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U.S. congratulates Afghanistan on 'historic' presidential elections

U.S. congratulates Afghanistan on 'historic' presidential elections

WASHINGTON, April 7 (UPI) -- U.S. President Barack Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry congratulated Afghanistan for a successful voter turnout for Saturday's presidential elections.
JC Finley
Extremely high voter turnout in Afghan elections despite Taliban threat

Extremely high voter turnout in Afghan elections despite Taliban threat

KABUL, Afghanistan, April 6 (UPI) -- Afghanistan's third presidential election saw remarkably high voter turnout despite threats of violence from the Taliban.
Aileen Graef
Afghanistan election held despite threat of violence

Afghanistan election held despite threat of violence

KABUL, Afghanistan, April 5 (UPI) -- Despite Taliban threat, very little violence during Afghanistan's first democratic election in modern history.
Danielle Haynes

The almanac

UPI Almanac for Friday, March 28, 2014.
By United Press International
Donald Rumsfeld: a 'trained ape' could do better on foreign policy than Obama

Donald Rumsfeld: a 'trained ape' could do better on foreign policy than Obama

March 25 (UPI) -- Former Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld told Fox News, "a trained ape" would be better at U.S.-Afghan relations than President Obama.
Aileen Graef

British provincial team ends work in Helmand

LONDON, March 20 (UPI) -- Thursday is the final working day for a British provincial reconstruction team in the Afghan province of Helmand, British Foreign Secretary William Hague said.
Afghan elections need to be fraud-free, U.N. says

Afghan elections need to be fraud-free, U.N. says

KABUL, Afghanistan, March 18 (UPI) -- Free and fair elections in Afghanistan are crucial for the country's successful future, U.N. deputy envoy Nicholas Haysom said Tuesday.
Karzai resolved not to sign Bilateral Security Agreement

Karzai resolved not to sign Bilateral Security Agreement

March 17 (UPI) -- Afghan President Hamid Karzai gave his final address to parliament Saturday, reiterating his opposition to signing the Bilateral Service Agreement with the U.S.
JC Finley
Karzai: Parts of Pakistani government aid terrorists

Karzai: Parts of Pakistani government aid terrorists

KABUL, Afghanistan, March 15 (UPI) -- Afghan President Hamid Karzai charged Saturday that Pakistan is supporting terrorism because it wants a regime in Afghanistan it can control.
Afghan vote won't be trouble-free, U.N.'s Ban says

Afghan vote won't be trouble-free, U.N.'s Ban says

UNITED NATIONS, March 13 (UPI) -- Provincial council and presidential elections in Afghanistan will likely have some flaws, a report from U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said Thursday.

Afghan right to vote critical, U.N. envoy says

KABUL, Afghanistan, March 12 (UPI) -- The right of all Afghans to take part in provincial council and presidential elections in April must be protected, U.N. special envoy Jan Kubis said Wednesday.

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.
Afghan President Hamid Karzai's wife gives birth in India

Afghan President Hamid Karzai's wife gives birth in India

GURGAON, India, March 7 (UPI) -- Afghan President Hamid Karzai's wife gave birth to the couple's third child at a hospital in India, officials said.
Karzai's brother steps down from presidential race

Karzai's brother steps down from presidential race

KABUL, Afghanistan, March 6 (UPI) -- Afghan President Hamid Karzai's brother Thursday stepped down from the presidential race and endorsed one of his brother's rivals, officials said.
Afghan military needs strong leadership, general says

Afghan military needs strong leadership, general says

BAKU, Azerbaijan, March 5 (UPI) -- Afghanistan needs "strong management and leadership" as it prepares to meet its future national security needs, a general said from Azerbaijan.
Karzai: 'It's time for me to move on'

Karzai: 'It's time for me to move on'

KABUL, Afghanistan, March 3 (UPI) -- Afghan President Hamid Karzai says the coalition war in his country was fought for U.S. and Western interests, not Afghanistan's.
U.N. says elections key to Afghanistan's stability

U.N. says elections key to Afghanistan's stability

BRUSSELS, Feb. 28 (UPI) -- A successful transfer of power in Afghanistan is necessary for the stability of the country, U.N. special envoy Jan Kubis told NATO defense ministers.

Afghanistan may be on its own, NATO says

BRUSSELS, Feb. 27 (UPI) -- Afghanistan will be on its own on national security if it doesn't sign off on security agreements, the NATO secretary-general said Thursday.

Afghans demonstrate in support of army

KABUL, Afghanistan, Feb. 27 (UPI) -- Afghans, outraged over the killings of 21 soldiers by the Taliban, rallied in support of their army and to urge for tougher action against the militants.
NATO role in Afghanistan may be limited

NATO role in Afghanistan may be limited

BRUSSELS, Feb. 26 (UPI) -- NATO Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen said Wednesday there will be no international forces in Afghanistan unless a bilateral security agreement is signed.
Obama tells Karzai U.S. will plan for 2014 withdrawal from Afghanistan

Obama tells Karzai U.S. will plan for 2014 withdrawal from Afghanistan

WASHINGTON, Feb. 25 (UPI) -- President Obama telephoned Afghan President Hamid Karzai on Tuesday to discuss a range of topics, including the not-yet-signed Bilateral Security Agreement.
JC Finley

Obama: U.S. developing contingency plans to leave Afghanistan

WASHINGTON, Feb. 25 (UPI) -- Hamid Karzai's failure to sign a security pact has caused the United States to develop contingency plans, President Obama told the Afghan president Tuesday.

OSCE has important Afghan role to play, U.S. says

UNITED NATIONS, Feb. 25 (UPI) -- U.S. Deputy Ambassador to the United Nations Rosemary DiCarlo said there was strong support for an OSCE role in aiding political transition in Afghanistan.

Taliban attack army base, kill 21 Afghan soldiers

KABUL, Afghanistan, Feb. 24 (UPI) -- The Taliban struck an army base in eastern Afghanistan's Kunar province, killing at least 21 Afghan soldiers, with six others missing, officials said.

Taliban say talks over release of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl postponed

KABUL, Afghanistan, Feb. 23 (UPI) -- The Taliban say they have decided to postpone prisoner exchange talks with the United States for the release of U.S. Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, held by the group.
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