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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 with the United States may make the fight more difficult this year, …Kerry, Rasmussen Expect Deal After Karzai LeavesRadioFreeEurope/RadioLibertyUS army chief fears complete troop withdrawal […]

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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 rest of the international military coalition in Afghanistan have shifted into a full-speed withdrawal …Next Afghan leader will sign security pact: KerryAFPAfghan leader to sign […]

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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 Afghan leaders don’t sign a bilateral security agreement. In an unusually blunt …US planning full Afghan pullout, Obama tells KarzaiBBC NewsObama threatens Karzai with total […]

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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 of the year if no security agreement is signed. Statements by the …Pentagon war budget request to follow Afghan policy decisionsReutersUS planning full Afghan pullout, […]

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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 the talks had now been suspended. In an unrelated development, at least 19 Afghan soldiers …Afghan Taliban kill 21 soldiers, suspend prisoner swap attemptReutersTaliban Attack […]

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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 minefield, got behind Taliban positions and launched their attack.After Soviet exit, Taliban says US will meet same fateThe News InternationalTaliban likens Afghans jihad against US […]

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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, the 25th anniversary of the Soviet withdrawal, Taliban spokesman Qari Yousef Ahmadi said …25 years after Soviet exit, Taliban say US face same fateTimes of […]

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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 anti-government unrest rocking the country. PHOTOS. Anti-government protesters take …Opposition ready to vacate seized Kiev buildingSeattle Post IntelligencerUkraine’s Afghanistan veterans at the frontline of protestsBusiness […]

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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 coalition forces and civilians. The U.S. military had expected the …US-Afghan ties so discordant, even vow to sign security deal hits a sour note (+ […]

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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 Times. KABUL, Afghanistan — Advocates say that women’s rights and security in Afghanistan …Afghan war takes rising toll on civiliansTehran TimesReport: Afghan civilian casualties rose […]

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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 pup captured during a raid last December. The doleful hound, believed to be …Taliban fighters capture military dog in Afghanistan, flaunt prisoner of war in […]

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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 the next president will have a closer relationship with the United States than …Campaigns start for Afghan presidencyHerald ScotlandAfghan presidential election campaign beginsBBC NewsAfghan Presidential […]

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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, with 11 candidates to replace Hamid Karzai, who cannot stand again.Afghan Presidential Campaign Kicks OffVoice of AmericaAfghan presidential election campaign kicks offThe Daily StarAfghanistan presidential […]

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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. There are 11 candidates to replace Hamid Karzai, who cannot stand again …Afghan elections offer Taliban an easy targetThe AustralianResult of unfair elections unacceptable: Afghan […]

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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 Afghanistan can ensure a stable political transition as NATO …Campaigning starts for Afghan presidential electionThe Sun DailyAfghan presidential candidate’s aides shot deadThe NationAfghan election campaign […]

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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 foreign involvement after nearly 13 years of war. By CASSANDRA VINOGRAD. The Associated Press.Political Candidate’s Aides Die in Afghanistan AttackNew York TimesAides of Afghan presidential […]

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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 funds, according to a pointed watchdog report released on Thursday. The lengthy …Afghan ministries incapable of managing US aidAFPObama administration slams report on potential waste […]

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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 force this summer that is tailored to assume a training …Karzai behavior blasted as ‘reckless,’ could threaten US-Afghan cooperationFox NewsFalling short on AfghanistanWashington PostAfghan Leader […]

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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 accept or sign anything under pressure,” he said at a news conference on Saturday.Afghan president: No pact without peace processBusinessweekAfghan president rejects pressure over US […]

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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 Kabul, police said. Islamist Taliban insurgents claimed responsibility for …Suicide bomb attack on Kabul restaurant ‘kills 14’BBC NewsTaliban Attack Restaurant Favored by WesternersNew York TimesKabul […]