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US gives Afghanistan year-end deadline to sign crucial security deal

President Hamid Karzai triggered uncertainty about a vital security pact with the United States on Thursday by saying it should not be signed until after Afghanistan’s presidential election next April, prompting the White House to insist on a year-end deadline.

Friday, 22 November, 2013, 4:56pm 1 comment

Afghan president Hamid Karzai wants to defer signing of US deal

The Afghan president urged tribal elders on Thursday to support a security deal with the United States, but in a surprising about-face said he would defer the signing of the agreement to the winner of next year’s presidential elections, which he is barred from contesting.

21 Nov 2013 - 9:45pm

Afghan security deal clouded by dispute over US admission of ‘mistakes’

Last-minute efforts to finalise a security pact between the United States and Afghanistan were clouded on Tuesday by differences over whether President Barack Obama had agreed to issue a letter acknowledging US mistakes made during the 12-year war.

20 Nov 2013 - 2:34pm

One killed in attack on US consulate in Afghanistan

Gunmen staged an attack on the US consulate in Herat, western Afghanistan early on Friday leaving at least one person dead and 18 wounded, officials said.

13 Sep 2013 - 11:42am

Pakistan releases seven Taliban prisoners

Pakistan on Saturday announced the release of seven senior Afghan Taliban figures to help the peace process in war-torn neighbour Afghanistan, the foreign ministry said.

7 Sep 2013 - 3:04pm

Afghan security death toll ‘unsustainable’, says Nato commander

The Nato commander in Afghanistan has warned that the current casualty rates suffered by the Afghan army and police force are “unsustainable”, in an interview published in Tuesday’s Guardian.

US General Joseph Dunford told the paper that Afghan security forces may need five more years of western support before being able to take over full responsibility.

3 Sep 2013 - 10:44am

Taliban kill 15 police in west Afghanistan

Taliban insurgents killed 15 police on the main highway in western Afghanistan, officials said on Thursday, in the latest attack to highlight an escalation in rebel strikes as Nato-led troops withdraw.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:46pm

Insurgents kill 10 at Afghan construction camp

Insurgents killed 10 people at a construction camp in Afghanistan’s western Herat province on Saturday, while five members of a family died in a separate roadside bomb explosion in the south, officials said.

17 Aug 2013 - 5:52pm

Lawyers for US soldier in Afghanistan rampage want prosecutors dismissed

Lawyers for a US soldier who pleaded guilty in June to the slaughter of 16 Afghan civilians sought the dismissal of the prosecution team at a hearing on Tuesday, saying a document they saw could compromise the fairness of the upcoming sentencing proceeding.

14 Aug 2013 - 2:29pm

Lawyers for US soldier in Afghan killings want prosecutors ousted

Lawyers for a US soldier who pleaded guilty in June to killing 16 Afghan civilians in cold blood have moved to dismiss the prosecution team weeks before a scheduled sentencing hearing that will decide if he will ever have a chance at parole.

8 Aug 2013 - 3:55pm