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Obama extends US military mission in Afghanistan into '17 when they met in Washington earlier this year. Obama sees Ghani as a more reliable partner than former President Hamid Karzai, a mercurial leader who deeply frustrated the White House.Obama's meeting with Ghani set off a months-long re-evaluation...
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Afghan warlord warns of Islamic State rise

...After the Taliban fall in the 2001 U.S.-led invasion, Khan became Herat's governor. Ghani's predecessor, Hamid Karzai, made Khan minister of water and energy in 2005 in an attempt to clip his wings, fearing he'd become too autonomous...
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Five US troops killed by friendly fire in Afghanistan

...joint operations and are responsible for calling in air support when needed. Because of constraints placed by President Hamid Karzai, such airstrikes are usually called "in extremis," when troops fear they are about to be killed.Airstrikes have...
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New debate is about bringing Taliban to table

...Taliban. In London, where nearly 70 countries gathered last week to help resolve Afghanistan's problems, President Hamid Karzai called for a tribal assembly that would include the Taliban and would seek "peace and reconciliation." The media...
The tragic death of Benazir Bhutto her bodyguards. A similar team has effectively (so far) contributed to the protection of Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai. According to Winsor, Bhutto deferred to her husband, who declined the offer, believing her adoring crowds and local...
Rumors of talks with Taliban are premature

...struck by how much hot air is expended on rumors of talks with the Taliban. If you believe the tales, Afghan President Hamid Karzai (or his brother Qayum) was talking to Afghan Taliban leader Mullah Omar's No. 2 man, Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar...
A US general's public pressure

...suggested that we focus on fighting al-Qaida and refrain from using our troops to prop up the government of President Hamid Karzai. But when this strategic option was raised at his presentation, McChrystal said it was a formula for "Chaos-istan...
Troubling signs in Afghanistan

...NATO conference in Portugal beginning in a week. Early indications are that the plan is based upon Afghan President Hamid Karzai's statements that 2014 would be when Afghan forces could take over their own security. Karzai has shown himself to...
Panetta assures Afghans of full probe into video

...laws of warfare and further strains U.S.-Afghan relations.Defense Secretary Leon Panetta called Afghan President Hamid Karzai to offer assurances of a full investigation and the top Marine general promised an internal probe as well as a criminal...
Outside editorial: Afghanistan, without illusion

...doubly hard to share Obama's upbeat tone after he signed a deal with Afghanistan's notoriously unreliable leader, Hamid Karzai, to prolong some kind of U.S. presence through 2024. Karzai is sometimes our friend, sometimes not. He has been...


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