Vote might tip Afghan tribes into new war

| Apr 4, 2014

Vote might tip Afghan tribes into new war

Growing violence in Afghanistan’s southern province of Kandahar ahead of the presidential election next week highlights a rift between Pashtun tribes that could tip the country back into civil war. The fate of Kandahar, birthplace of the Taliban insurgency, is crucial. Some Afghans fear ...

Fraud fears grow over Afghan ballot

Mar 29, 2014

Fraud fears grow over Afghan ballot

by Kim Gamel

When Afghans select their new president next month, it will largely be up to tens of thousands of Afghan poll watchers to catch signs of ballot box stuffing and other vote-rigging that tarnished Hamid Karzai’s reelection five years ago. The international observer mission is ...

Rassoul boosted as Karzai's brother exits Afghan election

Mar 7, 2014

Rassoul boosted as Karzai's brother exits Afghan election

The brother of President Hamid Karzai dropped out of Afghanistan’s election on Thursday and endorsed former Foreign Minister Zalmai Rassoul, an announcement seen as signaling the current leader’s preferred successor. The first major move in the election campaign before polling day on April 5 ...

Obama: No Afghan deal means no U.S. troops past 2014

Feb 27, 2014

Obama: No Afghan deal means no U.S. troops past 2014

Frustrated with his Afghan counterpart, President Barack Obama is ordering the Pentagon to accelerate planning for a full U.S. troop withdrawal from Afghanistan by the end of this year. But Obama is also holding out hope that Afghanistan’s next president may eventually sign a ...

Taliban kill 21 Afghan soldiers in pre-dawn attack

Feb 23, 2014

Taliban kill 21 Afghan soldiers in pre-dawn attack

Afghan President Hamid Karzai slammed Pakistan for failing to eliminate “terror nests” after the Taliban killed 21 soldiers and kidnapped seven in a raid on a border outpost early Sunday. The attack in the eastern province of Kunar was the single deadliest strike on ...

Pivotal Afghan presidential campaign ready to begin

Feb 2, 2014

Pivotal Afghan presidential campaign ready to begin

The posters are printed. The rallies are organized. A televised debate is planned. Campaign season for Afghanistan’s presidential election kicks off Sunday, and the stakes are high for the 11 candidates vying to succeed President Hamid Karzai and oversee the final chapter in a ...

Karzai claims U.S. behind spate of Afghan attacks

Jan 29, 2014

Karzai claims U.S. behind spate of Afghan attacks

Afghan President Hamid Karzai suspects the United States may have backed insurgent-style attacks to undermine his government but has no evidence to support his theory, The Washington Post reported Tuesday. Karzai, whose relations with Washington have steadily deteriorated over the years, has compiled a ...