/ Nov 23, 2014

Afghan lower house approves 12,500 NATO-led troops remaining

Afghanistan’s lower house of parliament Sunday approved agreements that will allow about 12,500 NATO-led troops to stay on next year as the national army and police struggle to hold back the Taliban. U.S.-led NATO combat operations will finish at the end of this year, ...

With power-sharing deal signed, Ghani named next Afghan president

/ Sep 22, 2014

With power-sharing deal signed, Ghani named next Afghan president

Former finance minister Ashraf Ghani was declared Afghanistan’s next president on Sunday, hours after signing a power-sharing deal with his rival, Abdullah Abdullah, that ended a prolonged standoff over the disputed result. Allegations of massive fraud in the June 14 vote sparked a political ...

Afghanistan orders NYT reporter to leave country

Aug 21, 2014

Afghanistan orders NYT reporter to leave country

Afghanistan ordered a New York Times correspondent Wednesday to leave the country in 24 hours and barred him from returning over a story he wrote saying that a group of officials were considering seizing power because of the impasse over who won its recent ...

/ Aug 3, 2014

Afghan election audit restarts following delay due to holiday

An audit of results from Afghanistan’s presidential runoff election resumed Sunday after a holiday break, an electoral official said. The audit of more than 8 million votes is likely to take weeks, stalling an already much-delayed announcement of a new president to replace Hamid ...

Jul 10, 2014

Afghanistan’s election quagmire

Allegations of vote fraud in the second round of Afghanistan's presidential election threaten to hobble the Kabul government as the Taliban step up their attacks.

U.S. hails Afghan voters for defying Taliban threat

/ Jun 15, 2014

U.S. hails Afghan voters for defying Taliban threat

The United States praised millions of Afghan voters who defied Taliban threats and attacks to vote in a presidential runoff election securing the country’s first democratic transfer of power, with counting beginning Sunday. With turnout higher than expected after a largely peaceful day of ...

Obama makes surprise visit to U.S. troops stationed in Afghanistan

May 26, 2014

Obama makes surprise visit to U.S. troops stationed in Afghanistan

After paying a surprise visit Sunday to soldiers fighting the last battles of America’s longest war, U.S. President Barack Obama promised a decision on post-2014 troop numbers in Afghanistan “fairly shortly.” Obama made a covert night-time trip from the White House to Bagram Air ...

Apr 29, 2014

Building hope in Afghanistan

More than 55 percent of an estimated 12 million eligible Afghan voters turned out for the presidential election earlier this month, braving Taliban attacks against polling stations. That's up from the 30 to 35 percent turnout in 2009.