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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 election body throws out nine lawmakers

KABUL — Afghanistan’s election commission on Sunday threw nine lawmakers out of parliament in a bid to settle nearly a year of disputes over fraud-tainted elections that have paralysed the lower house. Although President Hamid Karzai tasked the Independent Election Commission (IEC) with making a final ruling, it was not…

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,”…

U.S. helicopter ‘crashed in Taliban trap’

The Taliban lured US forces into an elaborate trap to shoot down their helicopter, killing 30 American troops in the deadliest such incident of the war, an Afghan official said Monday. A total of 38 people — 30 US troops, many of them special forces, plus seven Afghan commandos and…

World fails Afghanistan despite spending billions: group

KABUL (Reuters) – The global community has failed to create a politically stable and economically viable Afghanistan despite pouring billions of dollars into the South Asian nation during a decade-long war against the Taliban, says the International Crisis Group. The Brussels-based think tank said the United States and its allies…

Suicide bomber kills Kandahar mayor

The mayor of Kandahar, the biggest city in southern Afghanistan and the birthplace of the Taliban movement, was killed in a suicide attack on Wednesday, police said. The death comes two weeks after the assassination of Ahmed Wali Karzai, the so-called “King of Kandahar”, who was a key strongman in…

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…

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