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The Disagreements over Prison Handover

A planned program for handing over of the Bagram prison from US control to Afghan government has been cancelled. US officials has said that the plan was cancelled because the agreements between the government of Afghanistan and the US has not been finalized. The delay occurs when the US defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, the new US defense chief who is going to oversee the US withdrawal from Afghanistan, is vis ...

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Blessing in Disguise

The United Nation’s report on alleged torture of prisoners by Afghan officials brought transfer of inmates and prisons to halt by the United States. Delay in handover of the detention centers to the Afghan government strained relations between Kabul and Washington. Delay is the deadliest form of denial. Hence, policy makers in Afghanistan showed remarkable skepticism regarding change in attitude of US offic ...

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Knocking Pessimism on Head

Recent meetings of Afghan state officials with US authorities were termed successful by the Afghan president Hamid Karzai on Monday. But one could expect anything in the war-hit country. Those who were part of the delegation showed reservation over Washington’s promises that were made in Karzai’s visit. Afghan Finance Minister, Hazrat Omar Zakhilwal along with Defense Minister on Tuesday expressed their con ...

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Caution! Another Obstacle Ahead

Afghan President Hamid Karzai in his three-day visit to the United States tried his best to discuss all pertinent issues in order to secure Afghanistan’s interests before he completes his term. His efforts were infused with leadership skills and patriotism. He accomplished many goals—of important nature—such as transfer of US-run prisons to Afghan government and supply of modern military equipments to Afgha ...

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The Semi-Successful Talks in Washington

The Afghan delegation headed by President Karzai ended the Washington tour of negotiations on the future course of partnership and US military role in Afghanistan. After a meeting at the White House, President Karzai and US president Obama participated in a joint press conference, announcing an early handover of combat operations to the Afghan security forces which would take place the coming spring. Both l ...

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Finally the Deadlock Is Over

Afghan delegation led by President Hamid Karzai with a legion of other high state officials in the United States held important discussion to enhance bilateral ties while building consensus on issues of mutual interests. During the visit to Washington the delegation showed a rare manifestation of rationalism and took several steps to remove the deadlock that had taken place after searing issues related to s ...

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Kabul and Washington Decide Future Partnership

President Hamid Karzai left for Washington on Monday on a three-day official visit. Karzai and US president Barack Obama will discuss the future military presence of United States in Afghanistan and the course of partnership between the two countries. According to officials, the two leaders will discuss issues such as security transition, peace process, economic cooperation and political transition with sec ...

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President Karzai’s Withdrawal Call

Once again, President Hamid Karzai called on US-led Nato troops in Afghanistan to abandon Afghan villages. Talking at a conference of Afghan diplomats, the President said that the international coalition had come to Afghanistan to fight terrorism. The President has kept insisting that the safe havens of the terrorists are not in Afghan villages but they remain untouched beyond the borders. What is this call ...

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