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Afghanistan-NATO Negotiations

Afghanistan and NATO has started negotiations on a Status of Forces’ Agreement that would define a role for NATO forces in Afghanistan beyond 2014. NATO Chief Anders Fogh Rasmussen has said that the aim of staying NATO forces in Afghanistan after next year is to assist, advise, equip and sustain Afghanistan’s security forces. The Status of Forces’ Agreement between NATO and Afghanistan has begun at a time w ...

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The US softening Position on BSA

US President Barack Obama has backed down from the deadline he had previously set for the Afghan government to sign the bilateral security agreement that would allow a portion of US military stay in Afghanistan. According to reports, Obama is prepared to extend the end of December to a later date for getting the Afghan president Hamid Karzai to sign the much-awaited security deal with Washington. According ...

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A Cycle of Defiance and Tensions

President Hamid Karzai once again asserted on his position that he is not going to sign the bilateral security agreement, saying that the US was behaving like a colonial power. He lashed out at American pressures for signing the security agreement that was endorsed recently by an Afghan tribal elder’s assembly, the Loya Jirga. Karzai’s criticism of US pressures comes just after his trip to Tehran where he a ...

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Stop Reckless Approach towards the BSA

According to the reports, NATO and the United States have restricted delivery of oil supplies and other equipments for Afghanistan’s security forces. The Afghan government has called the move as against prior commitment of the US and the spirit of cooperation between the two countries. Though the extent of the blockade is not known yet, such a move from the US and NATO would increase the challenges ahead of ...

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Karzai’s Terms for BSA Signing Impractical: Abdullah

KABUL - Key opposition leader Dr. Abdullah Abdullah has termed President Hamid Karzai’s new conditions for signing a vitally important security deal with the US until after next year’s elections as impractical and personal. In an exclusive interview with Pajhwok Afghan News, the presidential candidate expressed his views in a broader spectrum about his future strategies if he wins the crucial presidential e ...

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Mishandling the BSA Negotiations

Despite that the Loya Jirga has endorsed the security agreement between Afghanistan and the United States, President Karzai is once again endangering a long-term Afghanistan-US security partnership by delaying sighing of the critical document. In an effort to resolve the last-minute differences and gauge the stance of the Afghan government over the security agreement after Jirga endorsement, US National Sec ...

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Why Delay in Signing the BSA?

The Loya Jirga endorsed the Bilateral Security Agreement (BSA) between Afghanistan and the United States, calling on President Karzai to sign the deal as quickly as possible. However, it seems that the president is going to delay signing the security agreement with the US, as he suggested in his remarks in the Loya Jirga. Whatever intentions the President may have from the delay, it does not seem to be in i ...

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Us – Afghan Strategic Agreement & Jirgas

A.J. Ahwar - There are many questions surrounding the strategic agreement between the USA and Afghan governments. What is the US view on the agreement? What are the Afghan government's benefits? what the elites of Afghanistan are thinking about? What the Afghan youths expect? What human rights organizations demand? What is the short-term and long-term outcomes of this agreement for Afghanistan? Why Jirgas a ...

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Loya Jirga: The Future of the Afghanistan at Stake

By Abdul Ahad Bahrami - The Afghan government is preparing for convening the Loya Jirga for deciding the fate of the Afghanistan-US security deal and the presence of US forces after withdrawal of the country by 2014. According to organizing officials, it is expected that the participant of the Jirga would soon be invited to come to Kabul for participating in the traditional gathering. The gathering is aimed ...

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Karzai Should Act Responsibly on BSA

President Karzai’s recent outburst at his US and NATO allies does not bode well for the ongoing negotiations over the Bilateral Security Agreement between Afghanistan and the United States. It indicates that the president may act irresponsibly in the ongoing efforts for signing a security with the United States and lead the negotiations into a stalemate which could virtually result to complete withdrawal of ...

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Fate of the Crucial Security Pact

The United States is once again trying to persuade the Afghan government to sign the Bilateral Security Agreement between Kabul and Washington that would allow presence of US forces in Afghanistan after 2014. Recently, a US official warned that the Obama administration expected the agreement to be signed as soon as possible. During his visit to Kabul, Ash Carter, the US Deputy Secretary of Defense said that ...

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A Major Security Overhaul Needed

In response to the adverse security condition in the country, Afghan security officials and NATO commander in Afghanistan gathered on Saturday in Kabul to discuss the security situation across the country. According to the reports, the participants were, General Joseph Dunford, the Commander of the NATO-led forces in Afghanistan, Bismillah Mohammadi, the Afghan Defense Minister and Mujtaba Patang, the actin ...

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The Crucial Security Pact

The fourth round of talks between Afghan and U.S. officials over a security pact, that would allow military presence of the United States in Afghanistan beyond 2014, will begin soon. Afghan officials expect that the talks would progress further, paving the way for preparing the draft of the security agreement. The security pact would define future course of security cooperation between Afghanistan and the U ...

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Negotiations over the Bilateral Security Agreement

After President Karzai’s remarks about permanent bases of US in Afghanistan, it seems that the two countries are inching towards agreeing on a bilateral security agreement that would define the future course for the presence of US troops in Afghanistan and security cooperation between Kabul and Washington. Afghan and US diplomats met in Kabul on Saturday to discuss the Bilateral Security Agreement. The meet ...

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A Robust US Presence in Post-2014 Afghanistan

US commander in Afghanistan, Gen. Joseph Dunford said Tuesday that the US and other members of the international coalition should keep a robust force in Afghanistan after 2014, stationed in Kabul and ‘four corners’ of Afghanistan. The top US military commander in Afghanistan warned about increasing uncertainty across the region as foreign forces begin withdrawing from the country. “Many Afghans have told me ...

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Prison Transferred, Kerry Undoing the Damages

After intensified rounds of talks between Kabul and Washington, the Bagram prison was officially handed to the government of Afghanistan during a ceremony held at the detention center north of Kabul. The transfer ended heated debates between the US and the government of Afghanistan, which strained bilateral relations between the two countries. Bismillah Mohammadi, the Minister of Defence, said in the ceremo ...

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End of the Bagram Prison Deadlock?

After weeks of negotiations, the US and the Afghan government agreed on terms and conditions of transferring Bagram prison to Afghan control. According to the Pentagon, the two countries have reached an agreement on the transfer of the prison and the detention center would be transferred to the government of Afghanistan by Monday. The agreement puts an end to a controversial process of talks over transferri ...

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The War of Words and Future of Partnership

It seems that the war of words between President Karzai and the US-NATO side is not going to end soon. President Karzai’s spokesman Aimal Faizi called the ongoing war on terror as futile, questioning the necessity for continuation of the war in Afghanistan. The remarks came after comments by NATO chief General Anders Fogh Rasmussen who labeled Karzai’s comments on US-Taliban collusion for prolonged presence ...

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Kabul-Washington Relations: Defiance and Tensions

Once again, President Hamid Karzai asserted on his position critical to the US, repeating the controversial comments on the handover of the Bagram prison and secret negotiations between the Taliban and the United States. During a visit to the southern Helmand Province, the President warned if the Bagram Prison was not completely transferred to the Afghan government, the Afghans would themselves consider a s ...

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Afghan Peace Efforts: Tensions between Kabul and Washington

In a major address about the state of the Afghan women, President Karzai said there were ‘daily negotiations’ going on between the Taliban and the United States. The president also condemned yesterday’s Taliban attacks, accusing the Taliban of working in concert with the US to convince the people that Afghanistan will need presence of foreign forces After the US-led NATO forces leave the country by 2014. In ...

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