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  • Afghan president fumes at prisoner deal made behind his back: source

    06/02/2014 12:55:31 PM PDT · by blueplum · 32 replies
    Reuters ^ | June 2, 2014 12:31pm EDT | HAMID SHALIZI AND JESSICA DONATI
    Kabul (Reuters) - The Afghan president is angry at being kept in the dark over a deal to free five Taliban leaders in exchange for a captured U.S. soldier, and accuses Washington of failing to back a peace plan for the war-torn country, a senior source said on Monday. The five prisoners were flown to Qatar on Sunday as part of a secret agreement to release Army Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl, who left Afghanistan for Germany on the same day. :snip: "The president is now even more distrustful of U.S. intentions in the country," said the source close to President Hamid...
  • Afghan president fumes at prisoner deal made behind his back: source

    06/02/2014 6:24:32 AM PDT · by Rusty0604 · 18 replies
    Reuters ^ | 05/02/2014 | Hamid Shalizi and Jessica Donati
    The Afghan president is angry at being kept in the dark over a deal to free five Taliban leaders in exchange for a captured U.S. soldier, and accuses Washington of failing to back a peace plan for the war-torn country, a senior source said on Monday. "The president is now even more distrustful of U.S. intentions in the country," said the source at President Hamid Karzai's palace in Kabul, who declined to be identified. The palace official also said Karzai was worried about further deals being cut without his knowledge Karzai's press office said in a statement that the U.S....
  • Does Hagel and Obama (WH) believe that the Taliban aren't terrorists?

    06/01/2014 1:14:03 PM PDT · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 32 replies
    6/1/2014 | Laissez-faire Capitalist
    1.) If they believe that the Taliban aren't terrorists, then is this behind their reasoning that no negotiations took place with terrorists in the release of Bowe Bergdahl for 5 GITMO detainees? 2.) If they state that there was a third party involved (Qatar) and thus neither side (the WH or the Taliban) spoke directly with each other, then does that constitute their position that no negotiations took place with terrorists? The problem with #1 is that when the WH slammed Karzai over some of his statements concerning joining the Taliban, what could/can the WH say to Karzai now? Breitbart.com...
  • Hagel: U.S. didn’t negotiate with terrorists in securing Bergdahl’s release

    06/01/2014 9:56:45 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 87 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | June 1, 2014 | David Sherfinski
    Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel said the U.S. did not negotiate with terrorists in the process of exchanging the transfer of five terrorism suspects for the release of the only American prisoner of war in Afghanistan. “We didn’t negotiate with terrorists,” Mr. Hagel said on NBC’s “Meet the Press.” “And I said and explained before, Sergeant Bergdahl is a prisoner of war. That’s a normal process in getting your prisoners back.” Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl was handed over to U.S. special forces by the Taliban Saturday, with the government of Qatar serving as a go-between. Qatar is taking custody of five...
  • Karzai refused to meet Obama at Bagram Air Base, says US official

    05/25/2014 7:26:42 PM PDT · by FreeAtlanta · 36 replies
    NEWS.YAHOO.COM ^ | 5/25/2014 | staff
    From Yahoo News: Bagram (Afghanistan) (AFP) - Afghan President Hamid Karzai was offered a meeting with President Barack Obama at Bagram Air Base outside Kabul but declined, a US official said Sunday. The official said that Washington was not surprised that the meeting did not work out at short notice, after Obama arrived at the base on a surprise visit after night fell on Sunday. "As we said, we weren't planning for a bilateral meeting with President Karzai or a trip to the palace, as this trip is focused on thanking our troops," the official said. "We did offer him...
  • Donald Rumsfeld: 'It does not take a genius'

    03/25/2014 8:30:48 AM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 61 replies
    Donald Rumsfeld: 'It does not take a genius' By: Tal Kopan March 25, 2014 06:13 AM EDT Former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld is blasting the Obama administration’s handling of Afghanistan, saying a “trained ape” could have done a better job in diplomatic relations with the country. “We have status of forces agreements probably with 100, 125 countries in the world,” Rumsfeld said Monday night on “On the Record with Greta van Susteren” on Fox News. “This administration, the White House and the State Department, have failed to get a status of forces agreement. A trained ape could get a status...
  • Rumsfeld: U.S. Ties with Karzai 'Gone Downhill Like a Toboggan' Under Obama

    03/25/2014 8:44:53 AM PDT · by Cheerio · 24 replies
    CNSNews ^ | March 25, 2014 | Susan Jones
    (CNSNews.com) - Donald Rumsfeld, who served as U.S. Defense Secretary under President George W. Bush, blames poor diplomacy by the Obama administration for the current strained relations with Afghan President Hamid Karzai."Our relationship with Karzai and with Afghanistan was absolutely first-rate in the Bush administration," Rumsfeld told Fox News's Greta Van Susteren on Monday. "It has gone down hill like a toboggan ever since the Obama administration came in."
  • Afghanistan’s Karzai Splits with US, Sides with Russia

    03/24/2014 11:08:18 AM PDT · by AU72 · 46 replies
    PJ Media ^ | March 24, 2014 | Bryan Preston
    Last week, Taliban militants stormed into the Serena Hotel in Kabul, Afghanistan, killing nine including children. The Serena was one of most heavily secured buildings in Kabul. The attack there follows many Taliban attacks on Afghan civilians and US forces, as well as Afghan forces attacks on American troops there. But today, Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai insists that “foreign intelligence agencies” are responsible for the Serena attack. The Afghan government held foreign agencies of intelligence responsible for an attack against a luxury hotel in this city that left nine fatalities and various injured. President Hamid Karzai’s management denied that groups...
  • In farewell to parliament, Karzai says Afghanistan doesn't need foreign troops

    03/15/2014 1:51:59 PM PDT · by moonshinner_09 · 12 replies
    .usnews ^ | March 15, 2014 | KATHY GANNON and RAHIM FAIEZ
    KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — In his final address to Afghanistan's parliament Saturday, President Hamid Karzai told the United States its soldiers can leave
  • US planning full Afghan pullout, Obama tells Karzai

    02/26/2014 2:06:43 AM PST · by Timber Rattler · 33 replies
    BBC.com ^ | February 25, 2014 | BBC
    President Barack Obama has warned his Afghan counterpart Hamid Karzai that the US may pull all of its troops out of his country by the year's end. Mr Obama conveyed the message in a phone call to Mr Karzai, who has refused to sign a security agreement.
  • Sowell: Another Galling Betrayal

    02/17/2014 5:10:33 PM PST · by jazusamo · 32 replies
    Creators Syndicate ^ | February 18, 2014 | Thomas Sowell
    The Afghanistan government's recent release of dozens of imprisoned terrorists, many of whom had killed Americans, was a galling betrayal of those Americans who died defending Afghanistan against the Taliban terrorists — as well as those Americans who have returned home with arms or legs missing, or with minds traumatized beyond repair. If we learn nothing else from the bitter tragedy of the war in Afghanistan, it should be that we should put an end forever to the self-indulgence of thinking that we can engage in "nation-building" and creating "democracy" in countries where nothing resembling democracy has ever existed. It...
  • Karzai releases American killing Taliban prisoners

    02/13/2014 11:11:49 AM PST · by LeoWindhorse · 8 replies
    Sword and Shield of Hawaii ^ | Feb 13 , 2014 | Sword and Shield of Hawaii
    Once again, proving that he is a better ally to the Taliban than to America ; Mohammed has refused every request to hold these enemy combatants. Now free to re-join the fight and kill more U.S. troops . I have an idea ; Take No Prisoners ( in the future )
  • Karzai Arranged Secret Contacts With the Taliban

    02/04/2014 7:06:18 AM PST · by Theoria · 15 replies
    The New York Times ^ | 03 Feb 2014 | AZAM AHMED and MATTHEW ROSENBERG
    President Hamid Karzai of Afghanistan has been engaged in secret contacts with the Taliban about reaching a peace agreement without the involvement of his American and Western allies, further corroding already strained relations with the United States. The secret contacts appear to help explain a string of actions by Mr. Karzai that seem intended to antagonize his American backers, Western and Afghan officials said. In recent weeks, Mr. Karzai has continued to refuse to sign a long-term security agreement with Washington that he negotiated, insisted on releasing hardened Taliban militants from prison and distributed distorted evidence of what he called...
  • U.S. Aid to Afghans Flows On Despite Warnings of Misuse

    01/30/2014 1:12:14 PM PST · by LeoWindhorse · 5 replies
    New York TImes ^ | JAN. 30, 2014 | MATTHEW ROSENBERG and AZAM AHMED
    With billions of dollars in American aid increasingly flowing straight into Afghan government coffers, the United States hired two global auditing firms three years ago to determine whether Afghanistan could be trusted to safeguard the money. The findings were so dire that American officials fought to keep them private. But the money has continued to flow, despite warnings from the auditors that none of the 16 Afghan ministries could be counted on to keep the funds from being stolen or wasted. The problems unearthed by the auditors are detailed in a report to be published Thursday by the Special Inspector...
  • Karzai suspects U.S. is behind insurgent-style attacks, Afghan officials say

    01/29/2014 11:58:30 PM PST · by LeoWindhorse · 7 replies
    WaPo ^ | Jan. 27 , 2014 | Rahmat Gul
    — President Hamid Karzai has frequently lashed out at the U.S. military for causing civilian casualties in its raids. But behind the scenes, he has been building a far broader case against the Americans, suggesting that they may have aided or conducted shadowy insurgent-style attacks to undermine his government, according to senior Afghan officials. Karzai has formalized his suspicions with a list of dozens of attacks that he believes the U.S. government may have been involved in, according to one palace official. The list even includes the recent bomb and gun assault on a Lebanese restaurant in Kabul, one of...
  • Afghanistan-US deal 'hinges on Taliban peace talks'

    01/25/2014 10:38:37 AM PST · by LeoWindhorse · 2 replies
    BBC World News ^ | 25 January 2014 | BBC
    Afghan President Hamid Karzai has reiterated his refusal to sign a key US security pact until a peace process is under way with the Taliban. "Afghanistan will absolutely not accept or sign anything under pressure," he said at a news conference on Saturday. [snip] "If the US is not willing to accept our conditions, they can leave anytime and we will continue our lives," he told reporters in the Afghan capital, Kabul.[snip] He called on the US to be a friend not a rival, but then compared them directly with colonial Britain in the 19th Century - imposing deals on...
  • Afghan president again demands US airstrikes end

    01/19/2014 10:27:02 AM PST · by LeoWindhorse · 11 replies
    Lexington Herald- Leader ^ | Jan. 19 , 2012 | AP
    Afghanistan's president says the U.S. can no longer carry out military operations or airstrikes and must jump-start peace talks with the Taliban before his country signs a security deal to keep American troops in Afghanistan after 2014.
  • Afghanistan agrees to pact with Iran, while resisting US accord

    12/09/2013 11:00:57 AM PST · by ColdOne · 20 replies
    foxnews.com ^ | 12/8/13 | reuters/AP/fox
    Afghan President Hamid Karzai agreed on a cooperation pact with Iran, despite continuing to resist signing a security agreement with the U.S., Reuters reported. Karzai made the deal with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani in Tehran Sunday. "Afghanistan agreed on a long-term friendship and cooperation pact with Iran," Karzai's spokesman Aimal Faizi said, according to Reuters. "The pact will be for long-term political, security, economic and cultural cooperation, regional peace and security."
  • Karzai: Obama Administration Said Taliban 'Not Our Enemies'

    11/28/2013 5:08:53 AM PST · by logi_cal869 · 29 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 11/27/2013 | William Bigelow
    (snip) (Karzai) "Last year, during my visit to Washington, in a very important briefing a day before I met U.S. President [Barack Obama], his national security adviser Tom Donilon, and senior White House officials, generals, and intelligence officials, the national security adviser met with me. He told me: "The Taliban are not our enemies and we don't want to fight them." "
  • U.S. says may pull out all troops as Afghan leader holds up deal

    11/25/2013 9:38:52 PM PST · by LeoWindhorse · 19 replies
    Reuters ^ | Nov. 25 , 2013 | Jessica Donati and Mark Felsenthal
    Afghanistan's President Hamid Karzai has refused to sign a security deal with the United States, the White House said, and Washington may have to resort to the "zero option" of withdrawing all American troops from the strife-torn country next year, as it did in Iraq. Karzai told U.S. National Security Adviser Susan Rice in Kabul on Monday that the United States must put an immediate end to military raids on Afghan homes and demonstrate its commitment to peace talks before he would sign a bilateral security pact, Karzai's spokesman said. The White House said Karzai had outlined new conditions in...
  • Afghanistan's Karzai rejects elders' advice to back U.S. deal quickly

    11/24/2013 8:47:00 PM PST · by LeoWindhorse · 16 replies
    Reuters ^ | Nov. 24 , 2013 | Hamid Shalizi and Mirwais Harooni
    An assembly of Afghan elders endorsed a crucial security deal on Sunday to enable U.S. troops to operate in the country beyond next year, but President Hamid Karzai left the matter up in the air by refusing to say whether he would sign it into law. The gathering, known as the Loya Jirga, had been convened by the president to debate the pact which outlines the legal terms of continued U.S. military presence in Afghanistan. It voted in favor and advised Karzai sign it promptly. But Karzai, in his final remarks to the four-day meeting, said he would not sign...
  • US close to suspending talks on Afghan future

    10/05/2013 7:29:23 PM PDT · by Timber Rattler · 6 replies
    Boston Globe ^ | October 5, 2013 | Matthew Rosenberg
    The United States and Afghanistan have reached an impasse in their talks over the role that US forces will play here beyond next year, officials from both countries say, raising the distinct possibility of a total withdrawal — an outcome that the Pentagon’s top military commanders dismissed just months ago. (snip) This week, the administration also considered sending Secretary of State John Kerry, who has a good relationship with Karzai, to personally intervene in the talks, US and Afghan officials said. But officials decided Kerry’s time was better spent on an Asian trip that President Obama canceled because of the...
  • BJP cautions US against peace talks with Taliban

    07/24/2013 12:29:42 PM PDT · by Jyotishi · 2 replies
    The Pioneer ^ | Wednesday, July 24, 2013 | PTI
    Washington - BJP has cautioned the United States against any peace talks with the Taliban arguing the terrorist outfit is unlikely to change its behaviour and as reconciliation effort would be a futile exercise. "The eagerness to engage with elements that want to return Afghanistan to the status of 'Islamic Emirates' in the hope that they would deliver, and in the process humiliating and weakening the democratic leadership, doesn't behove well for the region," the BJP President Rajnath Singh said yesterday. He was speaking at a conference on Afghanistan at the Capitol Hill jointly organised by the Foundation for India...
  • U.S. Considers Faster Pullout in Afghanistan

    07/09/2013 4:20:45 AM PDT · by Timber Rattler · 78 replies
    New York Times ^ | July 8, 2013 | MARK MAZZETTI and MATTHEW ROSENBERG
    Increasingly frustrated by his dealings with President Hamid Karzai, President Obama is giving serious consideration to speeding up the withdrawal of United States forces from Afghanistan and to a “zero option” that would leave no American troops there after next year, according to American and European officials.
  • Insurgent attack on Kabul guesthouse for U.S. personnel kills 8

    07/02/2013 1:31:39 PM PDT · by huldah1776 · 9 replies
    LA Times ^ | July 2, 2013 | Alex Rodriguez and Hashmat Baktash
    "Militants launched a pre-dawn attack Tuesday on a Kabul guesthouse serving U.S. engineers and military contractors, killing at least eight people" ************snip************** The Afghan Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack. In recent weeks, insurgents have ramped up attacks on both military and civilian targets, with several of the assaults and bombings occurring in the capital. ***********snip****************** A rift between Afghan President Hamid Karzai and officials in Washington has held up the talks. Karzai was angered that the U.S. did not insist that the Taliban renounce violence, communicate directly with the Afghan government and recognize the country’s constitution before being allowed...
  • America falls for Taliban trap

    06/29/2013 8:50:20 PM PDT · by Jyotishi · 15 replies
    The Pioneer ^ | Sunday, June 30, 2013 | Sushant Sareen
    With the US being too eager to hold talks with the Taliban, which opened their political office in Qatar recently, it’s now official that America's much-hyped war on terror is all but over. What does it mean for Afghanistan and the rest of the world, particularly India? With the 2014 deadline for withdrawal from Afghanistan fast approaching and the International Security Assistance Force’s military effort unable to break the back of the Taliban insurgency, the US appears to have concluded (one daresay wrongly) that it has run out of options for effecting a responsible and honourable exit from the Afghan...
  • Gunmen Attack Afghan Presidential Palace - Reuters Witnesses

    06/24/2013 7:54:43 PM PDT · by kristinn · 72 replies
    Reuters ^ | Tuesday, June 25, 2013
    SNIP A Reuters reporter at the palace said the attack began soon after 6.30 a.m. (0200 GMT) on the building's east gate. Reporters were gathering for a press event with President Hamid Karzai. SNIP
  • On ‘Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan’ Website, No Sign of Goodwill Ahead of Talks With U.S.

    06/23/2013 11:18:30 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 1 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | June 21, 2013 | 4:36 AM | Patrick Goodenough
    As the Obama administration tries to salvage its Taliban talks initiative, the group continues to boast of—and exaggerate—the battlefield exploits of the “Islamic emirate’s” holy warriors as they face “the invading terrorist forces” of the U.S.-led coalition and their Afghan “puppets.” Talks between U.S. and Taliban officials, initially scheduled to have begun in Doha on Thursday, were delayed after Afghan President Hamid Karzai reacted angrily to the way the Taliban presented itself at the opening of its office in the Qatari capital earlier this week. Karzai was unhappy that the Taliban declared the office to represent the “Islamic Emirate Of...
  • My hero son who won Victoria Cross died because of Army ban on weapons that damage Taliban mud huts

    06/22/2013 4:23:19 PM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 27 replies
    Daily Mail (UK) ^ | 22nd June 2013 | Mark Nicol
    A British soldier awarded a posthumous Victoria Cross died in vain because of an order to prevent damage to Taliban mud huts, an inquest will be told this summer. Colleagues of Lance Corporal James Ashworth – who won the UK’s highest gallantry medal – are expected to tell a coroner they were denied powerful weapons to take on the Taliban due to fears mortars and rockets could damage buildings. Soldiers from the Grenadier Guards will claim James died because he was forced to crawl to within a few feet of an enemy sniper in a mud hut while clutching a...
  • Karzai suspends talks with U.S. over Taliban agreement (US EXCLUDES Afghan Gov in talks w Taliban)

    06/19/2013 5:33:57 AM PDT · by Innovative · 60 replies
    LA Times ^ | June 19, 2013 | AP
    "The Afghan president on Wednesday suspended talks with the United States on a new security deal to protest the way his government was being left out of initial peace negotiations with the Taliban meant to find a way to end the nearly 12-year war. Karzai's statement followed an announcement Tuesday by the U.S. and the Taliban that they would pursue bilateral talks in Qatar before the Afghan government was brought in."
  • US to open direct Taliban talks

    06/18/2013 8:09:09 AM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 28 replies
    US to open direct Taliban talks The US is to open direct peace talks with the Taliban, senior White House officials have announced. The first meeting is due to take place in the coming days in Doha, Qatar, where the Taliban have just opened their first official overseas office. Afghan President Hamid Karzai said his government is also sending a delegation to Qatar to talk to the Taliban. The announcement came on the day Nato handed over security for the whole of Afghanistan to government forces. US officials said prisoner exchanges would be one topic for discussion with the Taliban,...
  • Defense IG: Obama administration “bureaucrats” trying to silence me about corruption in Afghanistan

    05/09/2013 10:50:09 AM PDT · by Nachum · 4 replies
    Hot Air ^ | 5/9/13 | Ed Morrissey
    In yesterdays hearings on Benghazi, Gregory Hicks told the House Oversight Committee that the State Department warned him about cooperating with investigators and retaliated against him for challenging the bogus talking points about a “spontaneous demonstration.” Mark Thompson further testified to being cut out of the loop after he insisted that FEST should be activated, and Eric Nordstrom dismissed the supposedly independent ARB effort as a whitewash aimed at protecting senior officials in the State Department. Those aren’t the only complaints coming from career professionals within the Obama administration. Politico reports that the Inspector General for the reconstruction of Afghanistan...
  • Nearing Afghanistan exit, US second-in-command sounds caution

    05/01/2013 7:10:30 AM PDT · by haffast · 11 replies
    Stars and Stripes ^ | April 30, 2013 | Heath Druzin
    KABUL — After three tours in Afghanistan, the departing U.S. second-in-command for the country stayed on message but sounded a note of caution at a farewell news conference Tuesday. Lt. Gen. James Terry referred to the main issues often cited by coalition leaders as markers of success in Afghanistan — increased access to education, healthcare and cell phone service for Afghans and the increased capabilities of the Afghan Security Forces. But he stopped short of predicting the demise of what has proved to be a stubborn insurgency. “I’m not going to make any predictions,” he said. “My first time here...
  • Millions in CIA 'ghost money' paid to Afghan president's office: New York Times

    04/28/2013 11:20:58 PM PDT · by LucyT · 12 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | April 28, 2013 | Jason Reed
    Tens of millions of U.S. dollars in cash were delivered by the CIA in suitcases, backpacks and plastic shopping bags to the office of Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai for more than a decade, according to the New York Times, citing current and former advisers to the Afghan leader. The so-called "ghost money" was meant to buy influence for the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) but instead fuelled corruption and empowered warlords, undermining Washington's exit strategy from Afghanistan, the newspaper quoted U.S. officials as saying. "The biggest source of corruption in Afghanistan", one American official said, "was the United States."
  • Taliban announces new Afghanistan offensive

    04/27/2013 8:58:42 AM PDT · by haffast · 6 replies
    UPI ^ | April 27, 2013 at 11:06 AM | UPI
    KABUL, Afghanistan, April 27 (UPI) -- The Taliban this weekend announced their summer offensive was officially under way in Afghanistan under the code name Khalid bin Walid. Khaama Press said Saturday the insurgents issued a statement warning Western military commanders they could expect a wave of so-called insider attacks as well as strikes against airfields and diplomatic targets. The Taliban also sent a message to Afghan security troops saying the best way for them to remain safe would be to refuse to serve the current U.S.-backed government. Civilians were urged to stay clear of foreign outposts. snip
  • Afghan relations with Pakistan at new low

    04/04/2013 6:51:55 PM PDT · by haffast · 2 replies
    Associated Press ^ | 4-3-2013 | PATRICK QUINN
    KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Afghanistan accused Pakistan on Thursday of placing unacceptable conditions on efforts to bring peace to the country after nearly 12 years of war, the latest in a series of barbed exchanges that has sunk relations between the two neighbors to a new low. A breakdown in ties threatens to hinder — or even paralyze — attempts to lure the Taliban to the negotiating table. That's a key goal of the United States and its allies as they work for a peaceful solution in Afghanistan ahead of the final pullout of foreign combat forces in 20 months....
  • 100 Billion USD in Aid Squandered in Afghanistan

    03/30/2013 8:01:15 AM PDT · by haffast · 13 replies
    The Fiscal Times ^ | March 6, 2013 | David Francis
    According to recent testimony by John Sopko, special inspector general for Afghan reconstruction (SIGAR), the United States has spent nearly 100 billion USD to rebuild Afghanistan in the last decade The decision by the United States Agency for International Development to scrap the completion of a dam project meant to supply electricity to Kandahar, the spiritual home of the Taliban in Afghanistan, is the latest and perhaps largest failure of the United States to use development dollars to create stability by building Afghan infrastructure. USAID had planned to spend $266 million to repair the Kajaki Dam, located in Helmand province,...
  • Kerry ‘Very Comfortable’ With Karzai Saying the Media Misconstrued His Offensive ‘Collusion’ Remarks

    03/26/2013 8:33:00 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 2 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | March 26, 2013 | Patrick Goodenough
    Afghan President Hamid Karzai now says his recent comments suggesting collusion between the U.S. and Taliban were misinterpreted by “the media,” and that explanation appeared to satisfy Secretary of State John Kerry on Monday, even though the contentious remarks were made during a nationally televised speech. Moreover, Karzai made similar insinuations during a meeting in Helmand province two days after the original March 10 speech, according to Afghan and U.S. media reports. After Karzai told reporters in Kabul Monday that his words had been misinterpreted, Kerry said he was “very, very comfortable with the president’s explanation.” … If Karzai’s words...
  • John Kerry, John Kerry 'on Same Page' as Karzai Over Peace Talks with Taliban

    03/26/2013 7:56:11 AM PDT · by lbryce · 3 replies
    Guardian ^ | March 20, 2013 | Emma Graham Harison
    John Kerry 'on same page' as Karzai over peace talks with Taliban Secretary of state makes surprise visit to Kabul in effort to smooth US ties with Afghanistan after departure of Nato troops. US secretary of state John Kerry made a surprise visit to Kabul hours after the US military handed over a disputed prison to Afghan control, reviving hopes that the often fractious allies may be able to smooth ties ahead of a crucial election and the departure of Nato troops. Kerry, who has a long – and, by US standards – unusually positive relationship with Karzai, said he...
  • U.S. General Puts Troops on Security Alert After Karzai Remarks

    03/14/2013 8:42:48 AM PDT · by lbryce · 6 replies
    New York Times ^ | March 14, 2013 | ALISSA J. RUBIN and ROD NORDLAND
    The American commander in Afghanistan quietly told his forces to intensify security measures on Wednesday, issuing a strongly worded warning that a string of anti-American statements by President Hamid Karzai had put Western troops at greater risk of attack both from rogue Afghan security forces and from militants. The order came amid a growing backlash against Mr. Karzai’s public excoriation of the United States, including a speech on Tuesday in which he suggested that the government might unilaterally act to ensure control of the Bagram Prison if the United States delayed its handover. An array of Afghan political leaders issued...
  • Karzai Bets on Vilifying U.S. to Shed His Image as a Lackey

    03/13/2013 10:49:20 AM PDT · by lbryce · 9 replies
    New York Times ^ | March 13, 2013 | ALISSA J. RUBIN
    The longest shadow in Afghan politics is cast by a traffic post that used to stand in Ariana Square outside the presidential palace: the Taliban hanged Najibullah, the last president of the Communist government, from it shortly after they marched into Kabul in 1996. That history, and the reality that every modern Afghan leader has been ousted or executed, has surely not escaped President Hamid Karzai as he faces what is expected to be his final year in office, and with the American military pullout well under way. Seeking a nobler ending than his predecessors after his long tenure in...
  • Afghanistan's Karzai criticizes U.S., exposing tension

    03/10/2013 12:51:07 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 10 replies
    Reuters ^ | 10/3/13 | Mirais Harooni and Phil Stewart
    Karzai's remarks, delivered during the first visit by new U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, further strained already fraught ties between Karzai and the Western allies who are fighting to protect his government from insurgents. The United States still has 66,000 troops in Afghanistan, down from almost 100,000 two years ago at the height of a surge ordered by President Barack Obama. Washington intends to withdraw most of them by the end of next year but wants to negotiate a continued, smaller presence. Speaking a day after two Taliban bomb attacks that killed 17 people, Karzai said the bombings served Washington's...
  • Afghan leader alleges US, Taliban are colluding [Karzai Stands up to Obama and Hagel!]

    03/10/2013 7:19:33 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 18 replies
    ap ^ | 3/10/13 | HEIDI VOGT and RAHIM FAIEZ
    Afghan President Hamid Karzai on Sunday accused the Taliban and the U.S. of working in concert to convince Afghans that violence will worsen if most foreign troops leave - an allegation the top American commander in Afghanistan rejected as "categorically false." Karzai said two suicide bombings that killed 19 people on Saturday - one outside the Afghan Defense Ministry and the other near a police checkpoint in eastern Khost province - show the insurgent group is conducting attacks to help show that international forces will still be needed to keep the peace after their current combat mission ends in 2014.
  • Karzai orders US special forces out of Afghan province

    02/24/2013 7:13:58 AM PST · by the scotsman · 108 replies
    BBC News ^ | 24th February 2013 | BBC News
    'The Afghan president has ordered US special forces to leave Wardak province within two weeks over allegations of disappearances and torture. The measures were being taken due to the actions of Afghans considered to be part of US special forces, said a spokesman for Hamid Karzai. The strategically significant, central province of Wardak has been the recent focus of counter-insurgency operations. A US spokesman said it took all allegations of misconduct seriously.'
  • Trilateral peace talks in Britain to send clear message to the Taliban

    02/04/2013 6:00:13 AM PST · by haffast · 2 replies
    Al Arabiya News ^ | Monday, 04 February 2013 | By AFP London
    Afghan President Hamid Karzai and his Pakistani counterpart Asif Ali Zardari held peace talks with British Prime Minister David Cameron on Monday which for the first time featured top spy chiefs. The summit at Cameron’s Chequers country retreat near London is aimed at boosting cooperation between Afghanistan and Pakistan, amid growing fears that a civil war could erupt when international troops leave Afghanistan in 2014. “This trilateral process sends a very clear message to the Taliban -- now is the time for everyone to participate in a peaceful political process in Afghanistan,” a British government spokeswoman said. snip The president...
  • 72% of U.S. Casualties in Afghan War Under Obama’s Watch

    01/13/2013 9:08:05 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 25 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | January 11, 2013 | Patrick Burke
    President Barack Obama said U.S. and coalition forces in Afghanistan will adopt a “support role” starting in the spring of 2013, to allow Afghan police and soldiers to take full responsibility of the country’s security, a nation where 2,053 American soldiers have died since the war started on Oct. 7, 2001. Seventy-two percent of those casualties occurred during Obama's first term. “And today we agreed, as Afghan forces take the lead and as President Karzai announces the final phase of the transition, coalition forces will move to a support role this spring,” Obama said Friday at the White House, alongside...
  • Obama, Karzai Call for “Taliban Office” in Afghanistan

    01/11/2013 6:39:51 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 97 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | January 11, 2013 | Fred Lucas
    The Taliban, which harbored al Qaeda in Afghanistan in the lead up to the 9/11 attacks on America in 2001, will have an office in Afghanistan and engage in direct talks with the democratic government there, President Barack Obama and Afghan President Hamid Karzai affirmed at a joint White House news conference Friday. “Ultimately security gains must be matched by political progress, so we’ve recommitted our nations to a reconciliation process between the Afghan government and the Taliban,” Obama said. “President Karzai updated me on the Afghan government’s road map to peace, and today we agreed that this process should...
  • Karzai blames NATO, U.S. for violence, corruption in Afghanistan

    12/06/2012 11:36:29 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 18 replies
    Yahoo! News ^ | 12/6/12 | Olivier Knox, Yahoo! News | The Ticket
    Afghan President Hamid Karzai blamed the U.S. and NATO forces on Thursday for some of the violence and the brunt of corruption that is rampant in his war-torn country. Karzai bluntly criticized allied tactics, declaring that terrorists won't be beaten "by attacking Afghan villages and Afghan homes." Speaking in an exclusive interview with NBC News, Karzai also said he had written a letter to President Barack Obama warning that Afghans will not permit American and NATO troops to stay past 2014 unless the U.S. turns over hundreds of detainees held at Bagram Air Base and a nearby facility. "I have...
  • Afghan president Karzai blasts anti-Islam film

    09/25/2012 7:09:28 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 10 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | Sept. 25, 2012 | Ashish Kumar Sen
    UNITED NATIONS — Afghan President Hamid Karzai on Tuesday said the production of an anti-Islam film and publication of cartoons perceived as insulting to Muslims cannot be justified as freedom of speech or expression, but that they also must not be used as an excuse for violence. “The world is shaken by the depravity of fanatics who have committed acts of insult against the faith of over 1.5 billion Muslims,” Mr. Karzai told the U.N. General Assembly. “We strongly condemn these offensive acts, whether it involves the production of a film, the publication of cartoons, or indeed any other acts...
  • The Lion Prowls in Afghanistan

    10/04/2006 6:10:55 PM PDT · by freedom44 · 23 replies · 773+ views
    Mens News Daily ^ | 10/04/06 | Slater Bakhtavar
    “What I want to say is that he was never an extremist, neither in his private nor political life. He believed that a modern moderate Islam could work in Afghanistan. He said that the extreme left or right failed in Afghanistan, since both had neglected the needs of the people. Therefore, we could not govern Afghanistan like any traditional Muslim country.” -Ahmad Wali Massoud regarding Ahmed Massoud Shah of the Northern Alliance. In 1996, funded financially and backed morally by their allies in Pakistan, the Taliban (”Students of Islamic Knowledge Movement”) emerged as the prominent force in Afghanistan after the...