Afghan President Hamid Karzai had "sharp exchanges" about the nation’s recent election with Richard Holbrooke, America’s top diplomat to the region, a senior administration official told CNN.
Making good on a threat of election day violence, the Taliban sliced off the index fingers of at least two people in Kandahar province, according to a vote monitoring group.
The Afghan capital, Kabul, came under attack Tuesday, two days before national elections. The violence included a rocket attack that damaged the presidential palace and a deadly suicide strike. The suicide bombing targeted a coalition military convoy on Jalalabad Road, a major thoroughfare in Kabul.
Welcome to democracy, Afghan style. An incumbent president and 38 challengers, including two women, are vying for the votes of 17 million registered Afghans against a backdrop of war, graft, poverty and illiteracy. More than 3,000 donkeys, 3,000 cars and three helicopters will traverse harsh terrain to carry voting materials to remote polling stations
When he’s not canvassing the Afghan backcountry in his beat-up Toyota mini-bus, Ramazan Bashardost, 48, arrives at his presidential campaign headquarters a gray tent at 5:30 each morning. It sits across the street from the Afghan parliament and is open to the public, without the gun-wielding bodyguards that surround other high-profile candidates.
Pity the Obama Administration, having to behave as if Pakistan’s President Asif Ali Zardari and Afghanistan’s President Hamid Karzai were reliable stewards of U.S. security interests in the world’s most troubling trouble-spot
About 80 boys and 20 staffers in an orphanage were trapped during intense fighting between the Pakistani military and the Taliban Wednesday, the orphanage director said. The children trapped in the four-story building in the town of Mingora in Pakistan’s Swat Valley felt as if they were under siege because the fighting was so close, said Muhammad Ali, director of the orphanage. Staff members said they only had enough food to last two more days.
Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari on Tuesday insisted that his country’s nuclear arsenal is "definitely safe," despite growing concerns about recent gains by the Taliban along the country’s border with Afghanistan.
President Hamid Karzai of Afghanistan announced Monday he will run for re-election. The country’s electoral commission confirmed he had filed his candidacy
The key element in President Barack Obama’s Afghanistan strategy is getting Pakistan to fight the Taliban on its side of the border. But despite the Administration demanding a more concerted effort against militants on Pakistani soil as a condition for further aid to Pakistan’s military and warnings by Centcom commander General David Petraeus and others that the Taliban threatens to destroy Pakistan as a state many in Washington and beyond are skeptical that Pakistan will cooperate. U.S.