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Travel warning: No Afghan territory safe

Travel warning: No Afghan territory safe

WASHINGTON, Feb. 21 (UPI) -- There is no territory in Afghanistan that should be considered safe from violence, a warning from the U.S. State Department said.
Afghanistan gearing up for national elections

Afghanistan gearing up for national elections

KABUL, Afghanistan, Feb. 20 (UPI) -- The Independent Election Commission in Afghanistan said it met with U.N., human rights officials and foreign representatives to review plans for the April vote.

U.S. seeking release of army sergeant held captive by Taliban

WASHINGTON, Feb. 19 (UPI) -- The United States wants the safe return of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, a Taliban captive in Afghanistan, but is not yet in negotiations with it, the White House said.
Commentary: Pakistan showdown

Commentary: Pakistan showdown

WASHINGTON, Feb. 18 (UPI) -- Far more dangerous than the Syrian civil war to the West is the upheaval in nuclear-armed Pakistan and its effect on the Afghan war.
ARNAUD DE BORCHGRAVE, UPI Editor at Large

Afghanistan's Karzai rejects bill limiting testimony in abuse cases

KABUL, Afghanistan, Feb. 17 (UPI) -- Afghan President Hamid Karzai rejected a bill that would have banned relatives from testifying against each other in abuse cases, his spokeswoman said Monday.

Karzai says Afghanistan's prisoner release 'no concern of U.S.'

KABUL, Afghanistan, Feb. 14 (UPI) -- Afghan President Hamid Karzai said his government's release of 65 prisoners, described by the United States as dangerous, is of "no concern" of Washington.

Afghan gov't releases 65 prisoners considered dangerous by U.S.

KABUL, Afghanistan, Feb. 13 (UPI) -- The Afghan government released 65 prisoners from the former Bagram prison Thursday the U.S. military said were linked directly to U.S. and allied troops.

U.S. said to mull shifting Afghanistan exit plans

WASHINGTON, Feb. 11 (UPI) -- A frustrated White House may wait until Afghanistan has a new leader before working out a troop withdrawal and post-withdrawal troop presence, officials said.

Afghan President Karzai urged to veto law that could protect abusers

KABUL, Afghanistan, Feb. 8 (UPI) -- Afghan President Hamid Karzai is being urged to veto a law that could protect those who abuse and sexually assault women and children from prosecution.
Kubis: Women will determine Afghan election success

Kubis: Women will determine Afghan election success

KABUL, Afghanistan, Feb. 5 (UPI) -- U.N. special envoy to Afghanistan Jan Kubis said Wednesday the role of women in political processes is a benchmark of democratic success.

Taliban deny report they are in talks with Afghan government

KABUL, Afghanistan, Feb. 4 (UPI) -- The Afghan Taliban said Tuesday a report in the New York Times that they are involved in talks with President Hamid Karzai's government is "baseless."

Afghan polls should be free from violence, U.N. says

KABUL, Afghanistan, Feb. 3 (UPI) -- The people of Afghanistan should be able to take part in an open political system without the fear of violence, U.N. special envoy Jan Kubis said.

Two killed on first day of Afghan presidential campaign

KABUL, Afghanistan, Feb. 2 (UPI) -- Two campaign workers were killed this weekend on the first official day of the presidential race in Afghanistan, officials said.

Germany pushes Afghanistan to sign security deal with U.S.

KABUL, Afghanistan, Feb. 1 (UPI) -- Germany's defense minister called on Afghanistan Saturday to sign a bilateral security agreement with the United States.

Karzai orders help for child suicide bomber and family

KABUL, Afghanistan, Feb. 1 (UPI) -- Afghan officials said Saturday the government is helping the family of a 10-year-old girl who was allegedly forced to go on a suicide-bombing mission.

U.S. senators: Karzai 'delusional,' 'not essential'

WASHINGTON, Jan. 28 (UPI) -- Some U.S. senators are urging the White House not to negotiate an agreement on keeping U.S. troops in Afghanistan until President Hamid Karzai leaves office.

Total U.S. pullout from Afghanistan could affect intelligence programs

KABUL, Afghanistan, Jan. 28 (UPI) -- U.S. intelligence agencies' work could be negatively affected if all American troops are withdrawn from Afghanistan, U.S. officials say.

NATO reviews future role in Afghanistan

BRUSSELS, Jan. 27 (UPI) -- NATO says Afghanistan's efforts to meet its security commitments in 2014 will pave the way for continued international support.

Bagram prison in Afghanistan to release 37 prisoners

BAGRAM, Afghanistan, Jan. 27 (UPI) -- The Afghanistan government announced the planned release of 37 prisoners at Bagram prison deemed dangerous by U.S. forces.
Karzai: No security pact with U.S. without peace talks with Taliban

Karzai: No security pact with U.S. without peace talks with Taliban

KABUL, Afghanistan, Jan. 25 (UPI) -- Until peace talks are underway with the Taliban, Afghanistan will not sign a security deal with the United States, Afghan President Hamid Karzai said Saturday.

NATO, U.S. defense chiefs review 2014 plans for Afghanistan

BRUSSELS, Jan. 24 (UPI) -- NATO's military committee chief said there should be "no doubts" about commitments to Afghanistan but a legal framework is needed to plan the mission.
Pentagon: U.S. should have 10,000 troops in Afghanistan or nothing

Pentagon: U.S. should have 10,000 troops in Afghanistan or nothing

WASHINGTON, Jan. 22 (UPI) -- The U.S. Defense Department has proposed leaving 10,000 soldiers in Afghanistan or pulling out completely, officials tell the New York Times.

Afghanistan Taliban say they expect victory

KABUL, Afghanistan, Jan. 17 (UPI) -- A spokesman for the Taliban in Afghanistan said international forces deployed in the country will eventually face defeat.
Commentary: Talibanized Pakistan?

Commentary: Talibanized Pakistan?

WASHINGTON, Jan. 15 (UPI) -- Pakistan to transfer nuclear weapons to Saudi Arabia for cash and cheap oil while the army edges to center stage to head off the Talibanization of its political life.
ARNAUD DE BORCHGRAVE, UPI Editor at Large

Suicide vest girl asks Karzai to put her in new home

LASHKAR GAH, Afghanistan, Jan. 13 (UPI) -- An Afghan girl, who said her brother and father forced her to wear a suicide vest, asked President Hamid Karzai to put her in a new home.
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