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  • Ex-US diplomat Khalilzad contests financial probe

    WASHINGTON (AP) — A former U.S. ambassador to Afghanistan, Iraq and the United Nations has been caught up in a suspected money-laundering inquiry that led to a freeze on bank deposits he and his wife hold in Austria. Austrian officials said Zalmay Khalilzad, the founder of a global consulting...

  • Afghanistan's Abdullah rejects election outcome

    KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Afghan presidential candidate Abdullah Abdullah said Monday that he will not accept the expected official results of the election, breaking a pledge he made to the U.S. secretary of state and injecting new tension into an already drawn-out political process. Appearing...

  • Obama says Afghan power-sharing deal needed soon

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House says President Barack Obama has told Afghanistan's two presidential candidates that it's important to complete a power-sharing deal as soon as possible so the country can form a new government. A White House statement said a final agreement would help solidify...

  • Afghan candidate warns of unrest amid vote dispute

    KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — "Radicals" backing Afghan presidential candidate Abdullah Abdullah could foment postelection violence if he isn't given an equitable share of power, his spokesman warned Saturday ahead of a meeting with his rival aimed at resolving a monthslong election dispute. The...

  • Flight plan dispute puts plane on ground in Iran

    WASHINGTON (AP) — A commercial aircraft chartered by the U.S.-led military coalition in Afghanistan for a flight to the Persian Gulf city of Dubai was re-routed to Iran on Friday, apparently because of a mix-up over its flight plan, U.S. officials said. The plane was allowed to depart after...

  • Miscommunication blamed for deadly US mistake

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Avoidable miscommunication between U.S. air and ground forces led to a "friendly fire" incident in Afghanistan that killed five U.S. soldiers and one Afghan in June, according to a military investigation report. The incident was one of the deadliest friendly fire episodes of...

  • No formal plan to fight ISIS at NATO summit

    President Obama and British Prime Minister David Cameron discussed the ISIS threat Thursday during a car ride at the summit, and later with King Abdullah of Jordan.

  • Uncertainty of Afghan election clouds NATO summit

    NEWPORT, Wales (AP) — This week's NATO summit was long planned as a celebration to mark the end of combat in Afghanistan and the coalition forces' shift to a largely advisory role. But the still-unsettled Afghan election has complicated the event, casting doubt on the transition and leaving the...

  • Ignorance fuels the calls for war

    Advocates of the United States' armed interventions in the Middle East had no clue of the realities of society and politics in those countries — yet they acted as though they could foresee the aftermath of our invasions.

  • Taliban hit Afghan government HQ in east, kill 12

    KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The Taliban struck a government compound in eastern Afghanistan on Thursday in a dawn attack that included two suicide truck bombings and left at least 12 people dead, including 10 policemen asleep in their quarters nearby. The assault followed a stark message from the...

  • Inspectors in Afghanistan face 'obstructionism' from U.S. officials

    Gene Aloise, deputy special inspector general for Afghanistan reconstruction, said Wednesday that government should operate with a "presumption of openness" in responding to IGs' information requests.

  • NATO coalition in Afghanistan shrinking

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Alongside the exodus of U.S. troops from Afghanistan, soldiers who hail from countries like Singapore and Slovenia, Mongolia and Malaysia have been packing up too, leaving behind an ever-shrinking NATO coalition. The coalition has been fighting the war for more than a decade,...

  • Billions in U.S. aid can't be accounted for by Afghan officials

    The U.S. has struggled with the corruption in Afghanistan's government over the past 13 years, including having millions of dollars being diverted to the Taliban.

  • Taliban attack intel office in eastern Afghanistan

    KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — A suicide bomber in a truck blew himself up at an intelligence headquarters in eastern Afghanistan on Saturday, killing at least two people and setting off an intense firefight with security forces, officials said. After the bombing outside the headquarters of the...

  • With a splat, paintball fires into Afghanistan

    KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The hidden gunman, dressed in long green coveralls and a SWAT-team-style vest and helmet, looks ominous as he takes aim and fires off a short burst. But this isn't a Taliban attack in the heart of Afghanistan's capital — it's just a friendly game of paintball. The...



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