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Afghanistan's Election Becomes a Farce -- And a US Policy Disaster

It's hard to pinpoint the exact moment when Afghanistan's presidential election became a complete absurdity. With a US-brokered audit process of the election already behind schedule, and with outgoing president Hamid Karzai declaring...Show More Summary

U.N. says 'not possible' to finish Afghan vote audit by September 2

4 days agoNews : The Newsroom

Afghanistan's U.N. representative told President Hamid Karzai on Thursday it was "not possible" to finish an audit of a disputed election by Sept. 2, when Karzai had hoped to see a new leader inaugurated, Karzai's office said. The United Nations is supervising the audit of votes from a run-off ballot between the two candidates, Abdullah Abdullah and Ashraf Ghani.

Karzai packs up even as Afghan election dispute rumbles on

4 days agoNews : The Newsroom

Outgoing Afghan President Hamid Karzai has packed up all his personal possessions and is ready to leave the palace, his spokesman said Thursday, even though the disputed election has failed to find his successor. Karzai, who has lived...Show More Summary

Karzai Cousin Killed by Bomber in Afghanistan

Hashmat Khalil Karzai, a cousin of President Hamid Karzai and a powerful supporter of the presidential candidate Ashraf Ghani, was killed by a suicide bomber in southern Afghanistan on Tuesday as he greeted well-wishers at his home. Karzai was killed instantly when a young man embraced him and set off a bomb in his turban. Show More Summary

Afghan president's cousin killed by suicide bomber

Afghanistan's outgoing president, Hamid Karzai, lost a cousin, Hashmat Khalil Karzai, to a suicide bombing on Tuesday. The late Karzai was a "staunch supporter of the president," the Associated Press reports, and he was involved in the country's campaign to select Hamid Karzai's successor. Show More Summary

Suicide bomber kills cousin of Afghan President Hamid Karzai

A suicide bomber killed Afghan President Hamid Karzai’s cousin Tuesday morning in Kandahar province, officials said.

Suicide Bomber Kills Afghan President’s Cousin

(KABUL, Afghanistan) — A powerful cousin of outgoing Afghan President Hamid Karzai was assassinated by a suicide bomber hiding explosives in his cap on Tuesday, a provincial official said. It was the latest attack targeting Afghan power brokers and government officials as insurgents and political factions struggle for power ahead of the withdrawal of foreign…

Suicide bomber hides explosive in turban

A suicide bomber assassinated Afghan President Hamid Karzai's cousin by hiding explosives in his turban on Tuesday, an official said.

Suicide bomber kills with explosives in turban

A suicide bomber assassinated Afghan President Hamid Karzai's cousin by hiding explosives in his turban on Tuesday, an official said.

Karzai Cousin Killed: Bomber Shook His Hand, Detonated

Three years after Afghan President Hamid Karzai's half-brother was assassinated—and a weeping Karzai climbed into his grave —a suicide bomber has killed Karzai's cousin, an official says. According to a rep for Kandahar province's governor, the attacker shook hands with Ashmat Khlil Karzai near the Karzai family residence before...

Afghani president’s cousin killed in suicide attack, report

KANDAHAR: A suicide attacker killed a cousin of outgoing Afghan President Hamid Karzai near the volatile southern city of Kandahar on Tuesday, officials said, raising tensions during a struggle over the contested election result. Hashmat...Show More Summary

Afghan president supports calls for UN mediation

2 months agoNews : The Newsroom

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — A proposal for the U.N. to mediate a crisis over allegations of election fraud gained momentum Friday as President Hamid Karzai backed the idea and the U.N. said it stood ready to help.

Afghans again ignore Taliban threats and vote in runoff

Millions of Afghans voted in a mostly peaceful run-off to elect a successor to President Hamid Karzai on Saturday, a decisive test of the country’s ambitions to transfer power democratically for the first time in its tumultuous history. Show More Summary

6 Times Obama Used the Troops for Photo Ops

On Sunday, President Obama made a surprise appearance in Afghanistan after sneaking out of the White House on Saturday night. There, he spoke with Afghan president Hamid Karzai via phone, because Karzai refused to speak with Obama in person. Show More Summary

Obama Snubbed by President Karzai During Surprise Visit to Afghanistan

President Obama, who paid a surprise visit to Afghanistan on Sunday, was snubbed by Afghan President Hamid Karzai when he turned down an invitation to meet with the President at Bagram Air Base outside Kabul. The two leaders’ relationship...Show More Summary

Hamid Karzai Rejects Meeting With Obama

The Afghanistan president turned down a meeting with President Obama during the U.S. president’s secret trip to Karzai’s country, according to a U.S. official. The official said that Washington was not surprised that the meeting did not work out at short notice, after Obama arrived at the base on a surprise visit after night fell […]

Afghan President Karzai Refused To Meet Obama In Bagram

Afghan President Hamid Karzai declined to meet with President Barack Obama at Bagram Air Base outside Kabul, according to a statement from US officials. Obama arrived at the base on a surprise visit after night fell on Sunday, in order to meet with troops in honor of Memorial Day. Officials in Washington were not surprised

Afghan President Turns Down Invitation To Meet With Obama

Afghan President Hamid Karzai turned down an invitation to meet with President Barack Obama Sunday. A White House official issued a statement to the press pool attributing Karzai's decision to the "short notice" of the request and the fact Obama's surprise visit to Bagram Airfield in Afghanistan was dedicated to meeting with U.S. Show More Summary

Afghan President Hamid Karzai relieved his term is winding down

Six weeks before the Afghan election, at a meeting at the presidential palace, women's rights activist Sima Samar gently teased President Hamid Karzai about being a short-timer. Karzai suddenly grew emotional, Samar recalled. "To be honest, my sister, I am really counting down the days," he...

Three More Reasons the U.S. Will Miss Hamid Karzai

Michael O'Hanlon: For all the turbulence in the U.S. relationship with Afghan President Hamid Karzai, the U.S. may miss him after his successor takes office. Here are three more reasons why.

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