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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...
  • Holbrooke Thought Highly of Himself, for Good Reason

    12/16/2010 4:58:07 AM PST · by Kaslin · 34 replies · 1+ views ^ | December 16, 2010 | Michael Barone
    Reading "Masters and Commanders," Andrew Roberts's magnificent account of British and American leaders in World War II, I was struck by how many of them, working prodigious hours and under great strain, were struck down by heart attacks while in their 60s. This doesn't happen anymore, I thought, with the blood pressure and cholesterol medicines many of us routinely take. But it does, as we were reminded by the sudden death at age 69 this week of Richard Holbrooke, who was working prodigiously as Barack Obama's special representative for AfPak, i.e., Afghanistan and Pakistan. Holbrooke was known in cynical Washington...
  • good war, bad war, the story of Afghanistan

    12/07/2010 9:50:45 AM PST · by jpf
    my big mouth blog ^ | 12/07/10 | Flood
    President Obama traveled to Afghanistan a couple of days ago but he did not meet Afghan President Karzai. Evidently there was a severe wind storm that didn't allow the President to fly by helicopter to meet with the leader of that country. There was a plan B, namely a video conference, but that wasn't done either. When asked by reporters why, a spokesperson from the White House mumbled something and then walked away. Evidently they did talk on the phone, local call, which saved the White House a bundle on toll charges. I know what you're thinking and I want...
  • President Obama Lands in Afghanistan for Unannounced Visit (Snubs President Karzai)

    12/03/2010 8:45:30 AM PST · by kristinn · 43 replies
    The New York Times ^ | Friday, December 3, 2010 | Peter Baker
    Updated President Obama made an unannounced visit to Afghanistan on Friday as he sought to smooth over a troubled relationship with President Hamid Karzai and take stock of a nine-year-old American-led war that he hopes to begin winding down next summer. Mr. Obama planned to head to the presidential palace to meet with Mr. Karzai, who has complained vocally about American military tactics in recent weeks. The president also planned to consult with his commanding general and visit American troops heading into another holiday season far from home. Wrapped in a tight security cocoon, Mr. Obama was scheduled to be...
  • Karzai open to Sen. Lindsey Graham's idea of 2 permanent U.S. bases (in Afghanistan)

    11/16/2010 12:53:09 AM PST · by rabscuttle385 · 12 replies
    The Greenville News, Greenville, SC | 2010-11-16 | Clark Brooks
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  • Karzai asks US to scale down Afghan military operations

    11/14/2010 11:58:31 AM PST · by Nachum · 32 replies
    Deutsche Presse-Agentur ^ | 11/14/10 | Staff
    Washington - Afghan President Hamid Karzai, in an interview published Sunday, called on the United States to scale down its military activity in his country. 'The time has come to reduce military operations,' Karzai said in an interview with the Washington Post newspaper. The president said the Afghan population was unable to cope with the massive international military presence and wanted to see an end to the 'intrusiveness' of the soldiers in daily life.
  • Karzai says US should reduce operations' intensity

    11/14/2010 7:01:28 AM PST · by John W · 24 replies
    AP ^ | November 14, 2010 | Deb Riechmann
    KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Afghan President Hamid Karzai said the United States must reduce the visibility and intensity of its military operations, especially night raids that fuel anti-American sentiment and could embolden Taliban insurgents. Karzai's remarks in an interview Saturday with The Washington Post come as the international military coalition has stepped up pressure on insurgents at the same time that the president has set up a peace council in hopes of reconciling with the top echelon of the Taliban. "The time has come to reduce military operations," Karzai said in the interview. "The time has come to reduce the...
  • Sen. Graham 'Just Stuned' by Karzai; S.C. Senator Says Talk of Strategy Change a 'Disaster'

    11/14/2010 8:04:02 AM PST · by rabscuttle385 · 38 replies · 1+ views
    ABC News ^ | 2010-11-14 | Joshua Miller
    WASHINGTON - In an exclusive interview today on "This Week," Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., told anchor Christiane Amanpour that he was "just stunned" by Afghan President Hamid Karzai's comments to the Washington Post that took issue with a fundamental part of U.S. counterinsurgency strategy. "You know Christiane, I'm just stunned," Graham said, noting that he had dinner with Karzai. "The focus of the article is the night raids. We were briefed by our military commanders that … we own the night, militarily, and are making huge impact on the Taliban, the insurgency as a whole." "This didn't come up at...
  • Karzai and the Scent of U.S. Irresolution (Must Read)

    10/27/2010 10:44:40 AM PDT · by mojito · 6 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 10/27/2010 | Fouad Ajami
    'They do give us bags of money—yes, yes, it is done, we are grateful to the Iranians for this." This is the East, and baksheesh is the way of the world, Hamid Karzai brazenly let it be known this week. The big aid that maintains his regime, and keeps his country together, comes from the democracies. It is much cheaper for the Iranians. They are of the neighborhood, they know the ways of the bazaar. The remarkable thing about Mr. Karzai has been his perverse honesty. This is not a Third World client who has given us sweet talk about...
  • Iran said to give top Karzai aide cash by bagful

    10/23/2010 7:06:39 PM PDT · by nuconvert · 18 replies
    KABUL, Afghanistan -- One evening last August, as President Hamid Karzai wrapped up an official visit to Iran, his personal plane sat on the airport tarmac, waiting for a late-running passenger: Iran's ambassador to Afghanistan. The ambassador, Feda Hussein Maliki, finally appeared, taking a seat next to Umar Daudzai, Karzai's chief of staff and his most trusted confidant. According to an Afghan official on the plane, Maliki handed Daudzai a large plastic bag bulging with packets of euro bills. A second Afghan official confirmed that Daudzai carried home a large bag of cash. "This is the Iranian money," said an...
  • Is Karzai A Fool Or Does He Have A Choice?

    10/11/2010 10:52:12 AM PDT · by Starman417 · 5 replies
    Flopping Aces ^ | 10-11-10 | Skookum
    For this relief much thanks. 'Tis bitter cold, And I am sick at heart. - The Bard, Hamlet - I:1 Afghanistan President Karzai has announced he is in "unofficial" peace negotiations with the Taliban; despite the fact that the United States is actively engaged in a war with the Taliban. Karzai told CNN's "Larry King Live" in an interview to be broadcast Monday that "unofficial" peace discussions with Taliban representatives are continuing. "We have been talking to the Taliban as countryman to countryman," said Karzai. "Not as a regular official contact with the Taliban with a fixed address, but...
  • Karzai confirms holding talks with Taliban

    10/10/2010 7:18:07 PM PDT · by BuckeyeTexan · 8 replies
    Yahoo News UK & Ireland ^ | 10/10/10 | AFP
    Afghan President Hamid Karzai confirmed holding unofficial talks with the Taliban "for quite some time," in a bid to end the nine-year war, according to an interview transcript released Sunday. We have been talking to the Taliban as countryman to countryman, talk in that manner," Karzai told CNN's Larry King when asked about a Washington Post report on "secret high level talks" between the two sides. (Snip) The High Peace Council is intended to open a dialogue with insurgents who have been trying to bring down his government since the US-led invasion overthrew their regime in late 2001. The 68-member...
  • 8 private security firms banned in Afghanistan

    10/04/2010 7:16:42 AM PDT · by Virginia Ridgerunner · 12 replies
    CNN International ^ | October 3, 2010 | CNN Wire Staff
    Afghanistan has banned eight private security firms, including the company formerly known as Blackwater, a spokesman for President Hamid Karzai told reporters Sunday. Among the companies whose operations are being dissolved are Xe (formerly known as Blackwater), NCL, FHI, White Eagles and other small companies, spokesman Waheed Omer said. Both international and domestic companies were affected. Weapons and ammunition belonging to these companies has been seized, he said.
  • Karzai: Obama's 2011 Pullout Timetable 'Boosting Enemy Morale'

    08/29/2010 3:01:53 PM PDT · by kristinn · 10 replies
    Voice of America ^ | Friday, August 27, 2010
    Afghan President Hamid Karzai has criticized a plan by U.S. President Barack Obama to begin withdrawing troops from Afghanistan next July. Mr. Karzai told a visiting U.S. congressional delegation Thursday that Mr. Obama's July 2011 deadline for the start of a troop pullout has given insurgents a "morale boost." The chief of the U.S. Marine Corps, General James Conway, made a similar comment earlier this week, telling a news conference Mr. Obama's pullout date "is probably giving our enemy sustenance," as he put it. But, Conway also said Taliban militants in Afghanistan will be in for a surprise when they...
  • Key Karzai aid at centre of corruption probe 'on CIA payroll for years’

    08/26/2010 2:58:50 PM PDT · by Pan_Yan · 3 replies
    Telegraph (UK) ^ | 6:12PM BST 26 Aug 2010 | Ben Farmer
    Mohammad Zia Salehi was arrested by a British and American-backed anti-corruption task force last month after being allegedly recorded soliciting a bribe to hamper a money laundering inquiry. Hamid Karzai, the Afghanistan president, personally intervened to release his aide, angering Western embassies who have asked him to clamp down on the corruption which riddles his administration. American officials have now admitted Mr Salehi has been paid by the spy agency for many years, a US newspaper has reported. One official defended paying tainted figures, saying: “If you want intelligence in a war zone, you’re not going to get it from...
  • Sen. Kerry: 'Very active' efforts under way to reach settlement with Taliban

    08/20/2010 7:53:54 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 34 replies
    The Hill ^ | August 20, 2010 | Jordan Fabian
    Sen. John Kerry, the chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, said Friday that there is a "very active" effort under way to reach a negotiated political settlement with the Taliban in Afghanistan. Kerry (D-Mass.) acknowledged that "efforts" have begun after visiting Afghanistan and Pakistan this week, meeting with Afghan President Hamid Karzai and other officials. "I can report without being specific that there are efforts under way. They are serious and I completely agree with that fundamental premise — and so does General [David] Petraeus and so does President Obama — there is no military solution," he told NPR....
  • Afghanistan’s last, best hope

    08/19/2010 4:18:50 AM PDT · by Ordinary_American · 2 replies · 1+ views
    United Press International ^ | August 19, 2010 | Lawrence Sellin
    KABUL, Afghanistan, Aug. 19 (UPI) -- The real enemy in Afghanistan is reactionary leadership represented by corrupt politicians, ruthless warlords and the twisted religious extremism of the Taliban. That fundamental problem is complicated by the parallel competition of international players to influence the future of Afghanistan according to their own national interests. Several congressional, military and independent reports have expressed concern over the rise in corruption at every level in Afghan government. In contrast, Afghan officials claim that reforms have been implemented and progress has been made in reducing administration corruption and land usurpation (Note: "progress has been made" is...
  • Officials: Karzai Blindsided U.S. Embassy With Contractor-Ban Announcement

    08/17/2010 6:23:01 PM PDT · by Pan_Yan · 6 replies
    Newsweek ^ | August 17, 2010 | Mark Hosenball
    Afghan President Hamid Karzai failed to give the American Embassy in Kabul advance notice that he was about to issue an edict ordering private security companies operating in Afghanistan to fold up shop within four months. Two senior U.S. officials, who asked for anonymity when discussing sensitive information, tell Declassified that embassy officials had been talking for months with Karzai about what his government could do to clean up corruption problems involving such contractors, particularly contractors operating in the south of the country, whose important duties include providing security for official and private supply convoys. But the officials say that...
  • Karzai Asks Obama For Review Of Afghanistan War

    08/14/2010 3:51:28 PM PDT · by Cardhu · 5 replies
    New York Times ^ | August 14th 2010 | Reuters
    KABUL (Reuters) - Afghan President Hamid Karzai has asked U.S. President Barack Obama to review how the war in Afghanistan is being conducted as civilian deaths continue to rise, Karzai's office said on Saturday. A statement issued by the presidential palace said Obama agreed in a video call to start talking about a review, which Karzai also proposed in a letter. "The two presidents agreed that discussions regarding a strategic review of the more effective ways of fighting terrorism should begin," the statement, written in Dari, said. "The war on terrorism should not be won in the villages of Afghanistan,...
  • Afghanistan's tribal trouble

    07/22/2010 5:26:45 AM PDT · by Ordinary_American · 9 replies · 2+ views
    United Press International ^ | July 22, 2010 | Lawrence Sellin
    KABUL, Afghanistan, July 22 (UPI) -- Former CIA Director Richard Helms counseled that when dealing with societies in and around the Middle East, pay attention to the things that are hundreds of years old -- the religious sects, the clans, the tribes. Military victory in Afghanistan will only come in the form of a political solution based on reconciliation between the Pashtun and the other Afghan tribes. A tribal confederation bearing allegiance to a central authority, perhaps not unlike that which existed during the Afghan monarchy, provides one model to consider. Yet there remain sharp divisions among the Afghan tribes....
  • Cynical thoughts about Afghanistan

    07/15/2010 5:08:49 AM PDT · by Ordinary_American · 7 replies · 1+ views
    United Press International ^ | July 15, 2010 | Lawrence Sellin
    KABUL, Afghanistan, July 15 (UPI) -- Will the epitaph of the war in Afghanistan be motion without progress and knowledge without wisdom? After one particularly bloody day both for coalition and Afghan forces, one wonders. Many will recall the widely published, busy slide describing the current situation in Afghanistan. To which U.S. Army Gen. Stanley McChrystal responded, "When we understand that slide, we'll have won the war." A more appropriate response would have been "If we follow that slide, we will lose the war." Nevertheless, the military organizations and processes now operating in Afghanistan seem as complicated and convoluted as...
  • Where 'nice' Obama has got us -- Mark Steyn

    07/03/2010 11:49:20 AM PDT · by SmartInsight · 18 replies · 1+ views
    McCleans, Candad ^ | Mark Steyn
    Why would Ahmadinejad take him seriously when even Karzai flips him the finger? "When people see a strong horse and a weak horse," said Osama bin Laden many years ago, "by nature they will like the strong horse." The world does not see President Obama as the strong horse. The new President wished to reposition his nation by forswearing American power: he thought that made him the nice horse; everyone else looked on it as a self-gelding operation -- or, as last week's U.S. News & World Report headlined it, "World sees Obama as incompetent and amateur." If the Taliban...
  • U.S. officials say Karzai aides are derailing corruption cases involving elite

    06/27/2010 7:52:31 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 17 replies
    WaPo ^ | June 28, 2010 | Greg Miller and Ernesto Londoño
    Top officials in President Hamid Karzai's government have repeatedly derailed corruption investigations of politically connected Afghans, according to U.S. officials who have provided Afghanistan's authorities with wiretapping technology and other assistance in efforts to crack down on endemic graft. In recent months, the U.S. officials said, Afghan prosecutors and investigators have been ordered to cross names off case files, prevent senior officials from being placed under arrest and disregard evidence against executives of a major financial firm suspected of helping the nation's elite move millions of dollars overseas. As a result, U.S. advisers sent to Kabul by the Justice Department,...
  • Hamid Karzai Backs McChrystal amid Uproar

    06/22/2010 11:56:57 AM PDT · by STARWISE · 48 replies
    CBS News ^ | 6-22-10
    Afghan Pres. Says Top U.S. Commander is "Best" Person to Lead the Effort ### The spokesman for Afghan President Hamid Karzai says the leader believes Gen. Stanley McChrystal is the "best commander" of the war. Karzai spokesman Waheed Omar says the president strongly backs the top commander in Afghanistan and hopes that President Barack Obama doesn't decide to replace him.
  • U.N. to remove Taliban from blacklist: Karzai (on gradual basis if they renounce Al Qaeda,terrorism)

    06/22/2010 11:55:05 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 9 replies
    Reuters on Yahoo ^ | 6/22/10 | Hamid Shalizi
    KABUL (Reuters) – The United Nations has agreed to remove Taliban members who renounce ties to al Qaeda from a U.N. blacklist on a "gradual" basis, Afghan President Hamid Karzai's office said on Tuesday. Senior diplomats from the 15-nation U.N. Security Council were in the Afghan capital on Tuesday, following a call for a review of the names of Taliban figures on its sanction list at a peace conference in Kabul earlier this month. "The president asked the U.N. delegates to remove Taliban members from their blacklist and the delegates agreed to do so gradually and provided the members had...
  • State of the Union with Candy Crowley June 20, 2010

    06/21/2010 1:32:58 PM PDT · by ReleaseTheHounds · 2 replies
    CNN ^ | June 20, 2010 | Candy Crowley
    From the Transcript: CROWLEY: Wrapping up Afghanistan here, Hamid Karzai, do you think he has the ability and do you trust him to do his part in this? FEINSTEIN: I think he remains a cipher. I think it's very hard to tell. Up close and personal, when you meet him, he is rather charming. Reports are that he is not a strong presence, that he does not have a kind of command control, that his administration is fraught with corruption and problems. So the report card is not a good one so far. That's a problem for us. CROWLEY: How...
  • Are we in Afghanistan to defend the Kabul government's right to kill Christian converts?

    06/21/2010 12:07:10 PM PDT · by Mrs. Don-o · 13 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | 06/21/10 | Mark Tapscott
    Pressures appear to be growing from the U.S.-backed government in Kabul against any manifestation of Christianity in Afghanistan by Afghan citizens or by citizens of other nations who are working in the troubled central Asian nation, according to World Magazine's Mindy Belz. Afghan Christians make up a tiny minority of the officially Muslim nation's population. The Afghanistan constitution adopted in 2004 with substantial U.S. input and backing affirms the right of all persons to practice their religious faiths. But the latter is qualified by saying such practices must be conducted within the provisions of Afghan law, which effectively means Sharia,...
  • The trillion-dollar Afghan battlefield

    06/16/2010 2:23:47 AM PDT · by Scanian · 8 replies · 370+ views
    NY Post ^ | June 15, 2010 | Ralph Peters
    Afghanistan just got its worst news since the Soviet invasion three decades ago: American geologists have charted as much as a trillion dollars' worth of mineral deposits in that tormented landscape. Up to now, Afghanistan's internal factions and neighbors have been fighting over worthless dirt, Allah and opium. Assigning the battlefield a trillion-dollar value is not a prescription for reconciliation. Expect "The Beverly Hillbillies" scripted by Satan. Even were Afghanistan at peace, its endemic corruption would generate a grabocracy -- a Nigeria, not a Norway. Throw in inherited hatreds and the appetites of its neighbors, and Afghanistan may end up...
  • Rice: NYT article 'fallacious' (Obama Amin attacks NYT!)

    06/14/2010 11:32:21 AM PDT · by Seizethecarp · 11 replies · 405+ views
    Politico post of FoxNews Sunday interview ^ | June 13, 2010 | Posted by Dianna Heitz
    U. S. Ambassador to the United Nations Susan Rice took a hard line on Sunday against a New York Times piece that states Afghan President Hamid Karzai doubts the U.S. and NATO’s ability to defeat the Taliban in Afghanistan. Rice said that there is much in the article that seems to be inaccurate, “if not fallacious.” “We don’t have any basis for seeing it as the New York Times portrayed it,” Rice said on “Fox News Sunday.” “We have every confidence that the United States and NATO, working with our Afghan partners, will defeat the Taliban in Afghanistan... Hamid Karzai...
  • Afghanistan: Christians threatened as Karzai woos Taliban

    06/10/2010 1:25:28 PM PDT · by Patriot1259 · 3 replies · 120+ views ^ | 06/10/2010 | Elizabeth Kendal
    A call to pray for Afghanistan's besieged and threatened Christians AUSTRALIA - The government of Afghanistan suspended two church-based aid organisations -- US-based Church World Service (CWS) and Norwegian Church Aid (NCA) -- on 31 May over allegations of proselytising. Both groups deny the charge, insisting they had adhered to the Islamic State's strict protocols. Leaving Islam (apostasy) is a capital offence under Afghan law and it is illegal to proselytise. The allegations emerged on 30 May via a privately-run Afghan television station, Noorin TV. The station broadcast video footage reportedly showing Afghans being baptised and participating with Westerners in...
  • Afghan president 'has lost faith in US ability to defeat Taliban'

    06/09/2010 4:28:50 PM PDT · by Cardhu · 43 replies · 153+ views
    Guardian ^ | June 9th 2010 | Jon Boone
    Afghanistan's former head of intelligence says President Hamid Karzai is increasingly looking to Pakistan to end insurgency. President Hamid Karzai has lost faith in the US strategy in Afghanistan and is increasingly looking to Pakistan to end the insurgency, according to those close to Afghanistan's former head of intelligence services. Amrullah Saleh, who resigned last weekend, believes the president lost confidence some time ago in the ability of Nato forces to defeat the Taliban. As head of the National Directorate of Security, Saleh was highly regarded in western circles. He has said little about why he quit, other than that...