More Afghanistan Articles

  • Army to force out 550 majors; some in Afghanistan

    WASHINGTON (AP) — About 550 Army majors, including some serving in Afghanistan, will soon be told they have to leave the service by next spring as part of a budget-driven downsizing of the service. Gen. John Campbell, the vice chief of the Army, acknowledged Friday that telling troops in a war...

  • Obama driving American foreign policy off a cliff

    Last week, the Washington Post's Tehran, Iran, correspondent was arrested. The charges are unspecified, but according to the paper, Jason Rezaian, 38; his Iranian wife, Yeganeh Salehi; and two other U.S. citizens were detained.

  • Afghan electoral officials to restart vote audit

    KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Despite lingering disputes, Afghan electoral officials said Thursday that they will resume an audit of the presidential election this weekend after the presidential candidates sparred over how to disqualify ballots amid allegations of massive fraud. The recount of more...

  • As turmoil engulfs Middle East, American opinion of Muslims, Arabs slides to five-year low: Survey

    Public opinion in the U.S. of Arabs and Muslims has steadily deteriorated over the past five years, with a growing number of Americans saying they now hold an unfavorable opinion of both groups, according to a Zogby poll released this week.

  • Suicide bomber kills Afghan president's cousin

    KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — A powerful cousin of Afghan President Hamid Karzai was assassinated by a suicide bomber hiding explosives in his cap on Tuesday, a provincial official said. Hashmat Khalil Karzai was a staunch supporter of the president and had played an active role in the campaign to...

  • How the U.S. ended up giving weapons to the Taliban

    Hundreds of thousands of sophisticated U.S. military weapons given to the Afghan military are missing and may be in the hands of the Taliban, according to a government watchdog.

  • Outgoing Karzai says Afghans need new president

    KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Afghanistan's outgoing leader Hamid Karzai said on Monday that his nation needs a new president and urged for a speedy conclusion to the ballot audit that will determine his successor. In a speech marking the start of the Muslim Eid al-Fitr holiday that follows the...

  • Taliban attack Afghan police chief's home

    KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Taliban insurgents attacked the home of a well-known provincial police chief in restive southern Afghanistan on Sunday, killing a civilian and a border policeman before being shot dead by police, officials said. The six gunmen, all of whom were wearing suicide vests,...

  • Afghan Taliban leader warns against pact with US

    KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — In a blow to hopes for peace talks, the Taliban's reclusive leader warned Friday that a bilateral security pact allowing thousands of U.S. troops to stay in Afghanistan beyond the end of this year will mean more fighting. The Americans and NATO allies are winding down...

  • The U.S. spent $35 million trying to grow this crop in Afghanistan

    American Soybean Association was given $34.4 million in federal funds in 2009 to try to jumpstart soybean farming in Afghanistan, according to the government watchdog over American work there.

  • Afghanistan criticizes Pakistan; policeman killed

    KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The Afghan intelligence service accused Pakistan on Wednesday of stoking instability in the country by backing militants who stage attacks in Afghanistan. Spokesman Hasib Sediqi of the National Directorate for Security charged that recent attacks in Afghanistan were...

  • U.S. spent another $3m on an unused building in this country

    A storage facility in Afghanistan's Helmand province with a price tag of $2.89 million "has never been used," according to an internal government watchdog.

  • Unease in Congress, region over Obama Afghan plan

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Afghanistan's disputed election and Iraq's unraveling are giving members of Congress and U.S. allies in the region reason to think President Barack Obama should rethink his decision to withdraw virtually all Americans troops from Afghanistan by the close of 2016. The White...

  • Another $1.5 billion that may go up in smoke in Afghanistan

    As many of four out of five buildings the U.S. Army has built for the Afghan military, at a cost of $1.6 billion, face "significant fire hazard." The Corps says the Afghan soldiers are fit enough to run outside if there's a fire.

  • Afghan ballot audit starts; Kabul airport attacked

    KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Afghanistan's election commission began auditing ballots Thursday following a U.S.-brokered deal between the two presidential contenders while a brazen attack on the Kabul airport underscored the dangers the country still faces in its troubled democracy. The pre-dawn...



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