Posts tagged as: afghanistan

Afghan officials rally behind McChrystal

Afghan officials rally behind McChrystal

Firing Gen. Stanley McChrystal would disrupt progress in the war and could jeopardize a pivotal security operation under way in Taliban strongholds in the south, Afghan officials said Wednesday. Afghan President Hamid Karzai expressed his confidence in the top NATO commander in Afghanistan at the end of a one-hour video conference Tuesday night with President [...]

Karzai: Issue of brother “resolved” with Obama (video)

Karzai: Issue of brother “resolved” with Obama (video)

On Thursday, Afghan President Hamid Karzai said he spoke to President Barack Obama about his half-brother’s role in southern Afghanistan and that he believed the issue was now resolved. US officials have voiced concern over the activities of Ahmad Wali Karzai, a powerful official with broad business ties in Kandahar, the southern city where US [...]

Karzai wraps up US visit

Karzai wraps up US visit

Afghan President Hamid Karzai is wrapping up a four-day visit to Washington with a televised give-and-take with Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton. The Obama administration has done its best to repair strained relations with the Afghan leader, its partner in the war against militants in Afghanistan. Meanwhile, Karzai will continue to seek to convince [...]

Kabul shopping center, hotel bombed

Kabul shopping center, hotel bombed

Officials said that Afghanistan’s capital, Kabul, was hit by a large explosion Friday morning. Abdul Ghavar Sayedzadar, a senior police official, said that the explosion occurred at the City Centre shopping complex and hotel, about 300 meters from the interior ministry. He added that the explosion was followed by a second one a short time [...]

CIA base bomber was a Jordanian informant

CIA base bomber was a Jordanian informant

The suicide bomber who killed seven CIA operatives in Afghanistan last week was a Jordanian informant who lured intelligence officers into a meeting with a promise of new information about Al Qaeda’s top leadership, according to two former US government officials briefed on the incident. The sources said that the informant had been working undercover [...]

Canadian journalist killed in Afghanistan

Canadian journalist killed in Afghanistan

Calgary Herald reporter Michelle Lang was killed along with four Canadian soldiers by a roadside bomb in Afghanistan. One civilian was wounded in the attack, which took place in Kandahar province. Canwest Publishing CEO Dennis Skulsky said in a statement, “Our thoughts and prayers go out to Michelle’s fiancé Michael and her beloved parents. Michelle, [...]

US troop surge will help calm Afghanistan—Milliband

US troop surge will help calm Afghanistan—Milliband

David Milliband said that US and UK troop surges in Afghanistan will ensure a “full-scale counter-insurgency” against the Taliban is possible. It is important that Afghans develop a “loyalty to their own state,” which needs a “thoroughgoing political strategy,” the British foreign secretary said. More than 500 troops have been pledged by UK to Afghanistan, [...]

Obama to lay out Afghanistan time frame

Obama to lay out Afghanistan time frame

Senior administration officials said Sunday that President Barack Obama plans to lay out a time frame for winding down the American involvement in the war in Afghanistan when he announces his decision this week to send more forces. The officials said that although the speech was still in draft form, the president wanted to use [...]