Afghanistan http://www.globalpost.com/taxonomy/term/23766/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 Thomson Reuters 5731465 at http://www.globalpost.com Pakistanis trucking NATO supplies to Afghanistan go on strike http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130109/pakistanis-trucking-nato-supplies-afghanistan-go-strike <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 Imtiaz Shah</p> <p>KARACHI, Pakistan, Jan 9 (Reuters) - Pakistani transporters who carry NATO supplies to land-locked Afghanistan have gone on strike, disrupting the flow of goods to Western forces in a protest against a new customs regime aimed at cutting theft.</p> <p>A spokesman for Afghanistan's NATO-led force declined to comment on how the strike might affect supplies. When Pakistan previously blocked supplies it cost $100 million extra a month to send supplies on longer, alternate routes, U.S. officials said at the time.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130109/pakistanis-trucking-nato-supplies-afghanistan-go-strike" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Afghanistan Asia North Atlantic Treaty Organization Politics War in Afghanistan Thomson Reuters Wed, 09 Jan 2013 13:15:31 +0000 Thomson Reuters 5732097 at http://www.globalpost.com UPDATE 4-Obama, Karzai accelerate end of US combat role in Afghanistan http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130111/update-4-obama-karzai-accelerate-end-us-combat-role-afghanistan <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>* Afghan forces to take combat lead in spring, not summer</p> <p>* U.S. public war-weary as Obama winds down in Afghanistan</p> <p>* Signs of narrowed differences after White House talks</p> <p>By Matt Spetalnick</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130111/update-4-obama-karzai-accelerate-end-us-combat-role-afghanistan" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Afghanistan Asia Barack Obama Business Entertainment Environment Hamid Karzai Health Politics War Thomson Reuters Fri, 11 Jan 2013 16:00:10 +0000 Thomson Reuters 5733212 at http://www.globalpost.com Seven Afghan civilians killed in mosque blast http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130113/seven-afghan-civilians-killed-mosque-blast <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 13 (Reuters) - At least seven civilians were killed in a blast inside a mosque in eastern Afghanistan overnight shortly after a joint foreign forces-Afghan operation in the area killed four Taliban fighters, local officials said on Sunday.</p> <p>The explosion occurred in the Sayed Abad district of Wardak province at about 2 a.m. local time (2130 GMT Saturday), said provincial governor spokesman Sahihullah Shahid.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130113/seven-afghan-civilians-killed-mosque-blast" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Afghanistan Social Issues Taliban War in Afghanistan Thomson Reuters Sun, 13 Jan 2013 09:45:20 +0000 Thomson Reuters 5733738 at http://www.globalpost.com Top U.S. Senate Republican wants 10,000 troops in Afghanistan http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130114/top-us-senate-republican-wants-10000-troops-afghanistan <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>WASHINGTON, Jan 14 (Reuters) - Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell said on Monday he thinks that 10,000 U.S. troops should remain in Afghanistan after 2014, when President Barack Obama wants to withdraw most combat troops.</p> <p>McConnell has just finished a visit to Afghanistan with a small group of his fellow Republican senators, his seventh trip there in the past decade.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130114/top-us-senate-republican-wants-10000-troops-afghanistan" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Afghan National Army Afghanistan Mitch McConnell Politics War in Afghanistan Thomson Reuters Mon, 14 Jan 2013 18:45:26 +0000 Thomson Reuters 5734307 at http://www.globalpost.com UPDATE 4-Coordinated Kabul suicide attack targets govt building http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130120/update-1-triple-suicide-bomb-attack-targets-afghan-govt-buildin <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 attack's end, final toll)</p> <p>By Hamid Shalizi</p> <p>KABUL, Jan 21 (Reuters) - Suicide bombers and gunmen launched an eight-hour assault on the headquarters of the Kabul traffic police on Monday, Afghan officials said, in the second coordinated attack on a government building in less than a week.</p> <p>The Taliban claimed responsibility for the operation In which all five attackers and three traffic police officers were killed, interior ministry officials said.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130120/update-1-triple-suicide-bomb-attack-targets-afghan-govt-buildin" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Afghanistan Asia Government of Afghanistan International Security Assistance Force Islamism Kabul Organized crime Taliban War Thomson Reuters Mon, 21 Jan 2013 04:15:03 +0000 Thomson Reuters 5737075 at http://www.globalpost.com Prince Harry claims to have killed Afghan insurgents during tour http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130121/britains-prince-harry-says-killed-afghan-insurgents-during-tour Britain's Prince Harry says he killed Afghan insurgents during sorties against the Taliban while on his second tour of duty in Afghanistan where he was a gunner in Apache attack helicopters.<p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130121/britains-prince-harry-says-killed-afghan-insurgents-during-tour" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Afghanistan Afghanistan Asia Disaster Harry War in Afghanistan United Kingdom Thomson Reuters Mon, 21 Jan 2013 20:00:00 +0000 Thomson Reuters 5737436 at http://www.globalpost.com Taliban bombs kill Afghan family, police: officials http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130203/taliban-bombs-kill-afghan-family-police-officials <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>Taliban roadside bombs killed five civilians, including a family of four, and two police officers in the country's troubled south at the weekend, officials said Sunday.</p> <p>The family -- mother, father and two daughters aged eight and nine -- died along with their driver in Helmand province's Khanishin district when their vehicle hit an improvised bomb late Saturday.</p> <p>"The blast was so powerful that nothing was left of the bodies, they are shattered in small pieces," district governor Shah Mahmoud said, blaming Taliban insurgents for the attack.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130203/taliban-bombs-kill-afghan-family-police-officials" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Afghanistan Taliban Taliban Taliban insurgency AFP Sun, 03 Feb 2013 14:46:32 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5744488 at http://www.globalpost.com Youth orchestra brings Afghan touch to U.S. State Department http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130204/corrected-youth-orchestra-brings-afghan-touch-us-state-departme <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 Ian Simpson</p> <p>WASHINGTON, Feb 4 (Reuters) - Students from Afghanistan's only music academy brought the war-torn country's rhythms to the U.S. State Department on Monday as part of their first U.S. tour, with brand-new Secretary John Kerry recalling his rock roots for the musicians.</p> <p>The tour by the 48 musicians from the Afghan National Institute of Music (ANIM) will include performances on Thursday at Washington's Kennedy Center and next week at New York's Carnegie Hall.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130204/corrected-youth-orchestra-brings-afghan-touch-us-state-departme" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Afghanistan Asia Iranian Plateau Politics Social Issues War Thomson Reuters Mon, 04 Feb 2013 21:15:03 +0000 Thomson Reuters 5745781 at http://www.globalpost.com Young musicians seek to show new Afghan face http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130204/young-musicians-seek-show-new-afghan-face <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>Some of them call an orphanage home. One used to spend her days selling plastic bags. And this month, the Afghan teenagers are taking the stage of the most prestigious US concert halls.</p> <p>In a vivid sign of Afghanistan's transformation, 48 students from the country's first music institute are touring the United States to showcase a unique blend of restored traditional music and Western classics.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130204/young-musicians-seek-show-new-afghan-face" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Afghanistan Asia Iranian Plateau AFP Tue, 05 Feb 2013 02:00:03 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5745925 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-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 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-0" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Afghanistan Asia Military War AFP Sun, 10 Feb 2013 09:45:35 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5751602 at http://www.globalpost.com Obama's sights set on exit from Afghanistan war http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130212/obamas-sights-set-exit-afghanistan-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>The expected withdrawal of half the US force in Afghanistan shows President Barack Obama's determination to wrap up the war but leaves open the question of long-term American support for Kabul.</p> <p>In his State of the Union address on Tuesday, Obama was set to unveil plans for a troop drawdown that will scale back American forces from 66,000 to 32,000 within 12 months, part of a long-standing goal by Washington and its allies to pull out nearly all combat troops by the end of 2014.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130212/obamas-sights-set-exit-afghanistan-war" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Afghanistan Asia Business Entertainment Environment Health Politics Technology War War in Afghanistan AFP Wed, 13 Feb 2013 02:15:17 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5754023 at http://www.globalpost.com Obama sets sights on exit from Afghanistan war http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130212/obama-sets-sights-exit-afghanistan-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>President Barack Obama's announcement to withdraw half the US force in Afghanistan shows his determination to end the war, but leaves open the question of long-term American support for Kabul.</p> <p>In his State of the Union address on Tuesday, Obama unveiled plans to scale back American forces from 66,000 to 32,000 within 12 months, as part of a long-standing goal by Washington and its allies to pull out nearly all combat troops by the end of 2014.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130212/obama-sets-sights-exit-afghanistan-war" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Afghanistan Asia Business Entertainment Environment Health Politics Technology War in Afghanistan AFP Wed, 13 Feb 2013 04:48:38 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5754139 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 Agence France-Presse 5754171 at http://www.globalpost.com NATO air raid kills 10 civilians: Afghan officials http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130213/nato-air-raid-kills-10-civilians-afghan-officials <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 and children, in a raid on a Taliban hideout in a remote region of eastern Afghanistan, local officials said Wednesday.</p> <p>"Five children, four women and a man were killed in the raid," Kunar provincial governor, Sayed Fazulullah Wahidi, told AFP.</p> <p>A spokesman for NATO forces said they were investigating the allegations.</p> <p>Three Taliban commanders, including a notorious Al-Qaeda-linked militant leader called Shahpoor, were also killed in the raid, district governor Abdul Zahir said.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130213/nato-air-raid-kills-10-civilians-afghan-officials" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Afghanistan Government Politics of Afghanistan AFP Wed, 13 Feb 2013 13:00:22 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5754281 at http://www.globalpost.com