Grim Afghan future if no security pact, says general – Boston Globe

Boston GlobeBAGRAM AIR FIELD, Afghanistan — Depicting a grim future for Afghanistan without US help, the top US military officer said Wednesday that Afghanistan’s refusal to sign a security agreement…

Hard Talk Aside, Little Desire by the West to Leave Afghanistan – New York Times

New York TimesBRUSSELS — Listening to the Western defense officials gathered at a NATO meeting here on Wednesday, it would be easy to think that the United States and the…

President Obama pressures Afghanistan leader Karzai on security deal – Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles TimesWASHINGTON — Signaling his frustration with events in Afghanistan, President Obama ordered the Pentagon on Tuesday to step up plans to withdraw all U.S. troops by January if…

US planning full Afghan pullout, Obama tells Karzai – BBC News

BBC NewsPresident 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…

No bluff: US planning possible withdrawal of all troops from Afghanistan – CNN

CNNWashington (CNN) — We’re not bluffing, the Obama administration told Afghanistan on Tuesday in announcing it has started planning for the possible withdrawal of all U.S. troops by the end…

Taliban Says Talks Over US Soldier’s Release Suspended – New York Times

New York TimesKABUL, Afghanistan — The Taliban confirmed publicly on Sunday that they had been in talks with the United States over the release of an American soldier, but said…

Afghan soldiers die as Taliban attack checkpoint in Kunar – BBC News

BBC NewsTaliban fighters have killed at least 20 Afghan soldiers in an attack on a checkpoint in Kunar province close to Afghanistan’s border with Pakistan. At least one of the…

Soldier made famous in Super Bowl ad visits Fort McCoy – Ocala

Soldier made famous in Super Bowl ad visits Fort McCoyOcalaNadd, the pilot of a Blackhawk helicopter on at least 240 hours of missions in Afghanistan, gained notoriety during the Super…

Afghan forces have proved surprisingly effective – USA TODAY

USA TODAYCAMP LEATHERNECK, Afghanistan — It was a tactic that surprised the Americans almost as much as the Taliban. Afghan soldiers in two single-file columns picked their way through a…

Taliban likens Afghans jihad against US forces to Soviets 25 yrs back – Business Standard

Business StandardThe Taliban has called on Afghans to drive American forces out of their country, just like the USSR was defeated 25 years ago. In a statement released on Saturday,…

Ukraine protesters offer goodwill gesture after detainees freed – Channel News Asia

Channel News AsiaProtesters occupying Kiev city hall said on Saturday they stood “ready” to vacate the premises, in a gesture of goodwill after authorities released all those detained in the…

In Prison Release, Signs of Karzai’s Rift With US – New York Times

In Prison Release, Signs of Karzai’s Rift With USNew York TimesBAGRAM, Afghanistan — On Thursday at 9:10 a.m., the gates of the Bagram Prison swung open, and 65 men with…

US says freed Afghan prisoners are a threat to civilians, troops – Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles TimesKABUL, Afghanistan — Over strong U.S. objections, Afghanistan on Thursday released 65 prisoners it has said it cannot prosecute despite American warnings that they could return to attacking…

Afghanistan releases 65 ‘dangerous’ prisoners despite American protest – Fox News

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Taliban and Government Imperil Gains for Afghan Women, Advocates Say – New York Times

New York TimesAdvocates for women in Afghanistan see proposed laws and violent attacks as signs of an effort to diminish the status of women. Mauricio Lima for The New York…

UN reports rise in Afghan civilian deaths and injuries – BBC News

BBC NewsThe number of civilians killed and wounded in the conflict in Afghanistan rose 14% last year, the UN says. Nearly 3,000 civilians were killed and more than 5,600 were…

Dog of war: Taliban claims to have captured military canine – Fox News

Fox NewsTaliban fighters in Afghanistan have released video purportedly showing a captured allied soldier — a dog soldier that is, believed by Pentagon officials to be a British military service…

Afghan presidential election campaign under way – The News International

The News InternationalKABUL: Candidates for Afghanistan’s April 5 presidential election officially launched their campaigns Sunday with a series of rallies held in Kabul, but it remains to be seen whether…

Afghan presidential election campaign begins – BBC News

BBC NewsThe campaign for Afghanistan’s presidential election has been formally launched, with rallies for key candidates in the capital, Kabul. The election is scheduled to take place on 5 April,…

Afghan presidential election campaign under way – BBC News

BBC NewsThe campaign for Afghanistan’s presidential election has been formally launched, with rallies for key candidates in the capital, Kabul. The election is scheduled to take place on 5 April.…

Afghan Presidential Election Campaign Kicks Off – ABC News

ABC NewsCampaigning is officially underway for Afghanistan’s presidential election, with 11 candidates vying to succeed President Hamid Karzai. The April 5 presidential vote will be a crucial test of whether…

Presidential race a pivotal test for Afghanistan – The Seattle Times

The Seattle TimesThe April 5 vote is expected to be a historic moment for Afghanistan, its outcome seen as make-or-break for the country’s future and key to the level of…

NATO chief doesn’t see Karzai signing security pact – Reuters

ReutersMUNICH (Reuters) – President Hamid Karzai is unlikely to sign a pact for U.S. and NATO forces to stay in Afghanistan after 2014 and will probably leave the choice for…

Watchdog: Afghan ministries cannot properly account for how US dollars are spent – Fox News

Fox NewsThe U.S. government is keeping tens of millions of dollars flowing to Afghanistan despite a pair of private audits that found Afghan ministries could not properly account for the…

Military Plans Reflect Afghanistan Uncertainty – New York Times

New York TimesWASHINGTON — American and NATO military planners, facing continued political uncertainty about whether foreign troops will remain in Afghanistan after December, have drawn up plans to deploy a…

2014 State of the Union Address Full Speech Text

Remarks of President Barack Obama – As Prepared for Delivery State of the Union Address Tuesday, January 28, 2014 Washington, D.C. As Prepared for Delivery – Mr. Speaker, Mr. Vice…

Karzai: US and Taliban must talk – Herald Scotland

Herald ScotlandHamid Karzai has called on the US to restart peace talks with the Taliban or put at risk a new security agreement. Hamid Karzai has called on the US…

Afghanistan-US deal ‘hinges on Taliban peace talks’ – BBC News

BBC NewsAfghan 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…

Deadly Kabul bombing hits home in Chicago – USA TODAY

USA TODAYFamily and friends a world away were mourning Sunday as word spread that American Lexie Kamerman was among the 21 people killed in a bombing Friday at a Kabul…

Afghanistan’s first female police chief starts job – Philly.com

Philly.comCol. Jamila Bayaz, 50, talks to fellow police officers at a checkpoint as she makes the rounds of her district in Kabul. MASSOUD HOSSAINI / Associated Press. Travel Deals. $766*…

Taliban’s Kabul Attack Heightens Concerns – Voice of America

Voice of AmericaISLAMABAD — The death toll from a Taliban attack on a restaurant in Afghanistan’s capital has risen to 21. A suicide bomber who blew himself up and Taliban…

Afghanistan security probe after Kabul restaurant raid – BBC News

BBC NewsA number of Afghan officials have been suspended as an investigation is carried out into a suicide bomb and gun attack in Kabul that killed 21 people. The Taliban…

2 American university employees among Kabul dead – USA TODAY

USA TODAYKABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The American University of Afghanistan says that two of its U.S. employees were among those killed in a Taliban attack on a popular Kabul restaurant…

British nationals die in Kabul blast – BBC News

BBC NewsBritish nationals were among 21 people killed in a suicide attack at a restaurant in Kabul, Afghanistan, the Foreign Office has confirmed. Two Britons died in the attack, which…

Up to 15, mostly foreigners, killed in Kabul suicide attack – Reuters

ReutersKABUL (Reuters) – Up to 15 people, mostly foreigners, were killed on Friday when a suicide bomber blew himself up outside a popular Lebanese restaurant in the Afghanistan capital of…