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Karzai softens stand on US security deal (27.11.2013)
Afghanistan's president has said he would sign a long-awaited deal with Washington, allowing US-led troops to stay in the country after 2014, but only after the end of the year. Hamid Karzai told Radio Free Europe in an interview broadcast on Wednesday that he would ink the security agreement in...
Afghanistan's President Hamid Karzai has refused to sign a security deal with the United States, the White House said, opening up the prospect of a complete withdrawal of U.S. troops from the strife-torn nation next year. … On Sunday, an assembly of Afghan elders, known as the Loya Jirga, endorsed...
Loya Jirga debates US-Afghan security deal (21.11.2013)
Up to 15,000 foreign troops could remain in Afghanistan after 2014 if a security pact is agreed with the US, Afghan President Hamid Karzai has said. He was speaking at the opening of a Loya Jirga of more than 2,000 Afghan elders, who have gathered to discuss the deal.
Following weeks of negotiation and diplomatic tension , Karzai said the draft Bilateral Security Agreement was agreed to early Thursday, after President Obama wrote Karzai a letter assuring him that U.S. forces will continue to respect the “sanctity and dignity of the Afghan people.”
Senior Afghan officials arrived in Pakistan on Wednesday to initiate peace talks with the Afghan Taliban following a breakthrough in negotiations during last month's summit in Britain, a Pakistani Foreign Ministry source said.
The head of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) today issued an urgent call to action as opium poppy cultivation in Afghanistan hit a record high this year, rising by 36 per cent, while production is up by almost half since 2012.
Philip Hammond warns over Afghanistan commitment (11.11.2013)
Britain will be forced to end its long-term military commitment to Afghanistan unless its government signs a security agreement with international forces, the defence secretary has warned.
Tajikistan's presidential election may have taken place peacefully Wednesday, but international observers say the balloting lacked pluralism and genuine choice.
Officials: Few Afghans registered for 2014 vote (06.11.2013)
Afghan election officials said Wednesday that with just five days left to register, less than one-fourth of the country's eligible voters have signed up to vote in next year's presidential ballot.
The Australian ambassador to Afghanistan says his government has offered to keep up to 400 troops in Afghanistan after the withdrawal of U.S.-led NATO forces in 2014. … Australia currently has around 1,200 soldiers in Afghanistan, most of them based in Urozgan Province.