Hamid Karzai

Article: An Insubordinate President

From Truthdig<p>The Charlottesville Terrorist<br>(Image by Spencer Means) Permission Details DMCA<p>- Advertisement -<p>"Insubordinate elites," as the …

Liberal View

The devils you (don’t really) know

Robert Mugabe was overthrown in a coup this past week, after nearly four decades of disastrous rule, and news of his house arrest has been welcomed …

Robert Mugabe

Only the UN Can Hold a Real Syrian Election

If an internationally supervised vote there is a success, it could be a blueprint for Ukraine.<p>The U.S.-Russian joint statement on Syria, released last Saturday, contains an intriguing tidbit: The parties agreed that Syria should hold "free and fair elections under UN supervision, held to the …

South-east Asia

After nine months of confusion, chaos, and cascading tweets, Donald Trump’s White House has finally made one thing crystal clear: the U.S. is staying in Afghanistan to fight and -- so they insist -- win...

[<b>Note for TomDispatch Readers:</b> <i>Alfred McCoy’s new Dispatch Book,</i> In the Shadows of the American Century: The Rise and Decline of U.S. Global Power<i>,</i> …

Afghanistan

US colluding with Daesh in Afghanistan: Karzai

The terrorist outfit began establishing a notable presence in Afghanistan almost a year after making sweeping land grabs in Iraq and Syria in 2014.

Afghanistan

Was the Afghan government complicit in war crimes?

We ask Hamid Karzai about calls for an ICC Afghan war crimes investigation, and debate how to cover climate change.<p>In this week's UpFront, we speak to former Afghan President Hamid Karzai about alleged war crimes, the continuing US military presence in the country and plans to send even more troops.<p>…

Afghanistan

UN says at least 10 civilians died in Afghanistan airstrike, contradicting US

Pentagon insists no civilians died in bombing of Kunduz on Saturday UN mission: ‘Credible reports that at least 10 civilians’ killed in airstrike<p>The United Nations mission in Afghanistan said at least 10 civilians may have been killed by an airstrike in the northern city of Kunduz last week, …

Afghanistan

Sadism in Afghanistan

For the past 16 years, the American war machine has been acting like a two-tiered sadist in Afghanistan. While facilitating the Kabul government’s …

Afghanistan

U.S. denies civilian deaths in recent Afghanistan airstrikes, but locals claim otherwise

KABUL, AFGHANISTAN — The United States military says they have found “no evidence” of civilian casualties from a series of overnight airstrikes …

Afghanistan

US airstrikes kill dozens of Afghan civilians

The air war has been stepped up as the International Criminal Court reviews potential war crimes charges against the US military and CIA in …

War

In shadowy covert wars, Iran takes centre stage

Not to sit back passively, indications are that Iran beyond its support for Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, Lebanese Shiite militia Hezbollah, and …

Iran

It’s Like the NFL. But with Horses and a Headless Calf.

A dead black calf is dumped from the back seat of a Toyota Corolla. The game ball, in other words, has arrived. Deflated. All the intestines have been yanked out and the head and hooves sawed off, to avoid cutting the hands of the 40-odd horsemen warming up their stallions for a <i>buzkashi</i> battle, …

Afghanistan

Why did Afghanistan doctor photos of Tillerson’s visit?

<b>At first glance, the photos of US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson meeting Afghan President Ashraf Ghani and Chief Executive Abdullah Abdullah look just like any other banal photographs of diplomatic meetings. Indeed, when Tillerson made a surprise visit to Kabul, both the United States and</b> …

Barack Obama

The Man Who Thought He Could Fix Afghanistan

To get something done in Afghanistan, you need to know Scott Guggenheim. But even the ultimate fixer isn’t sure anyone can solve the country’s problems.<p>KABUL—On November 9, 2016, Scott Guggenheim, a longtime American adviser to Afghan President Ashraf Ghani, rose early with the sun, got into an …

Politics

Hamid Karzai’s Call for a Grand Afghan Assembly Can Shake Up Politics in the Country

The former president’s public decision to lead political activity in that direction fundamentally means asking questions arising out of the US …

Afghanistan

Phoenix 2.0 – CIA’s Vietnam Terror Unleashed Upon Afghanistan

<i>Last week the new head of the CIA Mike Pompeo publicly threatened to make the CIA a “much more vicious agency”. His first step towards that is to</i> …

Afghanistan

America Has Slid So Far Off the Chart That George W. Bush Has Just Received a Character Award at West Point

They're teaching Revisionist History 101.In George W. Bush’s home state of Texas, if you are an ordinary citizen found guilty of capital murder, the …

Liberal View

Getting tough on the Taliban: Trump admin said to be urging closure of the militant group's Qatar office

After years of failed peace talks and following one of the deadliest weeks of suicide attacks on Afghan forces, the Trump administration is said to be pushing for the Taliban’s Qatar-based office to be closed down in an increasingly ironfisted approach to defeating the militant group.<p>The move comes …

Afghanistan

Today's Trump Top 5: What happened in Niger

Welcome to today's Trump Top 5, where we bring you 5 stories to get you smarter for the day ahead. Check out our Apple News channel for the latest …

Museums

The art of a political deal with the Taliban

Days after reports that the Trump administration is considering to close the Taliban political office in Qatar, the United States has revived the …

Afghanistan

Fearing violence, many Afghan parents pull their daughters out of school

KABUL, AFGHANISTAN – Three months ago, Mina, then in the 11th grade, was forced to end her studies in the southern province of Kandahar.After her …

Liberal View

Afghan Newspaper Hunts Corruption, but First It Has to Pay the Rent - ASHARQ AL-AWSAT English Archive

KABUL, Afghanistan — The first time Zaki Daryabi started a small newspaper in Afghanistan, it shut down within months. Mr. Daryabi, who had just …

Middle East

Karzai: Afghans Must Resist ‘US Agenda’

Former Afghan President Hamid Karzai spent most of his time in office at odds with the US on specifics of war strategy. He’s out of office now, but …

Afghanistan

Pakistan no longer dependent on US: PM

ISLAMABAD - Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi has said Pakistan is no longer dependent on the United States to meet its military and other needs<p>In …

Pakistan

US forces aiding Islamic State in Afghanistan; responsible for increase in extremism, says Hamid Karzai

<b>Kabul:</b> Former Afghanistan president Hamid Karzai has said that the Islamic State has emerged in Afghanistan in the past three to four years under the …

Afghanistan

ON TARGET: Canada’s role in Afghan war needs an investigation

There were news stories out of Afghanistan last week detailing how the U.S. is expanding and entrenching the so-called “Green Zone” in the centre of …

Canadian News

Militants attack Kabul airport during Mattis visit, U.S. strike hits civilians

(The September 27 story was refiled to correct th headline and first paragraph to show strike caused civilian casualties, not killed civilians)<p>By James Mackenzie<p>KABUL (Reuters) - Suicide bombers and militants firing mortars attacked Kabul’s airport during a visit by U.S. Defense Secretary Jim …

Afghanistan

Rockets Hit Kabul Airport Shortly After James Mattis Arrives In Afghanistan

ISIS claimed responsibility for the incident.<p>KABUL, Sept 27 (Reuters) - U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis visited Kabul on Wednesday to pledge support for the government of President Ashraf Ghani, with the precarious security in the Afghan capital underlined by a rocket attack on the airport hours …

Islamic State (ISIS)

ISIS claims attack on Hamid Karzai airport after Mattis arrives in Kabul

According to Tolo News, sources have confirmed as many as 20 rockets have landed at Hamid Karzai International Airport and surrounds in the center of …

Afghanistan

Elements threatening Pakistan not our friends: Kabul

ISLAMABAD/Kabul - Afghan Ambassador to Pakistan Umar Zakhilwal on Sunday said that Pakistan and Afghanistan were enjoying good people to people …

Pakistan