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U.S. soldier kills 16 Afghan civilians

Anti-American sentiment in Afghanistan could continue to grow after a U.S. solider killed 16 civilians and wounded others in their Kandahar province homes Sunday morning. The soldier left his military base earlier in the morning and fired on two homes, according to the BBC. Afghan President Hamid Karzai announced that…

Congressman Rohrabacher wants Afghanistan’s Karzai investigated

The head of a US congressional subcommittee is asking a federal agency to investigate whether Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai is misappropriating foreign aid funding to benefit himself and his family. Representative Dana Rohrabacher announced on his website that he has requested an investigation by the US Government Accountability Office. The…

Afghan president calls for calm over Koran-burning

KABUL — Afghan President Hamid Karzai went on television Sunday to appeal for calm after five days of violent anti-US protests across his country over the burning of Korans at a US military base. Karzai “condemned with the strongest words” the treatment of Islam’s holy book and said the perpetrators…

Karzai invites Taliban leaders for direct talks

KABUL — Afghan President Hamid Karzai on Tuesday invited the Taliban for direct talks with his government, while urging Pakistan to facilitate negotiation efforts towards ending Afghanistan’s decade-long war. “In order to realise the objectives of the peace process, I invite the leadership of the Taliban to engage in direct…

U.S., Afghans near deal on post-2014 mission: Panetta

WASHINGTON — US and Afghan officials are weeks away from clinching a security pact allowing an American military mission to stay in Afghanistan beyond 2014, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said Tuesday. The two sides still had to resolve disagreements over controversial night raids by US troops, which Afghan President Hamid…

Afghan night raid sparks anti-U.S. protest

KABUL — Hundreds of people took to the streets in a town in northeastern Afghanistan Thursday in protest over a night raid by Afghan and NATO forces that allegedly killed six civilians, an official said. A woman and a child were among the dead in the air and ground raid…

Taliban back peace talks but warn no surrender

Afghanistan’s Taliban insurgents warned Thursday that their support for peace talks did not mean they had surrendered in the 10-year war against US-led coalition forces. The comment came as the United States announced that it would send a senior official to meet Afghan President Hamid Karzai next week to see…

U.S. urges ‘responsible’ handover of Afghan prison

WASHINGTON — The United States said Thursday the transfer of a US military prison to Afghan control should be handled in a “responsible” way, after Afghan President Hamid Karzai ordered that the handover take place in a month. “We have been working… for some time with the Afghan government on…

Karzai welcomes Biden’s ‘Taliban not our enemy’ remarks

Afghan President Hamid Karzai on Saturday welcomed US Vice President Joe Biden’s remarks that the Taliban “per se is not our enemy”. Biden’s comments to Newsweek magazine last week caused uproar in the US, which has been fighting a 10-year war against the Taliban-led insurgency, but reflected an increasing focus…

Karzai says foreigners fuel Afghan corruption

KABUL — Foreigners are fuelling the problem of corruption in Afghanistan, a country already ranked as one of the most corrupt in the world, Afghan President Hamid Karzai said on Sunday. At a major international conference in Germany on the future of Afghanistan last week, Karzai pledged to step up…

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