international donors as a key legacy of the costly military and civilian intervention since the fall of the Taliban in 2001

POWER SHARING. Afghan presidential candidates Abdullah Abdullah (L) and Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai shake hands after signing a power-sharing agreement at the Presidential Palace in Kabul on September 21, 2014. Wakil Kohsar/AFP

Afghan election in crisis as candidate pulls out of audit

Aug 27, 2014 - 2:47 PM

UPDATED The stand off between Abdullah and his poll rival Ashraf Ghani has threatened to revive ethnic violence in Afghanistan as US led NATO troops withdraw

RECOUNT. A worker of Afghan Independent Election Commission (IEC) recounts ballot in Kabul, Afghanistan, 25 August 2014. Hedayatullah Amid/EPA

Amnesty slams US over civilian deaths in Afghanistan

Aug 11, 2014 - 9:54 PM

The US military justice system almost always fails to hold its soldiers accountable for unlawful killings and other abuses Amnesty director Richard Bennett says

Ghani's Afghan election win engulfed in fraud dispute

Jul 07, 2014 - 11:43 PM

Fraud allegations immediately sparked a dispute and stoked concerns of instability after the figures showed Ghani collected 56 4 of the run off vote against ex foreign minister Abdullah s 43 5

ONE-ON-ONE. Afghan presidential candidates Ashraf Ghani (L) and Dr. Abdullah Abdullah take part in a debate at 1 TV in Kabul, Afghanistan on February 8, 2014. Photo by S. Sabawoon/EPA

Protests in Kabul over Afghan election 'fraud'

Jun 21, 2014 - 3:41 PM

Supporters of Afghan presidential candidate Abdullah Abdullah held street protests as fears grow of unrest erupting over alleged fraud in last week s runoff elections

PROTESTS. An Afghan demonstrator shouts slogans in support of presidential candidate Abdullah Abdullah in Kabul on Saturday, June 21. Photo by Shah Marai/AFP

Abdullah threatens to reject Afghan election result

Jun 19, 2014 - 10:47 PM

Abdullah has focused his fraud claims on the Independent Election Commission s estimated turnout of more than 7 million voters which he believes is too high

'STOP VOTE COUNT.' Former foreign minister Abdullah Abdullah, among the presidential candidate in 2014 Afghan polls. File photo by Hashmatullah/AFP

Afghanistan celebrates largely peaceful run-off vote

Jun 14, 2014 - 8:46 PM

The poll will decide whether former foreign minister Abdullah Abdullah or ex World Bank economist Ashraf Ghani leads the country into a new era of declining international military and civilian assistance

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Afghans vote in run-off election despite Taliban threats

Jun 14, 2014 - 11:09 AM

UPDATED The run off poll will decide whether ex foreign minister Abdullah Abdullah or ex World Bank economist Ashraf Ghani leads the country into a new era of declining international military and civilian assistance

POLLS OPEN. Afghans wait to cast their ballot at a polling station during the presidential elections run-off, in Herat, Afghanistan, June 14, 2014. A Photo by Jalil Rezayee/EPA

White House defends release of Taliban detainees, Afghans upset

Jun 02, 2014 - 10:31 PM

The deal sparked revulsion among Afghans in those parts of the country traditionally opposed to the Islamists

BERGDAHL FAMILY. Bob Bergdahl (C) speaks about the release of his son Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl as his wife Jani Bergdahl (L) and US President Barack Obama (R) look on, Washington, DC, USA, May 31, 2014. John Harrington/EPA

Taliban threaten Afghan election, warn voters to stay away

Jun 02, 2014 - 8:59 PM

The Taliban warns voters to stay away from the polling stations on June 14 otherwise they will get hurt or killed

AFGHAN ELECTION. Supporters of Afghan presidential candidate Ashraf Ghani attend an election campaign for the second round in Sheberghan the capital city of the Jowzjan Province in northern Afghanistan on June 2, 2014. The election for a new president in Afghanistan will go to a run-off vote in June after no candidate received the majority of votes needed to win outright. Photo by Mustafa Najafizada/EPA

US plans full Afghan withdrawal by end of 2016 –official

May 28, 2014 - 12:00 AM

The plan depends on the Afghan government agreeing to sign a joint security agreement with the United States

SECURITY. Afghan policemen stand at a checkpost in Kandahar on April 4, 2013, a day before the country holds its historic elections. Photo by Banaras Khan/Agence France-Presse

Afghan anger at US monitoring 'nearly all' phone calls

May 25, 2014 - 11:49 PM

The Afghan government responds to the claims by ordering the interior and telecommunication ministries to stop illegal monitoring of calls saying it would lodge a complaint with the US

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Delayed Afghan election result to be released Thursday

May 14, 2014 - 9:37 PM

Election result will be announced after a one day delay over fraud investigations into the first round of voting to find a successor to Hamid Karzai

Aid rushed to survivors of Afghan landslide

May 04, 2014 - 8:09 PM

Current death toll is at least 300 but could climb significantly officials say

HOPING. Afghan villagers wait as a crane remove debris in search of bodies of the victims, in Argu village, Badakhshan province, Afghanistan. At least 260 people have been found dead and 300 families are still missing and feared dead in the mudslide. The disaster occurred on Friday, May 2, after a heavy rainfall in the mountainous province of Badakhshan. Photo by Nasir Waqif/ EPA

Search called off after Afghan landslide kills at least 300

May 03, 2014 - 9:58 PM

UPDATED Officials say the final death toll could rise as high as 500 after Friday s disaster updating earlier information that 2 500 people were feared dead

HOPING. Afghan villagers wait as a crane remove debris in search of bodies of the victims, in Argu village, Badakhshan province, Afghanistan. At least 260 people have been found dead and 300 families are still missing and feared dead in the mudslide. The disaster occurred on Friday, May 2, after a heavy rainfall in the mountainous province of Badakhshan. Photo by Nasir Waqif/ EPA

Afghan presidential hopefuls raise fraud concerns

Apr 06, 2014 - 10:22 PM

More than 1 200 complaints had been received by the Election Complaints Commission by Sunday morning its spokesman said

Afghans vote in presidential election as US troops exit

Apr 05, 2014 - 9:24 AM

Afghanistan s third presidential election brings an end to 13 years of rule by Karzai who has led the country since the Taliban were ousted in a US led invasion in 2001

SECURITY THREAT. Afghan policemen stand at a checkpost in Kandahar on April 4, a day before the country holds its historic elections. The country's new leader will fight the Taliban and lead the country without the aid of NATO combat troops. Photo by Banaras Khan/AFP

Taliban attack Afghan election HQ in Kabul

Mar 29, 2014 - 6:39 PM

Ahead of the polls Taliban insurgents attack the Afghan election commission headquarters

Taliban pledge violent campaign to disrupt Afghan election

Mar 10, 2014 - 2:28 PM

Previous Afghan elections have been marred by violence with at least 31 civilians and 26 soldiers and police killed on polling day alone in 2009

URGING VIOLENCE. The Taliban is urging its fighters to attack polling staff, voters, and security forces before the April 5 elections

NATO air strike kills five Afghan soldiers

Mar 06, 2014 - 9:03 PM

A NATO air strike in eastern Afghanistan accidentally kills 5 Afghan soldiers the latest incident likely to worsen already fraught relations between Kabul and the US led coalition

THIRTEEN-YEAR WAR. Dust from a helicopter covers an Afghan National Army (ANA) solider walking past soldiers from the 10th Mountain Division US Army 2nd Battalion 22nd Infantry Regiment at ANA Forward Operating Base Muqor in Ghazni province on May 28, 2013. Photo by Dibyangshu Sarkar / AFP

Obama warns Karzai of full troop withdrawal

Feb 26, 2014 - 1:35 PM

The US threat was the latest twist in a long political struggle with Karzai who appears intent on infuriating Washington until the day he leaves office

DEAL, OR NO DEAL? In this file photo, US President Barack Obama (R) and his Afghan counterpart Hamid Karzai leave after a joint press conference in the East Room at the White House in Washington, DC, on January 11, 2013. Jewel Samad/AFP

Afghan law to be revised after pressure on women's rights

Feb 17, 2014 - 10:30 PM

The proposed law will now be amended following criticism and an international campaign for women s rights

WOMEN'S RIGHTS. Afghan women take part in a demonstration to protest violence against women in Kabul on February 13, 2014. Photo by Shah Marai/AFP

US anger as Afghanistan releases 65 'insurgents'

Feb 13, 2014 - 10:27 PM

The release of the prisoners further worsened the bitter relationship between Kabul and Washington

Afghanistan's Abdullah says election 'chance for change'

Feb 05, 2014 - 11:22 AM

The presidential debate yielded few surprises but Abdullah and four other candidates coalesced on the need to improve the country s dire security situation

DEBATE. Afghanistan's presidential candidates, left to right, Abdullah Abdullah, Qayum Karzai, Abdul Rahim Wardak, Zalmai Rassoul and Ashraf Ghani at Tolo TV station in Kabul on February 4, 2014. Wakil Kohsar/AFP

Five Afghan volleyball players shot dead: officials

Jan 24, 2014 - 7:11 PM

Unknown gunmen shot dead five young Afghan men playing volleyball officials said Friday but Taliban insurgents responsible for much of Afghanistan s unrest denied any involvement in the killings

GUNNED DOWN. Afghan high school girls play a volleyball match during a sports tournament at their school in Baghlan, Afghanistan in June of 2012. Photo by Naqeeb Ahmed/EPA

Afghan president accuses US of killing 7 children in airstrike

Jan 16, 2014 - 7:55 AM

Relations between Washington and Kabul have been rocky for years – and the incident is set to further damage frayed ties between the two allies

Afghan President Hamid Karzai addresses media representatives during a press conference in New Delhi, India, on 14 December 2013. Findlay Kember/Pool/EPA

Killing of 4-year-old boy by US troops frays Afghan ties further

Jan 11, 2014 - 10:02 AM

Afghan President Hamid Karzai condemns the killing which comes as the US and Afghanistan wrangle over the bilateral security agreement

Afghanistan to free 72 prisoners who US says are insurgents

Jan 10, 2014 - 2:19 AM

The releases will further strain US Afghan relations as pressure mounts for the 2 countries to sign a long delayed security deal

Bleak future for Afghanistan, US intelligence says: report

Dec 29, 2013 - 5:54 PM

A US National Intelligence Estimate says progress in Afghanistan may be seriously eroded by 2017

KABUL, Afghanistan - Afghan women transport cans of drinking water from a community well to home. Many years of conflict and several seasons of severe drought have damaged the water-supply network and dried out wells in many other parts of Afghanistan leaving large sections of the population without access to clean water. Photo by S Sabawoo/EPA

Drones, Taliban on agenda as Hagel heads to Pakistan

Dec 09, 2013 - 1:06 PM

Ties between Washington and Islamabad have been seriously strained over US drone strikes in Pakistan s tribal belt as well as Afghan Taliban sanctuaries inside Pakistan s borders

TO PAKISTAN. US Defense chief Chuck Hagel in a file photo. Ramin Talaie/Getty Images/AFP

Afghan minister tells Hagel security pact will be signed

Dec 07, 2013 - 11:18 PM

UPDATED Washington and its allies have repeatedly appealed to President Hamid Karzai to sign the BSA which lays out the rules for US and NATO troops to operate in the country after 2014

ASSURANCE. Pentagon chief Chuck Hagel says he was assured by Afghan's defense minister on the signing of the (bilateral security agreement. Photo by Mazen Mahdi/EPA

Afghan assembly backs US troops pact, Karzai sets terms

Nov 25, 2013 - 12:40 AM

Among Pres Hamid Karzai s conditions for signing the Bilateral Security Agreement is US cooperation in efforts to make peace with the Taliban who have led the 12 year revolt against Karzai s government and its foreign backers

Suicide bomber kills two Afghan police: officials

Oct 12, 2013 - 3:10 PM

The act of violence highlights the country s instability as US Secretary of State John Kerry visits Kabul

ON THE SCENE. Afghan security forces inspect the site of a suicide attack in Jalalabad. Photo from Agence France-Presse/Omar Gul

Progress on US-Afghan deal as Kerry visits Kabul

Oct 12, 2013 - 3:07 PM

The talks between Kerry and Afghan President Hamid Karzai come as the US said it had captured a senior leader of the Pakistani Taliban

MAKING PROGRESS. US Secretary of State John Kerry is in Kabul, Afghanistan to discuss security issues with Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai. Photo from Agence France-Presse/Saul Loeb

John Kerry arrives in Kabul on unannounced visit

Oct 11, 2013 - 9:19 PM

UPDATED Kerry arrived on Friday to try to advance troubled negotiations with Afghanistan on some US troops staying in the country after 2014

Mosque suicide blast kills Afghan district governor

Aug 30, 2013 - 2:04 PM

A suicide bomber detonated himself at a mosque killing the local district governor Other casualties are feared

Karzai heads to Pakistan to seek more Taliban releases

Aug 24, 2013 - 10:11 PM

We hope the visit will bear good results in regards to peace negotiations and security of Afghanistan Karzai said

RELEASE MORE.  Afghan president Hamid Karzai addresses a press conference at the presidential palace in Kabul on August 24, 2013. Photo by AFP/Massoud HOSSAINI

Karzai says US could keep 9 bases in Afghanistan

May 09, 2013 - 6:46 PM

Karzai said that he could allow the US to keep 9 military bases in the country as part of negotiations over a long term security pact with Washington

An A-10 Thunderbolt II taxiing down the runway of Bagram Air Base, Afghanistan, prior to takeoff Oct. 13, 2004. US Air Force file photo

Kerry backs Afghanistan despite Karzai outbursts

Mar 26, 2013 - 8:11 AM

Kerry s visit came after Karzai launched a series of verbal assaults on US troops and their coalition partners who are withdrawing after more than a decade

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry delivers remarks with Afghan President Hamid Karzai in Kabul, Afghanistan on March 25, 2013. US STATE DEPT IMAGE

Gen. Dunford assumes command of NATO forces in Afghanistan

Feb 10, 2013 - 5:32 PM

US general to lead 100 000 strong NATO force in Afghanistan

Kabul considers action vs ICG over 'bias'

Nov 05, 2012 - 5:53 PM

Afghanistan is considering action vs the International Crisis Group as it accuses the respected think tank of bias in its reporting on the country

Taliban for Afghan president?

Oct 31, 2012 - 9:33 PM

President Hamid Karzai is constitutionally barred from running for reelection and there is no clear candidate to succeed him

TALIBAN FOR PRESIDENT? Afghanistan's Independent Election Commission (IEC) President Fazil Ahmad Manawi speaks during a press conference in Kabul on August 21, 2011. AFP PHOTO/SHAH MARAI

Obama looks abroad, with eye on voters back home

May 21, 2012 - 10:11 AM

US President Barack Obama spent weekend summits trying to end one war in Afghanistan prevent another in Iran and save the global economy knowing that each crisis could impact on his reelection hopes

G8 SUMMIT. President Barack Obama hosts a working dinner in Laurel Cabin during the G8 Summit at Camp David, Md., May 18, 2012. Seated clockwise from the President are: Prime Minister David Cameron of the United Kingdom, Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev of Russia, Chancellor Angela Merkel of Germany, Herman Van Rompuy, President of the European Council, José Manuel Barroso, President of the European Commission, Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda of Japan, Prime Minister Mario Monti of Italy, Prime Minister Stephen Harper of Canada, and President François Hollande of France. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

Obama in Afghanistan: 'Time of war' is ending

May 02, 2012 - 10:56 AM

In a highly political election year address from outside Kabul Obama posed as a commander in chief who ended two long wars and crushed Al Qaeda and tried to conjure up a new dawn for a nation exhausted by conflict and recession

OBAMA IN AFGHANISTAN. US President Barack Obama delivering a speech at Bagram Air Base in Afghanistan, May 1, 2012. Photo courtesy of The White House.