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A Third Option for US Engagement in Afghanistan

US President Barack Obama is deliberating over a third option for American military presence in Afghanistan: to leave about 10,000 troops for two years and withdrawing completely after 2016. This is while the day before Obama told American forces at Bagram airfield that the United States will continue supporting the people of Afghanistan. This is completely in contrast to the recommendations of American mil ...

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Obama’s Surprise Visit to Afghanistan

As the presidential elections in Afghanistan have overshadowed the US-Afghanistan relations, US president Barack Obama made a surprise visit to Afghanistan on Sunday. According to the reports he visited US troops stationed in Afghanistan as the country is declining its military presence and ending the long-lasting Afghan war. On Sunday, there were mixed reports whether Obama would meet Afghanistan’s outgoin ...

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President of US in a Secret Visit to Afghanistan

President Barack Obama secretly enters into Afghanistan under the cover of darkness Sunday for a weekend visit with U.S. troops serving in the closing months of America's longest war Obama is expected to spend a few hours at the main US base in Afghanistan – Bagram air field. It is yet not clear if President Obama will have a meeting with President Hamid Karzai during his visit to Afghanistan. This happens ...

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US Links Future Presence to BSA Signing

WASHINGTON: US President Barack Obama would evaluate his options on Afghanistan only after the bilateral security agreement (BSA) was signed, the White House said on Tuesday. "We will evaluate our options when it comes to a post-2014 troop presence dependent upon actions taken by the government in Kabul to sign the BSA," the White House press secretary said. Jay Carney told reporters at his daily news confe ...

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Act Now On Afghanistan, Obama Admin Told

An eminent think-tank on Monday asked the Obama administration to clearly inform the Afghan people and the incoming government about the conditions for continued support and make sure they accepted the American terms. "The Administration has already waited far too long to determine whether the US will stay in Afghanistan on realistic terms and to create clear plans for the kind of funding and advisory prese ...

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A Decade of Relations Without Definition

After the 9/11 terrorist attacks, the United States and NATO allies invested so much blood and treasure in Afghanistan. With eight months to the end of the U.S.-led mission there in its current form, the fatalities of international coalition in Afghanistan have reached 3438. The U.S. has suffered the highest fatality rate among the coalition—2320 Americans have died. In this long 12 year war against terror ...

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The Achievements of Past and Challenges Ahead

By: Abdul Maruf “Ghiasee” After months of heated debates and tireless efforts from all parties involved in the process, the first round of the election produced no clear winner, and the Independent Election Commission set 14 of June for the second round of the elections. The outcome of the first round of the elections has been hailed as a major achievement for Afghanistan and a remarkable victory for its na ...

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The Flawed Assessments of Reconstruction Projects

  US top auditor in Afghanistan John Sopko has once again highlighted vulnerability of Afghanistan’s reconstruction efforts after the US pulls out of the country by end of this year. The head of US auditing body for US aid in Afghanistan said Afghanistan would be lucky if it keeps the lights on after the US leaves behind a country with dozens of large-scale projects which are far from being completed. ...

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2 Suicide Bombers Attack ISAF Convoy

Two suicide bombers attacked an International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) troops in southern Kandahar province on Saturday. The attacks happened close to the Maiwand district centre at 3.30pm, causing no casualties, the governor’s acting spokesman, Dawa Khan Minapal, told Pajhwok Afghan News. The bombers detonated -- almost simultaneously -- their explosives-laden car and motorbike near an ISAF convoy, ...

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Obama offers assistance for landslide victims

    US President Barack Obama on Sunday called his Afghan counterpart to express condolences over loss of life in the May 2 landslide in the northeastern province of Badakhshan, the White House said.   “Karzai expressed appreciation for international assistance and described to the president the ongoing Afghan government response, to include visits to the region by Afghan vice-presidents,” th ...

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Don’t repeat Iraq mistakes in Afghanistan

  By John Boehner  Three weeks ago, I had the privilege of visiting our civilian leaders and military commanders, as well as our troops, in Afghanistan. It was my fourth trip to the country and a vastly different one than my first visit in 2007. Flying over Kabul at night, I was struck by the changes: Electric lights and even traffic are visible throughout the valley. I was encouraged by what I saw and ...

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Karzai: US and British Forces Run Illegal Prisons in Afghanistan

    Afghan President Hamid Karzai criticized the US and British forces in Afghanistan for running illegal detention facilities in southern Afghanistan. Karzai instructed the security institutions and Afghan attorney general to take immediate steps in order to close or transfer the NATO detention facilities in southern Afghanistan. The instruction by President Hamid Karzai was given after the Afgha ...

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Qanuni Asks IEC to Respect People’s Verdict

KABUL - The first vice-president on Tuesday asked the Independent Election Commission (IEC) to respect people’s verdict and prevent the use of unfair means. Speaking at an event marking the Mujahideen’s Victory, Younus Qanuni said the April 5 election had put Afghanistan on the road to a bright future. The IEC was duty-bound to respect people’s mandate, he stressed. Qanuni added masses had discharged their ...

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US Weighing Smaller Presence in Afghanistan

The United States may decide to leave a much smaller size of troops in Afghanistan beyond 2014. According to Reuters news agency, the officials in Washington are deliberating over presence of less than 10,000 troops in Afghanistan after the US-led NATO mission in Afghanistan ends by end of this year. This is the minimum size of troops American military commanders have demanded, and it was predicted previous ...

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Ukraine Crisis: US Position on Afghanistan Unaffected

WASHINGTON - The developments in Ukraine have not changed the US position on a post-2014 presence in Afghanistan, the White House said on Monday. “(On) Afghanistan, our position remains the same,” State Department Spokesperson Jen Psaki told reporters during a conference call. She said a remaining US presence in Afghanistan needed the bilateral security agreement to be signed. US President Barack Obama last ...

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President Karzai’s Renewed Anti-US Rhetoric

President Karzai once again criticized the United States in a harsh tone, saying that The latest remarks are considered a renewal of his refusal to sign the bilateral security agreement between Afghanistan and the US despite that it was approved by the Loya Jirga last year. Karzai’s move in intensifying the already tense relations of Afghanistan and the United States seems to be intentional with certain pur ...

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Afghan-US Relations in Nosedive Collapse

At a critical juncture of time for the Afghan war, the relation between the government of Afghanistan and the United States is in nosedive deterioration with the Afghan government resolved to confront the US by releasing Taliban prisoners and alleging false claims against the United States. The New York Times reported that the commission for investigation of NATO aerial strikes in Parwan province has provid ...

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Potential Terrorists Must Remain Behind Bars

Amidst controversies over release of Taliban prisoners, US military published documents illustrating backgrounds of dozens of Taliban prisoners who are deemed as dangerous by US officials. According to the records of the Taliban prisoners, some of them had been directly involved in terrorist attacks against NATO and Afghan forces while some others have been proved guilty during investigations by US military ...

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President Karzai’s Renewed Anti-US Rhetoric

President Karzai once again criticized the United States in a harsh tone, saying that he would not sign the deal unless the Taliban are brought to the table of negotiations. President Karzai accused the United States of exerting pressures on Afghanistan to get him to sign the security agreement which allows thousands of US troops to remain in Afghanistan beyond 2014. The latest remarks are considered a rene ...

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The Prospect of Afghanistan’s post-2014 Security

Only days after comments made by a British military official about the risk of some areas in south Afghanistan being lost to the Taliban after 2014, a US intelligence assessment suggests that there is a real possibility that the security achievements gained in Afghanistan during past twelve years may quickly start rolling back in the face of a Taliban resurgence after 2014. According to the National Intelli ...

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