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Topic - Hamid Karzai
Afghanistan's presidential election will mark the first peaceful transition of power in the history of that unfortunate country.
Trucks and donkeys loaded with ballot boxes made their way to counting centers on Sunday as Afghans and the international community sighed with relief that national elections were held without major violence despite a Taliban threat.
Hamid Karzai's name was not on the ballot in Saturday's elections, but the outgoing president of Afghanistan is expected to remain a key political player, possibly complicating the U.S. relationship with his successor.
Millions of Afghans defied Taliban threats and rain Saturday, underscoring their enormous expectations from an election that comes as the country's wobbly government prepares to face down a ferocious insurgency largely on its own.
Afghanistan's presidential election on Saturday gives the U.S. a new chance to fix relations with Kabul, which are in deep discord after more than 12 years of war and repeated fallings-out between the White House and Afghan President Hamid Karzai.
Amid Taliban threats of violence, Afghans will vote Saturday for a new president in an election that not only will begin their country's first democratic transition of power but also may provide clarity about how many U.S. and foreign troops will remain in their war-torn nation after this year.
Former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld sure didn't mince words this week when he slammed President Obama and his administration for their handling of Afghanistan: A "trained ape" could do better, he said.
A U.S. senator leading a bipartisan delegation to Afghanistan called on President Barack Obama Saturday to announce a decision on his plans for future troop levels in the country on the assumption a much-delayed security pact eventually will be signed with Kabul.
Three U.S. families filed a lawsuit Tuesday against Afghan President Hamid Karzai and his security forces, accusing them of betraying their sons in the Aug. 6, 2011, helicopter shootdown that killed 30 Americans, 17 of them Navy SEALs.
Three U.S. families filed a lawsuit Tuesday against Afghan President Hamid Karzai and his security forces, accusing them of betraying their sons in a 2011 helicopter shoot-down that killed 30 Americans.
Afghanistan's former defense minister became the second presidential hopeful to withdraw from the race on Sunday, leaving a field of nine candidates three weeks before the vote to replace Hamid Karzai.
In his final address to Afghanistan's parliament Saturday, President Hamid Karzai told the United States its soldiers can leave at the end of the year because his military, which already protects 93 percent of the country, was ready to take over entirely.
President Barack Obama has threatened to withdraw all American forces from Afghanistan if a new security agreement is not signed by the end of the year, but there is no legal reason the U.S. has to resort to the "zero option," as administration officials have repeatedly claimed.
Afghanistan's influential Vice President Mohammad Qasim Fahim, a leading commander in the alliance that fought the Taliban who was later accused with other warlords of targeting civilian areas during the country's civil war, died Sunday. He was 57.
An early morning NATO airstrike in Afghanistan's eastern Logar province killed five Afghan soldiers on Thursday, defense ministry officials said. The coalition said the deaths were an accident and expressed its condolences.
But it is of greater significance that Mr. Karzai failed to govern in a way that improved Afghans' standard of living, he said, "and that's finally what he needs to be measured against."
Abdullah was Karzai's main rival in 2009, but he dropped out before a runoff vote because he said he did not believe it would be fair.