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NATO investigating deadly Afghanistan helicopter crash

KABUL (Reuters) – NATO troops tried to ascertain on Sunday if Taliban insurgents had shot down a troop-carrying helicopter in Afghanistan, killing 38 people in the largest loss of life suffered by foreign troops in a single incident in 10 years of war. In what has proved to be a…

Long-term deal with U.S. must be on Afghan terms: Karzai

KABUL (Reuters) – Afghan President Hamid Karzai said on Tuesday that Afghanistan will only sign a long-term “strategic partnership” deal with Washington if the United States meets Afghan conditions including an end to controversial night raids on homes. He also pledged that Afghanistan would pay for its own armed forces…

No permanent U.S. bases in Afghanistan: U.S. ambassador

KABUL (Reuters) – The United States has no interest in creating permanent military bases in Afghanistan and does not want to use the country as a platform to influence neighboring countries, the new U.S. ambassador to Afghanistan said Monday. Washington is negotiating with the Afghan government on a deal to…

U.S. ambassador warns Karzai over criticism of West

KABUL (Reuters) – The U.S. ambassador to Kabul has issued a thinly veiled warning to Afghan President Hamid Karzai that harsh criticisms of the West could jeopardize the troops and funding critical to the Afghan government’s survival. Ambassador Karl Eikenberry said he found comments from “some” Afghan leaders “hurtful and…

Afghan president orders NATO killing probe

KABUL — Afghan President Hamid Karzai on Wednesday ordered an investigation into the deaths of six people in a raid by NATO forces over conflicting claims that they were civilians or insurgents. On Monday, the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) raided a house in the northern province of Sari…

Afghan leader condemns US ‘kill team’

KABUL — Afghan President Hamid Karzai spoke out for the first time Wednesday about the “heart-rending” media accounts of a rogue US army unit accused of deliberately killing civilians for sport. In his first public reaction to the scandal, Hamid Karzai said he wanted to ensure ordinary Americans knew about…

NATO air strike killed two Afghan children in east: officials

KABUL (Reuters) – An air strike by NATO-led forces killed two children as they were watering fields in Afghanistan’s eastern Kunar province late on Monday, an Afghan official and lawmaker said. The deaths occurred weeks after tensions between Afghan President Hamid Karzai and his Western backers were inflamed by the…

Obama to meet with Afghanistan commander Petraeus

WASHINGTON (AFP) – General David Petraeus, the commander of US and international troops in Afghanistan, will meet with President Barack Obama in the White House on Monday, US officials said. The Oval Office meeting, which will be closed to reporters, comes immediately after the US president sits down with Danish…

US view of Pakistan, Afghanistan at new low

WASHINGTON — US public perceptions of Pakistan and Afghanistan have sunk to new lows as the war campaign against Islamic extremism approaches its 10th year, a poll said Friday. Some 14 percent of Americans have a favorable view of Afghanistan and 82 percent hold a negative review, the Gallup poll…

Afghan handover could run past 2015 in areas: NATO

The military handover from NATO-led forces to Afghans should start in the first half of 2011 but poor security in some areas could see it run past a 2014 target, a NATO official said on Wednesday before an important summit. With attention focusing on the security transition from foreign forces…

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