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US Secretary of State John Kerry makes surprise visit to Afghanistan

Kerry is due to hold talks with President Hamid Karzai in Kabul, where he "will make clear that the US will have an enduring commitment in Afghanistan that will last beyond transition," a US official said.

Afghanistan: Pakistani terrorist group Lashkar-i-Jhangvi blamed for deadly bombings

The Afghan government initially blamed the Taliban for the attacks, but the group denied responsibility. Then a spokesman for Lashkar-i-Jhangvi called a radio station claiming that his group had carried out the bombings.

At Bonn conference on Afghanistan, key players absent

KABUL — In his speech opening the conference on Monday, Karzai called for another decade of support, warning that Afghanistan could once again fall into civil war if funding needs were not met.

Hamid Karzai at Bonn talks: Afghanistan needs long-term engagement

Addressing some 1,000 delegates from around the world, Karzai said that while Afghanistan does not want to be a "burden" on its international supporters, it would require at least another 10 years of foreign help.

Afghanistan: 6 children, 1 adult killed in NATO air strike

Afghan President Hamid Karzai said he was "saddened" by the latest reports of civilian deaths caused by international forces in Afghanistan.

Anger as slain Afghan peace talks chief buried in Kabul

Rabbani was assassinated Tuesday by a suicide bomber hiding a bomb in his turban and claiming to carry a peace message from the Taliban.

Afghan ex-leader's death threatens peace

KABUL — The murder of Burhanuddin Rabbani, former president and chief Taliban negotiator, leaves an unclear path to negotiating peace in Afghanistan.

Defense Secretary Robert Gates confirms U.S. has begun talks with Taliban on Afghanistan

Though the U.S. and Afghanistan governments have confirmed holding talks with the Taliban, the Islamist group has said publicly that there will be no negotiations until foreign troops leave Afghanistan

Karzai: Petraeus apology for children's deaths "not enough"

Civilian casualties by NATO forces have caused significant tensions between Western forces and the Afghan people. Hundreds of demonstrators marched Sunday in Kabul as they chanted anti-American slogans and criticized the deaths by U.S. forces.
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