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Topic - Mark Sedwill
Demonstrators battled police in southern Afghanistan's main city on Sunday and took to the streets in the turbulent east for the first time as Western pleas failed to halt the third day of rage over a Florida pastor's burning of the Quran.
With the war at a critical stage, Afghanistan's president is publicly berating his NATO allies, criticizing military tactics and occasionally reminding them that they are not the only players in his country.
KABUL, Afghanistan | NATO may keep fighting in Afghanistan past its 2014 target date for shifting authority to Afghan forces, the alliance's top civilian in the country said Wednesday.
NATO forces may still lead some combat operations in Afghanistan beyond 2014, the target date for shifting authority to Afghan troops, the alliance's top civilian in the country said Wednesday.
NATO's top commander in Afghanistan offered a cautiously optimistic assessment of the transition of security duties to Afghan forces during a briefing with alliance representatives on Wednesday, a U.S. official said.
Afghan President Hamid Karzai urged citizens to vote in Saturday's parliamentary election despite a Taliban threat warning people not to leave their homes and violence on the eve of the ballot.
At an international conference on Tuesday, the Afghan government will ask donors to put 80 percent of aid money behind programs that the Afghans -- not foreign capitals -- deem important to development.
America's Afghan and international allies embraced the choice of Gen. David Petraeus to run the war in Afghanistan, hoping the architect of the Iraq surge will seamlessly pursue the strategy laid down by his predecessor and smooth over divisions that led to his dismissal.
U.S. Army Gen. David H. Petraeus, the U.S. and NATO military commander, and the top NATO civilian representative in Afghanistan, Mark Sedwill, said they "hope the
Mr. Sedwill, the NATO representative, said it wasn't clear whether Mr. Karzai's comments were driven by a desire to pander to public opinion.