Hamid Karzai

Karzai to continue playing important role in Afghan politics post elections: Report

Karzai to continue playing important role in Afghan politics post elections: ReportWashington, Apr 7 : Outgoing Afghan President Hamid Karzai is expected to remain a key political player in Afghanistan, despite not contesting for the presidential poll.

If Karzai continues to play an important role in Afghanistan's politics it could possible complicate the U. S. relationship with his successor.

According to the Washington Times, the 56-year-old, who has served as president since December 2001, was barred by the Afghan Constitution from running for a third consecutive term.


Hamid Karzai's brother to drop out of Afghanistan's presidential bid

Hamid Karzai's brother to drop out of Afghanistan's presidential bidWashington, Mar. 6 : Afghan President Hamid Karzai's older brother Qayum Karzai has dropped out of the race for next month's presidential elections.

An aide to Qayum Karzai, Aminullah Habibi, said Karzai would most likely support Zalmay Rassoul, the former foreign minister, for the presidential bid.

According to the New York Times, Habibi said that negotiations were still taking place but it will be final tomorrow.

Despite the vocal support of other family members, Qayum Karzai's entry to the race was said to have defied the president's wishes from the start.


Karzai expresses anger over 12-year Afghan war fought 'for U.S. security, Western interests'

Hamid KarzaiWashington, Mar. 3 - Outgoing Afghan President Hamid Karzai has expressed his anger at the 12-year American war in Afghanistan.

Expressing 'extreme anger' towards the U. S. government, Karzai said in an interview with the Washington Post that the war in Afghanistan was not fought with his country's interests in mind.

In the unusually emotional interview, Karzai explained why he has been such a harsh critic of the 12-year-old U. S. war effort in Afghanistan.

Karzai said he has been deeply troubled by all the casualties he has seen, including those in U. S. military operations.


US condemns Afghan move to release 37 detainees

Washington, Jan 28 - The Pentagon Monday condemned an Afghan government order to release 37 of 88 detainees who the US says are threats to national security.

Afghan Review Board (ARB), a special government panel, ordered Monday that the 37 prisoners be released from the Afghan-supervised detention facility at Bagram Airfield, Xinhua reported.

"We strongly condemn the extrajudicial release of these detainees," said Pentagon spokesperson Colonel Steve Warren.

"ARB is releasing dangerous insurgents," Warren said, adding that strong evidence or investigative leads support the detainees' prosecution or further investigation.


US hopes India will persuade 'friend' Karzai on troops stay post-2014

Hamid KarzaiWashington, Dec. 11 - The United States has expressed hope India would persuade Afghan President Hamid Karzai to sign a deal allowing US troops to stay post-2014.

Testifying before a Senate committee, a senior US official said that he was confident Afghanistan would eventually complete an agreement for some 12,000 US troops to stay after 2014.

James Dobbins, the US special representative on Afghanistan and Pakistan, said that Karzai's visit to India next week could be quite influential, because he highly respects and has good relations with the Indian government.


Karzai must enforce violence-against-women law

Karzai must enforce violence-against-women lawNew York, Sep 4 : Afghan President Hamid Karzai should take urgent action to fight child marriage and domestic violence or risk further harm to development and public health, Human Rights Watch said Wednesday.

In a 15-page briefing paper, Human Rights Watch highlights the health and economic consequences of marriage under age 18 and violence against women and girls in Afghanistan.

Karzai, barred by term limits from running in the April 2014 presidential election, should make full enforcement of the 2009 Law on the Elimination of Violence Against Women a priority for his last year in office.


US, Taliban to have direct peace talks

US, Taliban to have direct peace talksWashington, June 19 - The US has decided to hold direct peace talks with the Taliban, senior White House officials have announced. The first meet is due to take place in the coming days in Qatar's capital, where the Taliban have opened their first official overseas office, BBC reported.

US officials told reporters the first formal meeting between the US and Taliban representatives was expected to take place in Doha next week, with talks between Afghan President Hamid Karzai's High Peace Council and the Taliban due a few days after that.

The announcement came on the day NATO handed over security for the whole of Afghanistan to government forces.


Obama signals faster US pullout from Afghanistan

Obama signals faster US pullout from AfghanistanWashington, Jan 12 - President Barack Obama has signalled a faster drawdown of US troops in Afghanistan with a changed role of training and advising Afghan forces as it moves to bring the decade-long war to a close by the end of 2014.

"Our troops will continue to fight alongside Afghans when needed, but let me say it as plainly as I can: Starting this spring, our troops will have a different mission - training, advising, assisting Afghan forces," Obama announced Friday after talks with Afghan President Hamid Karzai.


US commander recommends keeping ‘6,000-20,000 troops’ in Afghanistan after 2014

US commander recommends keeping ‘6,000-20,000 troops’ in Afghanistan after 2014Washington, Jan 4 : Top outgoing top American commander in Afghanistan has said that the US would keep between 6,000 and 20,000 troops in the war-torn nation after 2014.

Marine General John Allen made his recommendations to Defense Secretary Leon Panetta, but could not confirm what specific troop levels he has proposed as options.

Citing a senior military official, a report by the New York Times said that Allen gave Panetta plans for 6,000, 10,000 and 20,000 troops from which to choose for when NATO''s combat mission ends at the close of 2014.


Karzai orders ‘full Afghanization’ of US-run prison at Bagram base

Karzai orders ‘full Afghanization’ of US-run prison at Bagram baseWashington, Nov 20 : Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai has reportedly ordered his aides to institute the "full Afghanization" of the U. S.-run prison at Bagram air base.

Karazi gave the order after charging that American forces are continuing to detain Afghans despite a bilateral agreement in March to transfer all prisoners to Afghan authorities.

In a Pashto-language statement tweeted from the presidential palace on Sunday, Karzai complained that some prisoners ordered released by Afghan courts are still being held by U. S. forces.


Afghanistan brands US administration ‘detention without trial’ practice in country ‘illegal’

 Afghanistan brands US administration ‘detention without trial’ practice in country ‘illegal’Washington, Sep 18 : Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai's office has rejected the detention of Afghan citizens by the U. S. administration, saying it runs counter to the country''s laws.

The move has potentially thwarted a U. S. plan to continue to hold Afghan detainees without recourse to a trial. and then summarily hand them over to the Afghans

The president''s office said in a statement that the detention of Afghan citizens without a court trial "has not been foreseen in Afghan laws," Fox New reports.


Karzai’s advisers blame ISI, Iran for insider attacks on NATO troops

Karzai’s advisers blame ISI, Iran for insider attacks on NATO troops Washington, Aug 23 : Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai's top advisers have said the rise in insider attacks on NATO troops recently is the product of foreign spy agencies infiltrating Afghanistan's security forces.

After months of investigating, members of Karzai's National Security Council have concluded that both Pakistani and Iranian intelligence organizations are recruiting young Afghans to enlist in the army and police with the intention of targeting Western service members and whose ultimate aim is to destabilize Afghanistan's forces.


Obama to meet Karzai in Chicago

Obama to meet Karzai in ChicagoWashington, May 18 - US President Barack Obama will meet his Afghan counterpart Hamid Karzai during a NATO summit in Chicago Sunday, a White House official said.

"Obviously it is an important meeting because a central focus of the NATO summit will be on Afghanistan," said Obama's National Security Advisor Tom Donilon at a White House briefing Thursday, referring to the meeting between the two.

Obama met with Karzai earlier this month during his surprise visit to Afghanistan, where they signed the US-Afghanistan Strategic Partnership Agreement.


Obama calls Karzai, reaffirms transition by 2014

Obama calls Karzai, reaffirms transition by 2014Washington, March 17 - US President Barack Obama called up his Afghan counterpart Hamid Karzai Friday to discuss the process of transition to Afghan-led security while reaffirming its timetable would be completed by
2014, the White House said.

The two presidents took the opportunity to discuss the process of security transition which will see Afghans have full responsibility for security across the country by the end of 2014, Xinhua quoted the White House in a statement.


Obama calls Karzai over civilian killings

Obama calls Karzai over civilian killingsWashington, March 12 - US President Barack Obama Sunday called Afghan President Hamid Karzai to express his "shock and sadness" at the killing of Afghan civilians.

A US soldier Sunday morning walked out from his military base in Kandahar province and opened fire, killing 16 civilians, including women and children.

"President Obama extended his condolences to the people of Afghanistan, and made clear his administration's commitment to establish the facts as quickly as possible and to hold fully accountable anyone responsible," the White House said in a statement.


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