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  • Democracy? No, Afghans say, after vote count ends

    KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The ballot counting in Afghanistan's five-month-long presidential election is finished, but as negotiations continue over the country's future political power structure, many here are asking: Does my vote count? On Monday, the country's Electoral Complaints Commission...

  • With Obama going to war, Dems are suddenly hawks

    Democrats who were anti-war under President George W. Bush are much more supportive of military action under President Obama.

  • Corruption still huge in Afghanistan: SIGAR

    "This is astonishing, given that Afghanistan is one of the most corrupt countries in the world and a country that the United States is spending billions of dollars in," John Sopko said.

  • Former top general in Afghanistan to head coalition against Islamic State

    John R. Allen, who retired from the Marine Corps last year as a four-star general, "will help build and sustain the coalition so it can operate across multiple lines of effort in order to degrade and ultimately destroy" the Islamic State, Secretary of State John Kerry said in a statement this...

  • Massive U.S. aid overwhelms Afghans

    American officials have spent billions of tax dollars "setting up projects or programs that the Afghans cannot or will not sustain once international forces" leave Afghanistan, according to a government watchdog.

  • Afghans headed to 'narco-criminal state'

    "By every conceivable metric, we have failed," said John Sopko, the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction.

  • Thirteen years later, America has lost ground

    Islamic terrorists are in a much stronger position today than they were 13 years ago -- not "on the run," or "decimated," or set back even slightly by the death of Osama bin Laden.

  • Afghan president urges rival successors to unify

    KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — A remembrance ceremony devolved into raucous shouting by agitated supporters of Afghan presidential candidate Abdullah Abdullah on Tuesday, only minutes after President Hamid Karzai urged the country's two presidential candidates to reach an agreement on a new national...

  • 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.



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