Afghan Vice President Mohammad Qasim Fahim, 57, dies

KABUL, Afghanistan, March 9 (UPI) -- Afghan Vice President Mohammad Qasim Fahim, who has been the country's vice president twice, died Sunday, the presidential palace said. He was 57.

Sixteen scratched from list of Afghan presidential candidates

KABUL, Afghanistan, Oct. 22 (UPI) -- Only 10 of 26 candidates have been found eligible to run in Afghanistan's presidential elections in 2014, say officials with the country's election commission.

Afghan defense minister resigns

KABUL, Afghanistan, Aug. 8 (UPI) -- Afghan Defense Minister Abdul Rahim Wardak, bowing to Parliament's wishes, resigned, although he'd been asked to stay on until a replacement was found.

Karzai to find replacements for ministers

KABUL, Afghanistan, Aug. 6 (UPI) -- Two top Afghan ministers, dismissed by Parliament, have been asked to stay until their replacements are found, Afghan President Hamid Karzai said.

Afghan Parliament dismisses 2 ministers

KABUL, Afghanistan, Aug. 4 (UPI) -- The Afghan Parliament Saturday fired the defense and interior ministers for their failure to respond to cross-border shelling from Pakistan.
Karzai condemns U.S. airstrike

Karzai condemns U.S. airstrike

KABUL, Afghanistan, June 7 (UPI) -- Afghan President Hamid Karzai Thursday condemned a U.S. airstrike that Afghan officials said killed 18 civilians, including nine children and four women.
U.S. losing patience with Pakistan

U.S. losing patience with Pakistan

KABUL, Afghanistan, June 7 (UPI) -- U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said Thursday U.S. officials are "reaching the limits of our patience" with Pakistan providing havens for terrorists.
NATO chief warns about Afghan exit

NATO chief warns about Afghan exit

BRUSSELS, April 19 (UPI) -- The stability of Afghanistan is vital for all members of NATO, Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen said Thursday.
United States to cease Afghan night raids

United States to cease Afghan night raids

KABUL, Afghanistan, April 8 (UPI) -- The U.S. military signed an agreement with Afghanistan in Kabul Sunday to stop launching night-time raids on insurgent targets, officials said.
U.S. signs Afghanistan detainee agreement

U.S. signs Afghanistan detainee agreement

NEW YORK, March 9 (UPI) -- The United States has agreed to transfer control of detainees at Afghanistan's Parwan detention center to Afghan authorities. officials said.
U.S., Afghan officials review security

U.S., Afghan officials review security

WASHINGTON, Feb. 24 (UPI) -- Afghan officials need to maintain vigilance to "reap the rewards of peace and stability," the Afghan defense minister said in Washington.

Afghanistan seeing more foreign militants

KABUL, Afghanistan, Oct. 15 (UPI) -- Afghanistan Defense Minister Gen. Abdul Rahim Wardak says U.S. success in Iraq is prompting more foreign militants to fight in his country instead.
Al-Qaida blamed for assassination attempt

Al-Qaida blamed for assassination attempt

KABUL, Afghanistan, May 5 (UPI) -- Afghan officials blamed al-Qaida-backed militants for an attempt to kill President Hamid Karzai, despite the arrests of two low-ranking government workers.

Hundreds held in Karzai shooting attempt

KABUL, Afghanistan, April 28 (UPI) -- Funeral services were conducted Monday for a Shiite Muslim leader, one of three people killed in an assassination attempt on Afghan President Hamid Karzai.

Analysis: Germany enters Afghan war

BERLIN, Jan. 31 (UPI) -- It looks like Germany has succumbed to international pressure and will now send battle forces to Afghanistan.
STEFAN NICOLA, UPI Germany Correspondent

Afghanistan skeptical Iran arming Taliban

WASHINGTON, Oct. 19 (UPI) -- Afghan Defense Minister Gen. Abdul Rahim Wardak said evidence of Iranian cooperation in arming Taliban insurgents with advanced weapons is inconclusive.

More foreign fighters inside Afghanistan

WASHINGTON, Oct. 18 (UPI) -- Afghanistan’s defense minister says more foreign fighters are entering his nation from Pakistan than in 2001 when international forces ousted the Taliban.

Afghanistan's foreign minister replaced

KABUL, Afghanistan, March 23 (UPI) -- Afghanistan's foreign minister, Abdullah Abdullah, has been replaced in a cabinet reshuffle proposed by President Hamid Karzai. Abdullah will be replaced by Karzai's adviser on foreign affairs, Rangeen Dadfar Spanta, the BBC reported Wednesday.

Wardak: Afghan troops ready in five years

BRUSSELS, March 13 (UPI) -- Afghanistan can reduce its dependency on foreign troops within the next four or five years, Afghan Foreign Minister Abdul Rahim Wardak said Monday. "I doubt there will be a need for deployment of a large number of international troops" when Afghanistan ge

Karzai names new cabinet

KABUL, Afghanistan, Dec. 23 (UPI) -- Fresh from his win in Afghanistan's first presidential election, Hamid Karzai Thursday named his new cabinet that excludes Defense Minister Mohammed Fahim.