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US: Afghan aid promises must be fulfilled

WASHINGTON, Sept. 6 (UPI) -- The White House said Friday the assassination attempt on Afghan President Hamid Karzai and bombings in Kabul underlined the need for countries to fulfull aid promises to improve the country's security and stability. Many countries have pledged aid, it sai

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Analysis: Afghanistan's currency challenge

WASHINGTON, Sept. 5 (UPI) -- Amid Afghanistan's continued turmoil, including the attempt on Thursday assassinate President Hamid Karzai, the country is attempting to stabilize its economy with a new currency. After months of deliberation, the Afghan government announced this week tha
SHIHOKO GOTO, UPI Senior Business Correspondent

Afghanistan unraveled

WASHINGTON, Aug. 21 (UPI) -- On Aug. 19, Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf warned the United States that its failure to establish control outside of Kabul has created conditions ripe for
ROBERT L. MAGINNIS, A UPI Outside view commentary

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Afghan security needs more outside help

WASHINGTON, July 25 (UPI) -- Stability and security in Afghanistan remain in great peril and require immediate attention from the United States and other governments, Afghan Foreign Minister Abdullah Abdullah told a strategic forum at a Washington think tank.
JENNI CHEW, for United Press International

Afghan minister denies government tension

WASHINGTON, July 24 (UPI) -- Afghan Foreign Minister Abdullah Abdullah dismissed reports of tension Wednesday between President Hamid Karzai and the nation's defense minister, which could d

Views are mixed on success of loya jirga

WASHINGTON, July 12 (UPI) -- Despite reports that the United States played a significant behind-the-scenes role in activities and outcomes of the recent loya jirga conference in Afghanistan, the Bush administration's key official on the region said at a recent think tank forum that t
CHRISTIAN BOURGE, UPI think tank correspondent

Think tanks wrap-up

WASHINGTON, July 12 (UPI) -- The UPI think tank wrap-up is a daily digest covering brief opinion pieces, reactions to recent news events and position statements released by various think tanks.

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Hamid Karzai
Afghan President Hamid Karzai takes a question from a reporter in the East Room of the White House after meeting with U.S. President Barack Obama in Washington on May 12, 2010. UPI/Roger L. Wollenberg
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Hamid Karzai, GCMG (Pashto: حامد کرزی, Ḥāmid Karzay; born 24 December 1957) is the 12th and current President of Afghanistan, taking office on 7 December 2004. He became a dominant political figure after the removal of the Taliban regime in late 2001. During the December 2001 International Conference on Afghanistan in Germany, Karzai was selected by prominent Afghan political figures to serve a six month term as Chairman of the Interim Administration.

He was then chosen for a two year term as Interim President during the 2002 loya jirga (grand assembly) that was held in Kabul, Afghanistan. After the 2004 presidential election, Karzai was declared winner and became President of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan. He won a second five-year-term in the 2009 presidential election.

Karzai was born on 24 December 1957 in the village of Karz, located on the edge of Kandahar City in southern Afghanistan. He is an ethnic Pashtun of the Popalzai tribe. His father, Abdul Ahad Karzai, served as the Deputy Speaker of the Parliament during the 1960s. His grandfather, Khair Mohammad Khan, had served in the 1919 Afghanistan's war of independence and as the Deputy Speaker of the Senate. Karzai's family were strong supporters of Zahir Shah, the last king of Afghanistan. His uncle, Habibullah Karzai, served as representative of Afghanistan at the UN and is said to have accompanied King Zahir Shah in the early 1960s to the United States for a special meeting with U.S. President John F. Kennedy.

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