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Afghan president accuses U.S. of conducting ‘psychological war’ against his country

President Hamid Karzai on Tuesday accused the United States of conducting psychological war against the Afghan people in one of his strongest attacks to date on Washington’s policy in his country. Karzai’s broadside came in an interview with French newspaper Le Monde amid a row over a security accord that…

U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel backs NATO force in Afghanistan post-2014

US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel told American troops on Sunday that he supports a NATO force in Afghanistan after 2014, as Washington and President Hamid Karzai wrangle over a stalled security pact. Hagel travelled to bases in south Afghanistan to meet troops a day after further tensions arose over the…

U.S. security advisor Susan Rice to meet Karzai over Afghanistan security pact

The US national security advisor is to meet President Hamid Karzai in Kabul, officials said Monday, as Washington presses Afghanistan to quickly approve a deal to allow some US forces to remain in Afghanistan beyond 2014. Karzai has hedged on when he will sign the deal despite a four-day “loya…

Afghanistan rebuffs U.S. demand to sign security pact

Afghanistan on Friday rebuffed a US demand to sign a highly anticipated security pact as soon as possible, insisting the document must wait until after next year’s presidential election. Washington warned Kabul on Thursday to sign the Bilateral Security Agreement (BSA) as soon as possible, with senior officials hinting that…

Pentagon chief Chuck Hagel seeks deal to keep 10,000 troops in Afghanistan

US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said Monday he hoped an accord on the future US military presence in Afghanistan would be in place by November, despite President Hamid Karzai’s refusal to be rushed. “I hope we’ll have that agreement by the end of October, because we just can’t move without…

Afghani accused of murdering and torturing civilian blames U.S. commanders

An Afghan accused of torturing and murdering civilians while working for US special forces denies the charges and says he followed American orders, according to a report obtained by AFP on Tuesday. Zakrya Kandahari, who worked as an interpreter, was arrested by Afghanistan’s premier intelligence agency around six weeks ago.…

Suicide bomber kills Afghan peace envoy and his son

A suicide bomber assassinated an Afghan peace envoy and former mujahedeen commander on Friday, in the latest blow to stuttering reconciliation efforts in the violence-wracked country. Maulavi Mohammad Hashem Munib, the head of the government’s High Peace Council in Kunar province, was killed along with his son and a bodyguard,…

Afghan women still being punished for ‘moral’ crimes: report

Hundreds of Afghan women are languishing in prison having been accused or convicted of so-called “moral crimes”, including “running away” and having sex outside marriage, campaign group Human Rights Watch said Wednesday. The report released in Kabul, I Had to Run Away, said that President Hamid Karzai’s Western-backed government had…

Obama campaign takes in $5 million in one day

US President Barack Obama, juggling dual roles as fundraiser extraordinaire and commander-in-chief, piled up a cool five million dollars in a lucrative single-day campaign blitz. In no other country is a leader expected to tend to a deteriorating war he is leading in Afghanistan on the same day as conducting…

‘Afghan soldier shot dead’ at scene of U.S soldier’s attack

An Afghan soldier was killed and a policeman wounded on Tuesday as gunmen opened fire on a government delegation at a service for 16 villagers killed by a US soldier, an official said. “One or more enemy were hiding there. When the delegation arrived they fired — one soldier is…

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