More Afghanistan Articles

  • Afghan election hailed as Taliban threat remains

    KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Afghans and the international community hailed its presidential election as a triumph of democracy over violence Sunday, despite complaints about ballot shortages and sporadic fraud after millions of people braved a Taliban threat to vote for a new president. But some...

  • Defying Taliban threats, Afghans vote in droves

    KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Millions of Afghans defied Taliban threats and rain Saturday, underscoring their enormous expectations from an election that comes as the country's wobbly government prepares to face down a ferocious insurgency largely on its own. With combat forces from the U.S.-led...

  • Obama hails Afghan election as 'important milestone'

    President Obama on Saturday hailed the presidential election in Afghanistan as an “important milestone,” as the U.S. and allies ready to withdraw military forces. “On behalf of the American people, I congratulate the millions of Afghans who enthusiastically participated in today’s...

  • Afghans line up for blocks to vote for new leader

    KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Afghan voters lined up for blocks at polling stations nationwide on Saturday, defying a threat of violence by the Taliban to cast ballots in what promises to be the nation's first democratic transfer of power. Amid tight security, men in traditional tunics and loose...

  • AP photographer killed, reporter wounded

    KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — An Afghan police commander opened fire Friday on two Associated Press journalists, killing Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer Anja Niedringhaus and wounding veteran correspondent Kathy Gannon — the first known case of a security insider attacking journalists in...

  • Salon 'makes sense' of Fort Hood shooting with the 'crazy veteran' stereotype

    It was only a matter of time after the deadly shootings Wednesday at Fort Hood, Texas, before some media outlet would roll out the now-tired stereotype of the war-damaged, crazed veteran. In this case, it was Salon, which published a piece by Natasha Lennard purporting to "make sense" of the...

  • Jason Chaffetz rips USAID over 'slush fund' to Afghan government

    A U.S. House member from Utah expressed shock Thursday over what he called "lobbying money" paid to the government of Afghanistan in exchange for laws or programs the U.S. government wants but the Afghan government wouldn't otherwise enact. Last year, the U.S. Agency for International...

  • Afghan election could reset US-Kabul relations

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Afghanistan's presidential election on Saturday gives the U.S. a new chance to fix relations with Kabul, which are in deep discord after more than 12 years of war and repeated fallings-out between the White House and Afghan President Hamid Karzai. While many Americans have...

  • Top Marine warns: U.S. can't 'simply pack up and go home' from Afghanistan

    The commandant of the U.S. Marine Corps is warning Washington that there “will be no peace dividend” from withdrawing troops from Afghanistan, and he's cautioning against a hasty retreat from the country the marines have secured in time for this weekend's presidential election. “We...

  • Bomb kills 6 at well-guarded area in Afghanistan

    KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — A suicide bombing killed six policemen at the Afghan Interior Ministry compound in one of the capital's most heavily fortified areas Wednesday, part of a recent escalation in violence in the heart of Kabul. The bloodshed is threatening to scare voters away from the...

  • U.S. tax dollars may be paying salaries of Afghan National Police 'ghost workers'

    U.S. tax dollars may be paying for "ghost workers" on the Afghan National Police payroll, which receives a significant amount of its funding from the U.S., according to a letter from the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction to military commanders in Afghanistan.

  • Taliban abduct provincial candidate in Afghanistan

    KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Taliban gunmen abducted a candidate running for a seat in a provincial council in northern Afghanistan and seven members of his entourage, officials said Monday. Insurgent attacks elsewhere in the country killed 18 people, part of a spike in violence in the weeks...

  • Afghanistan's Karzai steps up Pakistan accusations

    KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — In a phone call with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, Hamid Karzai accused Pakistan of being behind a recent series of attacks and of blocking his government from striking a peace deal with the Taliban, the Afghan president's office said Sunday. Karzai routinely...

  • Mixed legacy for Karzai as Afghan president

    KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Afghans go to the polls next weekend to choose a new president, and that in itself may one day be considered Hamid Karzai's greatest achievement. There has been no shortage of criticism of Karzai in recent years. His mercurial behavior and inability or unwillingness...

  • Attacks threaten to undermine Afghan vote

    KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Taliban militants attacked the main Afghan election commission's headquarters in Kabul on Saturday, the latest in a series of audacious assaults threatening to scare voters away just a week before Afghans go to the polls. It was the third attack in Kabul in five days...



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