More Afghanistan Articles

  • US struggles to resolve Afghan election crisis

    KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The United States struggled Friday to find a path out of a presidential election crisis in Afghanistan that has jeopardized chances for a democratic transfer of power, a central plank of President Barack Obama's strategy to leave behind a stable state after the...

  • Kerry arrives in Afghanistan to meet candidates

    KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The U.S. and its allies are growing increasingly concerned as Afghanistan shows signs of unraveling in its first democratic transfer of power from President Hamid Karzai. With Iraq wracked by insurgency, Afghanistan's dispute over election results poses a new...

  • Afghan aid is dropping, but how fast is too fast?

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Civilian assistance to Afghanistan was always slated to shrink with America's military footprint, but U.S. aid officials were caught off-guard when Congress, upset by testy relations with Afghan President Hamid Karzai, slashed civilian aid by 50 percent this year. War-weary...

  • UN: Afghan civilian death toll up so far this year

    KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The number of Afghan civilians, including children, killed in violence rose by nearly 17 percent in the first half of this year, compared with the same period in 2013 as the fight is increasingly taking place closer to homes in populated areas, the U.N. said...

  • The U.S. has spent $626 million on embassy expansion it may not need in this country

    "Construction requirements have changed, costs have increased, and schedules have been extended" over the past four years for the expansion at the U.S. embassy in Kabul, Afghanistan, GAO says.

  • Obama intervenes in Afghan presidential election

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama has taken the unusual step of intervening in a foreign election, asking both candidates in Afghanistan's disputed presidential race to allow the process for investigating fraud claims to go forward and threatening a cutoff in U.S. aid if...

  • Afghan candidate rejects election results

    KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Afghan presidential candidate Abdullah Abdullah defiantly told thousands of supporters Tuesday that he will declare victory in the country's election, claiming massive fraud was responsible for preliminary results that put his rival in the lead. The United States...

  • Kerry: Afghan power grab would mean US aid cutoff

    TOKYO (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry says any action to seize power illegally in Afghanistan would lead to the end of U.S. financial and security support. Kerry says suggestions of a "parallel government" in Afghanistan are a grave concern. Afghan official released preliminary...

  • Afghan officials: Ahmadzai leads in disputed vote

    KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Afghan officials released preliminary election results Monday showing former finance minister Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai well in the lead for the presidency but said no winner can be declared because millions of ballots were being audited for fraud. The announcement came...

  • Afghan candidates spar over release of results

    KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Afghanistan's election crisis deepened Sunday as the two presidential candidates sparred over the release of preliminary results and calls mounted for a broader investigation of suspect ballots amid allegations of massive fraud. The impasse has threatened to...

  • EU urges wider fraud probe in Afghan elections

    KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The European Union called on Thursday for a more extensive investigation into allegations of irregularities in Afghanistan's presidential election, citing "highly worrying indications of potentially widespread fraud." The statement came a day after the Afghan...

  • Suicide bomber kills 11 in Afghan capital

    KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — A Taliban suicide bomber struck a bus carrying Afghan military personnel in Kabul Wednesday, killing at least 11 people, officials said, as the militants step up their campaign of violence aimed at undermining the Western-backed government. The bombing came as the...

  • State Dept. special rep for Afghanistan to retire

    WASHINGTON (AP) — James Dobbins, the U.S. State Department's special representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan, will leave the position this month, the agency said Tuesday. Dobbins' departure comes as Afghanistan is struggling to determine the results of its presidential election, a process...

  • Afghan official: election results might be delayed

    KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The planned release of preliminary results from the runoff vote in Afghanistan's presidential election will probably be postponed, a spokesman said Tuesday, a move that comes as officials struggle to resolve an impasse over fraud allegations. Abdullah Abdullah, one...

  • Thousands of Afghans protest alleged vote fraud

    KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Thousands of supporters of an Afghan presidential candidate who has alleged massive fraud in a runoff vote marched Friday in the capital, suggesting the resignation of a top electoral official did little resolve the political impasse roiling the country. Abdullah...



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