- American dream dying, but many see free market as solution: Poll
- Air Force base in South Carolina boots Nativity scene
- Israel poised for a $173M boost from the U.S. for missile defense
- Leon Panetta named as source of ‘Zero Dark Thirty’ scriptwriter’s information
- Mandela service sign language interpreter: ‘He made up his own signs’
- Pope Francis named Time’s ‘Person of the Year’
- Ben Affleck: Fundraising for Democrats started to ‘feel gross’
- Vladimir Putin orders military to boost presence in Arctic
- Brooklyn, N.Y.: ‘Lesbian capital’ of the Northeast
- Elian Gonzalez: It’s America’s fault that my mother died
Karzai: Afghanistan-U.S. pact will be scrutinized
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Afghan President Hamid Karzai said Thursday that his government is “taking a magnifying glass” to proposals for the country’s strategic partnership deal with the United States and scrutinizing every detail.
Talks on the pact, which will provide rules for U.S. troops who stay on after the majority of combat forces leave in 2014, have stalled multiple times in recent months as Mr. Karzai demanded more control over how U.S. forces operate in the country.
“We are taking a magnifying glass in our hand and looking at even the tiniest items,” Mr. Karzai said.
He applauded recent progress on two issues that had threatened to derail the deal: U.S. detainees and night raids by international forces.
The two governments signed a deal earlier this month on how to hand over control of the U.S. detention program, and Mr. Karzai said progress is being made toward an agreement on how night raids would be conducted. Mr. Karzai has called for no international forces on night raids, which NATO troops strongly object to, saying they are essential to capturing insurgent leaders.
U.S. officials have said one compromise being discussed would involve getting a warrant from an Afghan judge to conduct the raids jointly.
The negotiations are going on as Afghan-U.S. relations have become increasingly strained this year. Even before this month’s massacre of Afghan villagers allegedly carried out by a U.S. soldier, there had been deadly riots and attacks over the burning of Korans at a U.S. base and outrage about an Internet video showing Marines urinating on supposed Taliban corpses.
But most Afghans still say that they want international forces here helping keep the peace and that it is just a matter of figuring out what rules they should operate under.
By Donald Lambro
Growth spikes are little more than trend-free anomalies
- Teen thugs in DC run wild -- even while wearing GPS ankle bracelets
- New budget accord saves $23 billion -- after $65 billion spending spree
- VEGAS RULES: Harry Reid pushed feds to change ruling for casino's big-money foreigners
- More than a quarter million sign up for Obamacare in November
- Obama takes 'selfie' at Mandela's funeral service
- CARSON: Why did the founders give us the Second Amendment?
- Obama's antics at Nelson Mandela tribute: Jovial conversation, handshake with Raul Castro
- MILLER: Dick Heller challenges D.C.s gun registration, files for summary judgement in Heller II
- Gov't Motors: Obama fudges math on auto bailout, $10.5 billion loss for taxpayers
- FITTON: A closer look at the Benghazi lie
Independent voices from the The Washington Times Communities
All of the world’s problems, solved on your back porch
Human interest stories to feed interest, satisfy curiosity and see outside the box.
Politics, economics, and business from a real world perspective.
News and views on the Civil War.
White House pets gone wild!
Let it snow