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Ahmadinejad urges unity against ‘aggression’

DUSHANBE — Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad called on regional powers Sunday to unite against “aggression” as he gathered with his counterparts from Afghanistan and Pakistan for security talks. Ahmadinejad said celebrations for the Iranian New Year holiday Nowruz showed that life only improved after a “hard winter” when friends joined…

@PresHamidKarzai Twitter account a fake

The Afghan presidency confirmed Monday that a fake Twitter account had been set up in the name of Hamid Karzai, one which described a US soldier’s killing of 16 Afghan civilians as an “act of war”. The handle @PresHamidKarzai, which began tweeting on Monday with the announcement: “Welcome to my…

Obama, Karzai discuss Afghan reconciliation moves

WASHINGTON — US President Barack Obama talked with Hamid Karzai Monday about Afghan-led reconciliation moves following the Afghan president’s talks with the leaders of Pakistan and Iran, the White House said. The telephone conversation also followed Karzai’s assertion in a newspaper interview last week that his government was involved in…

U.S. general in Afghanistan sacked over Karzai comments

A US general in Afghanistan has been sacked after accusing leaders including President Hamid Karzai of being out of touch and ungrateful for American support, officials said. Major General Peter Fuller, who was deputy commander of NATO’s mission to train and equip Afghan forces, had been dismissed after making “inappropriate…

Karzai: Afghanistan to back Pakistan if it wars with U.S.

ISLAMABAD (Reuters) – Afghanistan would support Pakistan in case of military conflict between Pakistan and the United States, Afghan President Hamid Karzai said in an interview to a private Pakistani TV channel broadcast on Saturday. The remarks were in sharp contrast to recent tension between the two neighbors over cross-border…

Some Afghan ministers have embezzled millions: anti-graft chief

KABUL (Reuters) – At least two Afghan cabinet ministers have embezzled millions of dollars of public money, the country’s anti-graft chief said at the weekend, adding to Western pressure on President Hamid Karzai to clean up his government. Donor countries say corruption in Karzai’s administration is endemic, and a fundamental…

Afghan women’s rights ‘at risk’ after war decade: Oxfam

Women’s rights in Afghanistan risk being forgotten as international troops withdraw and the government struggles for a peace deal 10 years after the Taliban were ousted, Oxfam said Monday. In a new report the NGO said women’s rights had improved in Afghanistan since the October 2001 US-led invasion, particularly access…

Afghanistan to probe Rabbani killing

KABUL — Afghan President Hamid Karzai Sunday appointed a team to investigate the assassination of peace envoy Burhanuddin Rabbani as officials insisted they were getting “closer to the truth” about his death. Rabbani, chairman of Karzai’s High Peace Council, was killed by a turban bomber who had purported to be…

Afghan government ‘question mark’ in war effort: U.S.

US-led troops have undercut the Taliban but the Afghan government’s performance remains a cause for concern, US Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said in an interview. “We have, in fact, seriously weakened the Taliban,” said Panetta, according to a transcript of his interview Tuesday on the “Charlie Rose Show” on PBS.…

Afghan president will not seek third term

President Hamid Karzai, who has been the only leader in Afghanistan since the 2001 US-led invasion brought down the Taliban, will not seek a third term in office, his palace said Thursday. “The constitution of Afghanistan does not allow anyone to run for the presidency for more than two terms,”…

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