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  • Clinton’s Cackling at Cain Takes the Cake

    10/22/2011 3:26:47 PM PDT · by Paladins Prayer · 39 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | October 22, 2011 | Selwyn Duke
    Upon watching footage of Hillary Clinton mocking Herman Cain in Afghan president Hamid Karzai’s presence, one could wonder: would she really want to stack her accomplishments up against Cain’s? I mean real accomplishment – not being the poster girl for nepotism and cultural affirmative action. But before outlining the distinguished career of the esteemed erstwhile Mizz Rodham, let’s review what was said to Mr. Karzai (another individual, incidentally, who owes his position to an American president).
  • Clinton says U.S. officials have met with Haqqanis (Obama administration negotiating with terrorist)

    10/21/2011 8:42:01 AM PDT · by tobyhill · 21 replies
    Reuters ^ | 10/21/2011 | Andrew Quinn and Chris Allbritton
    Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said Friday that the United States had held a preliminary meeting with representatives of the Haqqani network, a group of militants Washington has blamed for a series of attacks in Afghanistan. The revelation came soon after Clinton, in Islamabad with a heavyweight team of U.S. military and intelligence leaders, warned that tough action would have to be taken against Afghan and Pakistani militants if they did not cooperate in efforts to stabilize Afghanistan and pursue peace. Clinton was asked at a roundtable with journalists about reports that U.S. officials had met with Haqqani representatives directly,...
  • Hillary Clinton Mocks Herman Cain

    10/20/2011 11:20:39 AM PDT · by Baladas · 86 replies
    ABC News ^ | Oct 20, 2011 | By Kirit Radia
    Secretary of State Hillary Clinton today took a shot at Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain during a visit to Afghanistan, presumably one of the Central Asian “stan” countries Cain was referring to when he said he didn’t know the names of every foreign leader. Cain said knowing the leader of “small insignificant states around the world” wasn’t necessary for a president. During a photo op at the top of their meeting in Kabul, Afghan President Hamid Karzai asked Clinton about Cain’s comment earlier this month that he probably won’t know the name of the leader of “Ubeki-beki-beki-beki-stan-stan.” “He’s a former...
  • Afghan president says talks with Taliban useless

    10/01/2011 8:52:21 AM PDT · by Hunton Peck · 9 replies
    Associated Press ^ | 10/1/2011 | RAHIM FAIEZ
    KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Afghan President Hamid Karzai, who for years pushed for reconciliation with the Taliban, now says attempts to negotiate with the insurgent movement are futile and efforts at dialogue should focus instead on neighboring Pakistan. The Afghan leader explained in a videotaped speech released by his office Saturday that he changed his views after a suicide bomber, claiming to be a peace emissary from the insurgents, killed former Afghan President Burhanuddin Rabbani at his home on Sept. 20. Rabbani was leading Karzai's effort to broker peace with the Taliban. "Their messengers are coming and killing. ... So...
  • Afghanistan’s Karzai will not run for third term

    08/11/2011 4:52:45 PM PDT · by Pan_Yan · 8 replies
    RSI Novosti ^ | August 11, 2011
    Afghanistan’s President Hamid Karzai will not run for a third term of office, his press service said on Thursday. There had earlier been speculation that he might amend the Afghan Constitution, which does not provide for a third consecutive presidential term. In 2002, Afghan-born Karzai was appointed interim president of the Afghan transitional administration after the U.S.-led anti-terrorist operation in the country to overthrow the Taliban movement. In 2004, he became the first elected president of Afghanistan and then won a second term in 2009, which was mired by rigging allegations. Analysts said by the time Karzai’s second term expires...
  • Gunmen kill adviser to Afghan president, lawmaker

    07/17/2011 3:34:51 PM PDT · by nuconvert · 8 replies
    KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — A Defense Ministry official says a close adviser to the Afghan president and a member of parliament have been killed during an attack in the capital.
  • Bodyguard Who Assassinated Karzai’s Brother Had Been Working With CIA, U.S. Special Forces…

    07/17/2011 9:13:38 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 12 replies
    Weasel Zippers ^ | 07/16/2011
    Not exactly an encouraging sign this guy was recruited by the Taliban after being a trusted CIA contact. The bodyguard who assassinated President Hamid Karzai’s brother had been working closely with US Special Forces and the CIA before he was recruited by the Taliban, raising fears over the Islamist movement’s increasingly sophisticated intelligence apparatus which has managed to threaten the inner circles of power in Afghanistan. Sardar Mohammad, who shot Ahmed Wali Karzai at his home in Kandahar City on Tuesday, also held regular meetings with British officials, and had two brothers-in-law serving in a CIA-run paramilitary unit, the Kandahar...
  • A Reality Check in Afghan Homeland (Oldie but goodie about NJ Afghans getting the shaft in Kabul)

    07/12/2011 2:01:29 PM PDT · by Zhang Fei · 3 replies
    LA Times ^ | February 15, 2002 | DAVID ZUCCHINO
    Until last week, Solaiman Faizi's biggest problems were making sure that guests at his newly opened hotel didn't burn the place down with their small propane stoves or overload the tenuous power supply. But after an unpleasant encounter with post-Taliban vengeance and justice, Faizi isn't so sure that he should have left New Jersey to help reopen his family's hotel in one of the world's most treacherous cities. One of his brothers is stewing in Kabul's central jail, recovering from a beating by soldiers. Another brother just got out of the hospital, where he says he was treated for a...
  • Assassinated half-brother of Karzai once ran Chicago restaurant

    07/12/2011 7:09:01 AM PDT · by bgill · 4 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | July 12, 2011 | unknown
    The half-brother of Afghan President Hamid Karzai -- who was assassinated Tuesday -- used to run a restaurant in Lakeview and spoke fondly of his days in the North Side neighborhood... "His restaurant was a hub for Americans in the Midwest who had worked or lived in Afghanistan prior to the Soviet invasion, he said." On his return to Afghanistan, Ahmed Wali Karzai became head of Kandahar's provincial council. Critics, including U.S. officials, said he was deeply involved in corruption, some of it stemming from Kandahar's flourishing drug trade. In the secret diplomatic documents by WikiLeaks, American diplomats portrayed Karzai...
  • Afghanistan: Karzai half-brother 'assassinated'

    07/12/2011 1:29:15 AM PDT · by Palter · 28 replies
    BBC ^ | 12 July 2011 | BBC
    The half-brother of Afghan President Hamid Karzai has been killed in an assassination attempt, officials say. Ahmad Wali Karzai, the younger half-brother of the Afghan president and leader of the Kandahar Provincial Council, was shot dead, presidential spokesmen Waheed Omar told the BBC. Initial reports suggest he was shot by his bodyguard in his house in Kandahar. A controversial politician, some saw him as a defender of Pashtun rights. Critics said he was a warlord mired in corruption who was openly involved in the drugs trade and had a personal militia at his disposal. The president repeatedly defended him, denouncing...
  • Two female MPs brawl in Afghan parliament

    07/07/2011 1:24:55 PM PDT · by george76 · 17 replies
    cnn ^ | July 6th, 2011
    Two female members of the Afghanistan Parliament got into a physical fight Tuesday following a discussion of rocket attacks from Pakistan. General Nazifa Zaki, a former army general, threw her shoe at fellow MP Hamida Ahmadzai, video from parliament showed. The video, posted online by, shows Zaki leave her seat to head toward Ahmadzai, who throws a water bottle at Zaki when she gets close. Zaki punches Ahmadzai, and the two begin to tussle. ... What began as a discussion took a turn for the worse when one of the coalitions in parliament, including members who are accused of...
  • Karzai says US in talks with Taliban

    06/18/2011 6:03:20 AM PDT · by Cardhu · 20 replies
    Al Jazeera ^ | June 18th 2011 | Agencies
    Afghan president's confirmation comes as Taliban launches deadly attacks in centre of capital, Kabul. The president of Afghansitan has said his government and the US are negotiating with Taliban fighters to bring peace to the country. While officials at the US embassy in Kabul could not be immediately reached for comment, Hamid Karzai's remarks were the first official confirmation of US involvement in the negotiations. "Peace talks have started with [the Taliban] already and it is going well," Karzai said on Saturday in Kabul. "Foreign militaries, especially the United States of America, are going ahead with these negotiations.'' Diplomats have...
  • New Afghanistan Development Dangerous to NATO

    05/31/2011 3:44:49 PM PDT · by Clyde5445 · 11 replies ^ | Tuesday, May 31, 2011 | Sarah Palin
    After learning this afternoon of Afghan President Karzai’s ultimatum to NATO concerning airstrikes, we need to consider how dangerous this new development is. While it's always devastating to hear about civilians killed in the fight against the Taliban, President Karzai surely knows that no one works harder to eliminate civilian casualties than NATO. His public ultimatum issued today to allies and supposed friends is dangerous. What President Karzai is saying is that if we don’t severely limit our air campaign he will take “unilateral action.” And he further says that if the airstrikes continue we will be seen as an...
  • Sarah Palin:New Afghanistan Development Dangerous to NATO

    05/31/2011 1:03:50 PM PDT · by Bigtigermike · 32 replies
    Sarah Palin Facebook ^ | Tuesday May 31, 2011 | Sarah Palin
    After learning this afternoon of Afghan President Karzai’s ultimatum to NATO concerning airstrikes, we need to consider how dangerous this new development is. While it's always devastating to hear about civilians killed in the fight against the Taliban, President Karzai surely knows that no one works harder to eliminate civilian casualties than NATO. His public ultimatum issued today to allies and supposed friends is dangerous. What President Karzai is saying is that if we don’t severely limit our air campaign he will take “unilateral action.” And he further says that if the airstrikes continue we will be seen as an...
  • Afghan President Karzai demands NATO stop airstrikes on homes

    05/31/2011 2:25:24 PM PDT · by Pan_Yan · 15 replies
    CS Monitor ^ | May 31, 2011 | Tom A. Peter
    After giving NATO forces their “last warning” to stop civilian casualties, Afghan President Hamid Karzai has upped the stakes by demanding that international forces stop airstrikes on Afghan houses. “If they don’t stop airstrikes on Afghan homes, their presence in Afghanistan will be considered as an occupying force and against the will of the Afghan people,” Mr. Karzai told reporters. “Such attacks will no longer be allowed.” The Afghan president has threatened unspecified action if the bombings continue. But strong pronouncements such as this one have become common for the president, and he has yet to act on any of...
  • Petraeus Says Quran Burning Endangers War Effort (Karzai demands Congress, Senate apologize)

    04/03/2011 8:59:32 AM PDT · by kristinn · 143 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | Sunday, April 3, 2011 | Yaroslav Trofimov and Maria Abi-Habib
    SNIP "This was a surprise," Gen. Petraeus said. The Quran burning in Florida, he added, was "hateful, extremely disrespectful and enormously intolerant." Gen. Petraeus, U.S. Ambassador Karl Eikenberry and other Western envoys Sunday met President Hamid Karzai to discuss the security crisis caused by the Florida incident. While Gen. Petraeus said he had no doubt that Mr. Karzai is taking the situation seriously, some Western officials have complained that the Afghan president himself has exacerbated the tensions with his pronouncements on the issue. Most Afghans learned about the Quran burning in Florida only when Mr. Karzai on March 24 condemned...
  • Afghan riots over Quran-burning: 2 days, 20 dead

    04/02/2011 3:30:21 PM PDT · by YankeeReb · 84 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | April 2, 2011 | PATRICK QUINN
    KABUL, Afghanistan – Afghans rioted for a second day Saturday to protest the burning of a Quran in Florida, killing nine people in Kandahar and injuring more than 80 in a wave of violence that underscored rising anti-foreign sentiment after nearly a decade of war. The desecration at a small U.S. church has outraged Muslims worldwide, and in Afghanistan it further strained ties with the West. On Friday, 11 people were killed, including seven foreign U.N. employees, in a protest in the northern city of Mazar-i-Sharif. The protests come at a critical juncture as the U.S.-led coalition gears up for...
  • Afghan officials cite security firms with U.S. ties for violations

    01/23/2011 2:02:37 PM PST · by La Enchiladita · 3 replies · 1+ views
    WashingtonPost ^ | Jan. 22, 2011 | Joshua Partlow
    KABUL - The Afghan government has accused several prominent private security companies, including some that work with the U.S. government, of committing "major offenses," a move that U.S. officials fear could hasten their departure from the country. A list compiled by Afghan officials cites 16 companies, including several American and British firms, for unspecified serious violations and seven others for having links to high-ranking Afghan officials, according to a copy obtained by The Washington Post. A decision to ban the major violators and those that have relationships with senior Afghan officials would affect firms that provide about 800 guards for...
  • Russia, Afghanistan Pledge Economic, Diplomatic Cooperation

    01/22/2011 2:35:20 PM PST · by La Enchiladita · 5 replies · 1+ views
    Voice of America ^ | Jan. 21, 2011 | Staff
    Afghan President Hamid Karzai has made his first official visit to Russia, where he and Russian President Dmitry Medvedev discussed agreements on economic and diplomatic cooperation. In a joint news briefing Friday, Mr. Medvedev pledged to help rebuild Afghanistan's infrastructure, including several power plants and work on the Salang Tunnel, a key link between north and south Afghanistan.
  • Researcher detained at U.S. border, questioned about Wikileaks

    08/01/2010 8:36:48 PM PDT · by thecodont · 6 replies · 2+ views
    CNET / ^ | July 31, 2010 4:16 PM PDT | By Elinor Mills
    LAS VEGAS -- A security researcher involved with the Wikileaks Web site was detained by U.S. agents at the border for three hours and questioned about the controversial whistleblower project as he entered the country on Thursday to attend a hacker conference, sources said on Saturday. He was also approached by two FBI agents at the Defcon conference after his presentation on Saturday afternoon about the Tor Project. Jacob Appelbaum, a Seattle-based programmer for the online privacy protection project called Tor, arrived at the Newark, New Jersey, airport from Holland flight Thursday morning when he was pulled aside by customs...