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 … Read More

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 … Read More

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 … Read More

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 … Read More

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 … Read More

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 … Read More

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 … Read More

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, … Read More

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 … Read More

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 … Read More

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 … Read More

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 … Read More

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 … Read More

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, … Read More

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 … Read More

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 … Read More

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 … Read More

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 … Read More

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 … Read More

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 … Read More

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 … Read More

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 … Read More

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 … Read More