If you can’t beat them join them? “The chief of staff to Afghanistan’s president drew a salary from two U.S. government contractors in 2002 and early 2003 as he was managing President Hamid Karzai’s office, serving as his spokesman and advising him on foreign affairs.... While some current and former U.S. officials […]
Afghan President Hamid Karzai vented his frustration over continuing civilian casualties and home raids during NATO operations on Saturday, reiterating that he will not sign a key security agreement with the United States until Afghans stop getting caught in Western troops’ crossfire. Show More Summary
NEW DELHI (Reuters) - Afghan President Hamid Karzai on Saturday shrugged off U.S. talk of a total military withdrawal from Afghanistan if he didn't sign a security agreement as brinkmanship and said he wouldn't back down on his conditions for the deal....
WASHINGTON — Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai again rejected a U.S. security deal and resisted such pressures. Reuters reported that Karzai called this move a colonial power-type problem, and said that the Americans are provoking this kind of response and deserve it. He was interviewed by the French newspaper Le Monde, Karzai said the special U.S. envoy […]
In response to U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel giving Afghan President Hamid Karzai "until February" to sign a defense agreement, Karzai shot back today that "there is no deadline," reports Stephanie Gaskell of Defense One. Karzai's...Show More Summary
Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai lashed out at the United States, accusing it of making threats in the dispute over an agreement to keep U.S. troops in the country beyond 2014. In an interview published Tuesday by the French daily Le Monde, Karzai says the U.S. is “absolutely” acting like a colonial power in its attempts [...]
ON BOARD AIR FORCE ONE (Reuters) - President Barack Obama's encounter with Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai at Nelson Mandela's memorial in South Africa was "just an exchange of greetings," a White House aide said on Tuesday.
The Associated Press reports that the Taliban chief spokesman, pretending to be President of Afghanistan, Hamid Karzai says that the US is threatening him because he won’t sign a document which allows US forces to remain in Afghanistan after 2014. In an interview published Tuesday by the French daily Le Monde, Karzai says the U.S. […]
Afghan President Hamid Karzai agreed on a cooperation pact with Iran on Sunday, an Afghan official said, while continuing to resist signing a long-term security agreement with the United States. Karzai struck the deal with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani in Tehran in a move that will be greeted with suspicion by his U.S. ally, which [...]
Associated Press reports that Iran, the greatest supporter of terror throughout the world, told Afghan president Hamid Karzai that they’re concerned about the “tension” caused by the presence of foreign troops in Afghanistan and that Afghanistan should expel the foreigners as soon as possible so Iran can feel safer; Earlier on Saturday, U.S. Defense Secretary […]
I watched a BBC news report on Afghanistan which convinced me, not that I needed much convincing, that the Government led by President Hamid Karzai is both stupid and corrupt. The key moment came when the cameras visited a border crossing...Show More Summary
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - An influential Democratic senator questioned on Thursday the Obama administration's insistence that Afghan President Hamid Karzai sign a security deal by the end of 2013, suggesting that Washington wait for a "more reliable" lead...
The ever-mercurial Hamid Karzai, the Afghan president, recently called a council of the nation's tribal elders (a loya jirga) to ratify a bilateral security agreement reached with the United States governing the up to 12,000 U.S. forces...Show More Summary
Ryan Evans Afghan president Hamid Karzai’s refusal to sign the bilateral security agreement (BSA) with the US has official Washington all but calling for his head. Senator Dianne Feinstein says he is “a cipher.” Tom Donilon, President...Show More Summary
Behind a seemingly never-ending game of brinkmanship with the United States over a bilateral security agreement, Afghan President Hamid Karzai has a simple goal, according to U.S. military officials: Ensure that billions of dollars in aid from Washington continues to flow to fee …
NATO would have to pull all its troops out of Afghanistan by the end of 2014 if Afghan President Hamid Karzai does not sign a security pact with the United States, alliance chief Anders Fogh Rasmussen said on Monday. An assembly of Afghan elders, the Loya Jirga, last month endorsed the security pact intended to [...]
Include NATO apologises for Afghan air strike that 'killed child' (via AFP) US-led NATO forces in Afghanistan on Friday apologised for an air strike that President Hamid Karzai said killed a two-year-old boy, as acrimony deepened over a deal to allow US troops to stay in the country after 2014. Civilian casualties have been…
The top US commander in Afghanistan apologized to President Hamid Karzai for a drone strike that killed a child and NATO promised an investigation today as rising tensions threatened efforts to persuade the Afghan leader to sign a long-delayed security agreement. Marine Gen. Joseph Dunford called Karzai late yesterday to...
A U.S. general phoned President Hamid Karzai to apologize for a drone strike in Afghanistan on Thursday that killed and wounded civilians—a fact that the military concealed—a coalition official said Friday, according to the New York Times. Show More Summary