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Afghan men line up for the registration process before they cast their votes at a polling station in Kabul, Afghanistan, Saturday, April 5, 2014. Afghans flocked to polling stations nationwide on Saturday, defying a threat of violence by the Taliban to cast ballots in what promises to be the nation's first democratic transfer of power. The vote will decide who will replace President Hamid Karzai, who is barred constitutionally from seeking a third term. (AP Photo/Massoud Hossaini)

Obama praises Afghans on presidential election

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama said Saturday that Afghanistan’s presidential election marks another milestone in the effort by the Afghan people to take full responsibility for their country as the United States and its […]

04/05/2014

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Partial Afghan security deal reached, Kerry says

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) – U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry on Saturday said a partial agreement was reached with Afghanistan on a security accord, but the potentially deal-breaking issue of jurisdiction for American forces remains […]

10/12/2013

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry looks out the window en route to the ISAF headquarters after arriving on an unannounced visit in Kabul, Afghanistan, Friday, Oct. 11, 2013. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin, Pool)

Kerry in Afghanistan for urgent security talks

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry began urgent talks Friday with Afghan President Hamid Karzai as an end-of-October deadline loomed for a security deal that would allow American troops to remain […]

10/11/2013

Afghan President Hamid Karzai takes a question during a press conference at the presidential palace in Kabul, Afghanistan, Monday, Oct. 7, 2013. (AP Photo/Rahmat Gul)

US still expects to sign pact with Afghanistan

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration is optimistic that a U.S.-Afghan agreement over the future role of American troops in the country can be finalized in the next few weeks despite two main sticking points […]

10/07/2013

Afghan President Hamid Karzai arrives for  Eid al-Fitr prayer that marks the end of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan in Kabul, Afghanistan, Thursday, August, 8, 2013. The Afghan president has urged the Taliban to lay down their arms, join the political process and stop killing innocent civilians. (AP Photo/Ahmad Jamshid)

Bomb kills 14 as Afghan president calls for peace

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — A bomb planted in a graveyard in rural eastern Afghanistan killed 14 members of a single family on Thursday as the country’s president urged the Taliban to lay down their arms. […]

08/08/2013

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US says Taliban ignoring talks overtures

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Taliban won’t join talks with the United States and Afghanistan because of a dispute over the name of its representative office in Qatar, a senior U.S. official said Wednesday. The official […]

07/04/2013

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Taliban militants storm Afghan government compound

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Taliban militants stormed the presidential compound Tuesday after bluffing their way past two checkpoints, triggering a gunbattle that left eight attackers and three guards dead and sent journalists attending an official […]

06/25/2013

Taliban office in Doha, Qatar. (AP Photo)

Taliban offer to free US soldier

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The Afghan Taliban are ready to free a U.S. soldier held captive since 2009 in exchange for five of their senior operatives imprisoned at Guantanamo Bay, a senior spokesman for the […]

06/20/2013

Obama and Karzai

US welcomes Qatar decision on Taliban name change

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The United States on Thursday welcomed Qatar’s decision to take down a sign that cast the Taliban’s new office in Doha as a rival Afghan embassy saying the militant group can’t […]

06/20/2013

US Secretary of State John Kerry (AP Photo)

Kerry calls Karzai to ease anger on Taliban office

  WASHINGTON (AP) — Secretary of State John Kerry called the Afghan president twice in the past 24 hours to ease Hamid Karzai’s anger over the way the Taliban announced the opening of their political […]

06/19/2013

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