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Hamid Karzai's brother quits Afghan poll race (06.03.2014)
The brother of Afghan President Hamid Karzai has dropped out of the forthcoming election race to endorse fellow candidate Zalmai Rassoul.
NATO defence ministers agreed on Thursday to plan for all options for the alliance's future presence in Afghanistan, including a possible pullout of all its troops this year, NATO chief Anders Fogh Rasmussen said.
President speaks with Afghan counterpart Hamid Karzai and says US is ‘moving forward with additional contingency planning’.
German parliament extends Afghanistan mission (20.02.2014)
The Bundestag on Thursday (02/20) decided to extend the German military's operation in Afghanistan for one last time. … So far, Germany's troop presence in the country has been reduced from 4,400 to around 3,000. As many as 800 German soldiers are to operate in the country by providing training...
Civilian casualties in Afghanistan rose by 14 per cent last year, according to a new report released on Saturday by the United Nations, which also found that it was the worst year since 2009 in terms of the number of women and children killed or injured as a result of conflict-related violence.
German deployment extended to Afghanistan (05.02.2014)
A last-phase extension of Germany's 12-year-long military deployment in Afghanistan has been endorsed by the German cabinet.
President Obama brought his top Afghanistan commanders to the Oval Office on Tuesday to discuss the way forward in a war he is determined to end by the end of the year, even as he finds himself stymied by an unreliable partner and an uncertain future.
Afghanistan's Karzai in secret talks with Taliban (04.02.2014)
Afghan President Hamid Karzai has been holding secret talks with Taliban officials in the hope of persuading them to make peace with his government, his spokesman told Reuters on Tuesday, confirming a New York Times report.
The inspector general’s report is likely to increase tensions with President Hamid Karzai, who has bristled for years at what he says is an orchestrated campaign by President Obama’s administration to undermine his government with embarrassing revelations and leaks.
Military plans reflect Afghanistan uncertainty (29.01.2014)
American and NATO military planners, facing continued political uncertainty about whether foreign troops will remain in Afghanistan after December, have drawn up plans to deploy a force this summer that is tailored to assume a training mission in 2015 but is also small enough to withdraw if no deal...