Politics of Afghanistan http://www.globalpost.com/taxonomy/term/23762/all en As Obama, Karzai meet, Afghan peace efforts show flickers of life http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130108/obama-karzai-meet-afghan-peace-efforts-show-flickers-life <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p><body></body></p> <p>* Crucial meeting set for Friday</p> <p>* Hopes resurrected for negotiated end to decades of war</p> <p>* Peace matters most delicate item on a long agenda</p> <p>By Warren Strobel and Mehreen Zahra-Malik</p> <p>WASHINGTON/ISLAMABAD, Jan 8 (Reuters) - President Barack<br /> Obama and Afghan President Hamid Karzai will discuss matters of<br /> war, including future U.S. troop levels and Afghanistan's army,<br /> when they meet on Friday, but matters of peace may be the most<br /> delicate item on their long agenda.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130108/obama-karzai-meet-afghan-peace-efforts-show-flickers-life" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Afghan Peace Jirga Afghanistan Asia Business Diplomatic Relations Entertainment Environment Hamid Karzai Hamid Karzai Health Pashtun people Person Career Person Communication Politics Politics of Afghanistan Quotation Taliban Technology War War in Afghanistan Thomson Reuters Tue, 08 Jan 2013 13:39:56 +0000 5731465 at http://www.globalpost.com UPDATE 1-Pakistan says it will free all Afghan Taliban detainees http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130118/update-1-pakistan-says-it-will-free-all-afghan-taliban-detainee <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>(Adds more quotes, detail, background)</p> <p>By Stanley Carvalho</p> <p>ABU DHABI, Jan 18 (Reuters) - Pakistan plans to release all Afghan Taliban prisoners still in its detention, including the group's former second-in-command, an official said on Friday, in the clearest signal yet that it backs reconciliation efforts.</p> <p>Regional power Pakistan is seen as critical to the success of U.S. and Afghan efforts to bring stability to Afghanistan, a task gaining urgency as the end of the U.S. combat mission in 2014 draws closer.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130118/update-1-pakistan-says-it-will-free-all-afghan-taliban-detainee" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Government Pashtun people Politics of Afghanistan Thomson Reuters Fri, 18 Jan 2013 16:15:36 +0000 5736202 at http://www.globalpost.com U.N. report finds torture of Afghan detainees, secret sites http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130120/un-report-finds-torture-afghan-detainees-secret-sites <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>By Dylan Welch</p> <p>KABUL, Jan 20 (Reuters) - Almost a third of all detainees recently transferred to Afghan control have been tortured and Afghanistan's spy agency is operating secret facilities to avoid international scrutiny, a United Nations report released on Sunday said.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130120/un-report-finds-torture-afghan-detainees-secret-sites" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Asia Politics of Afghanistan War in Afghanistan Thomson Reuters Sun, 20 Jan 2013 19:46:11 +0000 5736963 at http://www.globalpost.com Afghan Taliban claim responsibility for ongoing attack in Kabul http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130120/blank-headline-received-12 <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>KABUL, Jan 21 (Reuters) - - The Afghan Taliban claimed responsibility for a coordinated attack on a government building in Kabul on Monday, its spokesman said in a text message to media.</p> <p>"Today at 5 o'clock in the morning (0130 GMT) a number of mujahideen martyrs entered a government building close to an American training centre... Heavy fighting is ongoing," spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid said.</p> <p>(Reporting by Mirwais Harooni, writing by Dylan Welch, editing by Amie Ferris-Rotman)</p> Politics of Afghanistan Taliban Year of birth missing Thomson Reuters Mon, 21 Jan 2013 03:45:24 +0000 5737071 at http://www.globalpost.com Clinton to continue her work for Afghan women http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130131/clinton-continue-her-work-afghan-women-0 <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Outgoing Secretary of State Hillary Clinton warned Thursday that the United States remains very concerned about the future of women in Afghanistan as US troops prepare to leave the country.</p> <p>She pledged to keep the "issue front and center" revealing for the first time that she will stay on as co-chair for the US-Afghan Women's Council based at Georgetown University after she steps down Friday as America's top diplomat.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130131/clinton-continue-her-work-afghan-women-0" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Asia Hillary Clinton Politics Politics of Afghanistan AFP Fri, 01 Feb 2013 02:45:36 +0000 5742477 at http://www.globalpost.com Taliban spokesman dismisses London talks on Afghan war http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130206/taliban-spokesman-dismisses-london-talks-afghan-war <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>A Taliban spokesman on Wednesday dismissed the outcome of a conference in London between the leaders of Afghanistan, Pakistan and Britain which aimed to work towards a peace deal within six months.</p> <p>The conference and other "horse trading" were "the real obstacles of effective and fruitful negotiations between the factual sides", Zabihullah Mujahid wrote on the Islamists' website.</p> <p>This is apparently a reference to the Taliban's repeated demand that any peace negotiations should be between itself and the United States.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130206/taliban-spokesman-dismisses-london-talks-afghan-war" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Politics of Afghanistan Taliban Taliban Technology Year of birth missing AFP Wed, 06 Feb 2013 13:00:38 +0000 5747494 at http://www.globalpost.com Taliban spokesman dismisses London talks on Afghan war http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130206/taliban-spokesman-dismisses-london-talks-afghan-war-0 <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>A Taliban spokesman on Wednesday dismissed the outcome of a conference in London between the leaders of Afghanistan, Pakistan and Britain which aimed to work towards a peace deal within six months.</p> <p>But Zabihullah Mujahid, writing on the militia's website, did not appear to reject the possibility of progress in other peace talks. </p> <p>The Taliban have demanded that any negotiations should be between themselves and the United States.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130206/taliban-spokesman-dismisses-london-talks-afghan-war-0" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Asia Disaster Politics Politics of Afghanistan Taliban Technology War AFP Wed, 06 Feb 2013 14:01:11 +0000 5747563 at http://www.globalpost.com Afghan corruption worth twice government revenue-report http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130207/afghan-corruption-worth-twice-government-revenue-report <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>By Dylan Welch</p> <p>KABUL, Feb 7 (Reuters) - A figure equal to twice the Afghan government's domestic revenue - $3.9 billion - was gouged from the country by public sector corruption last year, a U.N. report said on Thursday.</p> <p>This amount is also roughly equal to the annual aid pledged to Afghanistan until 2015 by the international community at last year's Tokyo Conference.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130207/afghan-corruption-worth-twice-government-revenue-report" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Asia Pashtun people Politics of Afghanistan Thomson Reuters Thu, 07 Feb 2013 19:01:04 +0000 5749262 at http://www.globalpost.com INTERVIEW-Exiting US general says Afghan women's rights are key http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130209/interview-exiting-us-general-says-afghan-womens-rights-are-key <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>By Amie Ferris-Rotman</p> <p>KABUL, Feb 9 (Reuters) - Advancing women's rights in Afghanistan is key to preventing the Taliban from reimposing a radical form of Islam once most foreign troops leave by the end of 2014, the commander of U.S. and NATO forces said on Saturday.</p> <p>Afghan women have won back basic rights in education, voting and employment since the Taliban were ousted in 2001, but fears are growing such gains could be traded away as Western forces prepare to leave and the Afghan government seeks peace talks with the group.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130209/interview-exiting-us-general-says-afghan-womens-rights-are-key" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Asia Business Entertainment Environment Health Politics Politics of Afghanistan War in Afghanistan Thomson Reuters Sat, 09 Feb 2013 20:45:44 +0000 5751349 at http://www.globalpost.com Dunford takes charge of NATO in Afghanistan http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130210/dunford-takes-charge-nato-afghanistan <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>US General Joseph Dunford assumed command of NATO forces in Afghanistan on Sunday, taking over from General John Allen as the coalition prepares to withdraw the bulk of its combat troops by next year.</p> <p>Marine general Dunford will likely be the last commander of the United States' longest war, tasked with bringing forces home after more than 11 years and overseeing the transfer of Afghan security duties to local forces.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130210/dunford-takes-charge-nato-afghanistan" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Asia Business Politics of Afghanistan War War in Afghanistan AFP Sun, 10 Feb 2013 08:00:44 +0000 5751571 at http://www.globalpost.com Obama honors Afghan veteran who fought fierce gunbattle http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130211/obama-honors-afghan-veteran-who-fought-fierce-gunbattle <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>President Barack Obama praised the humble heroism of US soldier Clinton Romesha on Monday, awarding him a Medal of Honor for his actions in one of the most desperate firefights of the Afghan war.</p> <p>Army Staff Sergeant Romesha, 31, fought off fierce enemy fire despite being wounded, in a 12-hour siege of an exposed mountain outpost in 2009 in which 53 American soldiers were pinned down by 300 Taliban fighters.</p> <p>Eight Americans died and 22 were wounded in fighting that Obama described "as one of the most intense battles of the entire war in Afghanistan."</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130211/obama-honors-afghan-veteran-who-fought-fierce-gunbattle" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Business Clinton Romesha Entertainment Environment Health Politics Politics of Afghanistan Taliban War in Afghanistan AFP Mon, 11 Feb 2013 21:02:52 +0000 5753067 at http://www.globalpost.com Afghan villagers rise up against Taliban in Kandahar http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130212/afghan-villagers-rise-against-taliban-kandahar <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Dozens of Afghan villagers have taken up arms against the Taliban in one of their key southern heartlands, the latest in a series of such uprisings, villagers and officials say.</p> <p>Analysts caution that the movements could be attempts by local militia leaders to reassert their authority ahead of the 2014 withdrawal of NATO troops, or could be orchestrated as part of a government strategy.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130212/afghan-villagers-rise-against-taliban-kandahar" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Islamism Politics of Afghanistan Provinces of Afghanistan Taliban War AFP Tue, 12 Feb 2013 14:45:36 +0000 5753583 at http://www.globalpost.com 34,000 US troops home from Afghanistan in next year: source http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130212/34000-us-troops-home-afghanistan-next-year-source-0 <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>US President Barack Obama will announce in his State of the Union address Tuesday that he will pull 34,000 US troops home from Afghanistan in the next year, a source familiar with his speech said.</p> <p>The long-awaited move will effectively halve the size of the current 66,000-strong US force in Afghanistan, ahead of a final withdrawal of most foreign combat troops by the end of 2014.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130212/34000-us-troops-home-afghanistan-next-year-source-0" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Asia Business Entertainment Environment Health Politics Politics of Afghanistan War AFP Tue, 12 Feb 2013 17:30:48 +0000 5753738 at http://www.globalpost.com Kabul welcomes Obama's troop withdrawal plan http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130213/kabul-welcomes-obamas-troop-withdrawal-plan <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>The Afghan government on Wednesday welcomed President Barack Obama's announcement that the United States will withdraw 34,000 troops from the war-torn country over the next year.</p> <p>"We welcome this," defence ministry spokesman General Mohammad Zahir Azimi told AFP. "We will take all security responsibilities by the end of 2013.</p> <p>"Our troops will replace them."</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130213/kabul-welcomes-obamas-troop-withdrawal-plan" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Afghanistan Barack Obama Politics of Afghanistan War War in Afghanistan AFP Wed, 13 Feb 2013 10:15:27 +0000 5754171 at http://www.globalpost.com NATO accused of killing 10 Afghan civilians in air strike http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130213/nato-accused-killing-10-afghan-civilians-air-strike <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>A NATO air strike killed 10 civilians, mostly women or children, Afghan officials said Wednesday, as Kabul welcomed President Barack Obama's pledge to withdraw more US troops.</p> <p>NATO forces said they were investigating the claims of civilian deaths. "We take every allegation of civilian casualties very seriously," a spokesman said.</p> <p>If the deaths are confirmed it will be another blow to the prestige of US-led forces as they prepare to withdraw combat troops from the war against Taliban Islamist insurgents by the end of next year.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130213/nato-accused-killing-10-afghan-civilians-air-strike" target="_blank">read more</a></p> North Atlantic Treaty Organization Politics of Afghanistan War War in Afghanistan AFP Wed, 13 Feb 2013 10:32:10 +0000 5754261 at http://www.globalpost.com