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Topic - Hamid Karzai
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry says both of Afghanistan's presidential candidates are committed to abiding by the results of the "largest, most comprehensive audit" of the election runoff ballots possible.
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry made a hastily arranged visit to Afghanistan on Friday to help resolve an election crisis sowing chaos in a country that the U.S. has spent hundreds of billions of dollars and lost more than 2,000 lives trying to stabilize.
The Defense Department's second highest-ranking official is in Afghanistan this week, meeting with deployed U.S. military troops and senior Afghan leaders. But notably absent from the agenda is a discussion with outgoing Afghan President Hamid Karzai.
Afghans braved threats of violence and searing heat Saturday to vote in a presidential runoff that likely will mark the country's first peaceful transfer of authority, an important step toward democracy as foreign combat troops leave.
How much was President Obama aware of the intelligence and accusations against Sgt. Bergdahl? If he was aware of it and still chose to let the five most dangerous terrorists held at Guantanamo go, then there is no question that he should be impeached.
Seeking to turn the page on more than a decade of war, President Barack Obama announced plans Tuesday for greatly reducing U.S. forces in Afghanistan by the end of the year and then ending the U.S. military commitment by the end of 2016.
President Barack Obama will seek to keep 9,800 U.S. troops in Afghanistan after the war formally ends later this year and then will withdraw most of those forces by 2016, senior administration officials said Tuesday.
President Barack Obama secretly slipped into Afghanistan under the cover of darkness Sunday for a weekend visit with U.S. troops serving in the closing months of America's longest war.
Facing criticism for neglecting veterans, President Obama secretly slipped into Afghanistan under the cover of darkness Sunday to visit U.S. troops serving in America's longest war.
President Barack Obama slipped into Afghanistan for a surprise visit Sunday and made clear that the U.S. will likely maintain a limited role here even after its combat mission ends this year and America's longest war comes to a close.
Afghanistan's presidential election will mark the first peaceful transition of power in the history of that unfortunate country.
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.
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.
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.
"If the election goes to the second round we are ready to go to the second round, and if we go to the second round I am confident that we will win," he told reporters on Sunday.
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.