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Hamid Karzai

Kabul orders U.S. special forces out of two provinces

By Agencies | 25 Feb 2013

The Afghan government demanded Sunday the withdrawal of U.S. special forces from Wardak and Logar within two weeks accusing them of fuelling “insecurity and instability” in the volatile provinces neighboring the capital Kabul.

Presidential spokesman said that the Afghan ministry of defense was asked to “kick out” U.S. troops from the two provinces mentioned.

Afghans ready if NATO pull-out early: Karzai

Source : AFP | 19 Oct 2012

Afghanistan is ready to take responsibility for its own security even if NATO forces leave the country earlier than planned, President Hamid Karzai said Thursday.

Karzai was speaking at a joint news conference with NATO Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen, who had earlier confirmed that the alliance’s combat mission in Afghanistan would end as scheduled in 2014.

“Afghanistan is ready to expedite the process if necessary,” Karzai said. “In case we do it before time we will be ready and happy too,” he added.

Afghan government could collapse: Report

Source : AFP | 09 Oct 2012

The Afghan government could implode after NATO troops pull out in 2014, particularly if presidential elections are fraudulent, a report by the International Crisis Group said yesterday.

“There is a real risk that the regime in Kabul could collapse upon NATO’s withdrawal,” said Candace Rondeaux, the ICG’s senior Afghanistan analyst. “The window for remedial action is closing fast.”

Renewed Violence Follows Obama's Afghanistan Visit

By Reuters | Kabul | 02 May 2012

A car bomb exploded outside a compound housing Westerners in Kabul on Wednesday hours after US President Barack Obama signed a security pact during a short visit to a city that remains vulnerable to a resilient insurgency.

Taleban insurgents claimed responsibility for the suicide attack on the eastern outskirts of the capital that killed at least six people, a Gurkha guard and five passers-by, and wounded 17. A young girl was among those killed.

Obama sees 'clear path' to end Afghan mission

Source : Al Jazeera | Kabul | 02 May 2012

US President Barack Obama has declared that the US combat role in Afghanistan is winding down just as it has already ended in Iraq.

"We can see the light of a new day on the horizon," he said at the end of a secretive trip to the war zone on the anniversary of Osama bin Laden's death.

"Our goal is to destroy al-Qaeda, and we are on a path to do exactly that," Obama said in a speech on Tuesday to America broadcast from Bagram air base halfway around the world.

Afghan president: Deal with US must specify cash

By AP | Kabul | 17 Apr 2012

Afghanistan’s president raised another condition Tuesday for a long-awaited strategic partnership with the United States: it must spell out the US’s yearly commitment to pay billions of dollars for the cash-strapped Afghan security forces.

The demand both threatens to further delay the key bilateral pact and suggests that Afghan President Hamid Karzai is worried that the US commitment to his country is wavering.

Afghanistan’s Karzai considers early presidential polls

By Reuters | Kabul | 12 Apr 2012

Afghan President Hamid Karzai said on Thursday he is considering calling presidential elections a year early in 2013 to avoid overlapping with the drawdown of US-led NATO forces due to be completed by the end of 2014.

But it was unclear how serious the proposal was since Karzai, whose second five-year term ends in May 2014, does not have the constitutional authority to call elections early.

Hamid Karzai Calls for Troops to Withdraw from Afghan Villages

Source : Agencies | Kabul | 15 Mar 2012<,/cite>

From the Wall Street Journal.
Afghan President Hamid Karzai asked the U.S. to withdraw its troops from Afghan villages and to confine them to bases following a shooting rampage by a U.S. staff sergeant on Sunday, the presidential palace said, in a move that dramatically changes the outlook for the war.

Afghans blast French plan to withdraw troops early

By Rahim Faiez | AP | Kabul | 28 Jan 2012

France’s plans to withdraw its combat troops from Afghanistan a year early drew harsh words Saturday in the Afghan capital, with critics accusing French President Nicolas Sarkozy of putting his re-election campaign ahead of Afghans’ safety.

Karzai demands US hand over Afghan prisoners

By Slobodan Lekic | AP | Kabul | 06 Jan 2012

President Hamid Karzai has demanded that the US detention center at Bagram Air Base be handed over to Afghan control within a month, along with all Afghan citizens held by the coalition troops across the nation.

A presidential statement on Thursday said that keeping Afghan citizens imprisoned without trial violates the country’s constitution, as well as international human rights conventions.

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