Hamid Karzai

Afghanistan Frees Detainees US Calls 'Dangerous'

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KABUL, Afghanistan - Afghanistan released 65 accused militants from a former U.S. prison on Thursday despite protests from the American military, which says the men are Taliban fighters who will likely return to the battlefield to kill coalition and Afghan forces. The move further strains relations between Washington and President Hamid Karzai,... more

NATO Leaders Say Afghan Troops Need More Training

MUNICH -- Afghanistan's police force and army still need more training to handle the country's security on their own, making it critical for a new security agreement to be signed to allow international forces to remain after 2014, NATO's top two leaders said Saturday. Afghan President Hamid Karzai has so far refused to sign the security agreeme... more

Taliban Talks Going Nowhere Despite Secret Meets

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ISLAMABAD, Pakistan - Secret contacts are again reported to be underway for an Afghanistan peace deal, but neither analysts nor the insurgents see hope they will succeed. A Taliban official has told The Associated Press that least two ministers in Afghan President Hamid Karzai's government have met with Taliban representatives in the United Ara... more

Karzai Lashes Out at US 'Threats'

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PARIS -- Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai lashed out at the United States, accusing it of making threats in the dispute over an agreement to keep U.S. troops in the country beyond 2014. In an interview published Tuesday by the French daily Le Monde, Karzai says the U.S. is "absolutely" acting like a colonial power in its attempts to force him... more

US Envoy: Karzai Unchanged on Troop Deal

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KABUL, Afghanistan - The U.S. special representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan said Thursday that Afghan President Hamid Karzai still refuses to sign a security deal with the United States until after next April's elections. James Dobbins, who is on a regular visit to Kabul, told The Associated Press he met with Karzai on Thursday and mostly... more

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