- Ohio university quiz implies atheists are naturally smarter than Christians
- Rep. Henry Cuellar on border crisis: ‘Playing defense on the one-yard line’
- Activists vow to occupy fast-food restaurants to get higher pay
- Rep. Luis Gutierrez: Senate Dems wary of immigration politics
- Summer camp for 1 percenters: Sushi, limos and shopping at FAO Schwarz
- Colorado gun crackdown law found to be built on faulty data
- Hank Aaron steps to fundraising plate for Democrat Michelle Nunn
- ISIL terrorists blow up burial site of Jonah, vow more of same
- Impeach Obama, say 35 percent in new poll
- Taliban yank 14 Shiites off bus, bind and shoot them on Afghan road
Karzai: Afghan forces to take control in 7 areas
Question of the Day
At an international conference in Kabul in July, donor nations approved a 10-page communique that restated strong support for channeling at least 50 percent of development aid through the Afghan government within two years if the government reforms, reduces corruption and strengthens its public financial management systems.
“There should be more cooperation between Afghanistan and the U.N offices working in different areas throughout the country,” he said. “We have asked for a report about the expenses of the U.N.”
Mr. Karzai‘s speech reflected his desire not to be dependent on foreign forces forever, although the Afghan security forces have yet to overcome the lack of training and equipment, illiteracy, corruption, and shortages of top officers and international mentors. Mr. Karzai delivered his speech at a ceremony marking the graduation of a third class of Afghan army officers.
“This represents the next stage of Afghanistan’s journey, not the destination,” he said in a statement. “And every step of the way will be determined by conditions on the ground.”
But Mr. Fogh Rasmussen warned that the transition is not a sign the allies can start withdrawing from Afghanistan, stressing it was vital that NATO keep up training Afghan forces “in order to ensure that transition is irreversible.”
“I understand that as this transition gets under way, political leaders are facing pressure to bring their troops home for good,” he said, but NATO’s principal approach remains “in together, out together.”
Amir Shah, Rahim Faiez and Solomon Moore in Kabul and Slobodan Lekic in Brussels contributed to this report.
TWT Video Picks
Second- and third-stringers eye 2016 if front-runner stumbles
- Michelle Obama says money in politics is bad, asks donors for 'big, fat check'
- Presidents of Honduras, Guatemala blame U.S. for border children crisis
- 'We're coming for you, Barack Obama': Top U.S. official discloses threat from ISIL terrorists
- EDITORIAL: Detroit's water 'spigot bigots'
- NAPOLITANO: What if our democracy is a fraud?
- Hamas rejects Kerry's call for cease-fire; Fears grow others could join fight against Israel
- Brian Kelly, Notre Dame ready for different route to title
- Obama orders Pentagon advisers to Ukraine
- PRUDEN: The Democratic-wannabe mice under Hillary Clinton's feet
- Tom Petty: 'No one's got Christ more wrong than the Christians'
Obama's biggest White House 'fails'
Celebrities turned politicians
Athletes turned actors
20 gadgets that changed the world
Fighting in Iraq