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Afghan president Hamid Karzai suspects U.S. secretly behind Kabul restaurant bombing

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 list of dozens of attacks that…

Afghan schoolgirl scarred in acid attack now a teacher

When attackers threw acid in Shamsia Husseini’s face outside her school in Afghanistan, she defied them by returning to class — and now she has struck another blow for female education by becoming a teacher herself. Shamsia suffered severe burns on her eyelids and cheeks in the November 2008 assault,…

Obama speaks to Afghan president three days after NATO strike kills children

US President Barack Obama on Tuesday spoke to Afghan President Hamid Karzai, for what officials said were regular consultations, three days after a NATO air strike killed 11 Afghan children. The White House announced the conversation, but would not divulge whether Obama mentioned the strike, which caused the latest of…

NATO air strike kills 10 children in Afghanistan: officials

A NATO air attack in eastern Afghanistan has killed 10 children, officials said Sunday, the latest case of civilian casualties which provoke great anger in the war-torn country. The children were killed during a joint Afghan-NATO operation in the Shigal district of restive Kunar province bordering Pakistan late on Saturday.…

U.S. surprised by Afghanistan’s demand to withdraw special forces

Afghan President Hamid Karzai’s demand that US special forces leave a flashpoint province came as a surprise to American commanders, who had no advance warning of the order, officials said Monday. It remained unclear what led Karzai to issue a blunt announcement that US special operations force would have two…

Australia to withdraw troops from Afghanistan early

Australia said Tuesday it will bring its troops home fromAfghanistan a year earlier than planned with most soldiers withdrawn in 2013 after significant security gains over the past 18 months. Canberra, a key coalition ally of the United States, has repeatedly said it intends to remain in the war-wracked nation until 2014…

U.S., Afghans nearing deal on night raids

WASHINGTON — The United States and Afghanistan are close to clinching an agreement that will give Kabul more authority over night-time raids, resolving an issue that threatened to derail negotiations on a long-term US military presence, US officials said Tuesday. “An agreement is days away,” a US official, who spoke…

Sgt. Robert Bales charged with 17 counts of murder in Afghan massacre

The sergeant who is alleged to have engaged in a masscre of Afghan civilians during a nighttime attack on March 11 has been charged with seventeen counts of premeditated murder, as well as counts of assault and attempted murder against six additional victims who survived their wounds. At least nine…

Republicans heap blame on Obama for Afghan crisis

WASHINGTON — A crisis in Washington’s relations with Afghan President Hamid Karzai sparked attacks Sunday on President Barack Obama, as Republican presidential candidates heaped blame on him for the troubles in the US exit strategy. Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney and former Pennsylvania senator Rick Santorum assailed the president on separate…

U.S. soldier could get death for Afghan shootings

The US soldier accused of killing 16 Afghans could be executed if convicted, the Pentagon chief said, as President Barack Obama warned a war-weary public against a rushed exit from Afghanistan. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta told reporters aboard his plane en route to Kyrgyzstan that the shooting suspect would be…

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