Former Islamic warlord Sayyaf announces bid for Afghan presidency

Former Islamic warlord Sayyaf announces bid for Afghan presidency

KABUL, Afghanistan, Oct. 4 (UPI) -- Abdul Rasoul Sayyaf, a former Islamic commander who brought al-Qaida leaders to Afghanistan, has registered to run for president, officials said.
Does the Taliban need a diplomatic voice?

Does the Taliban need a diplomatic voice?

WASHINGTON, Sept. 19 (UPI) -- Giving the Taliban diplomatic influence is a much-needed step in political reconciliation efforts in Afghanistan, a U.S. foreign policy expert said.

Outlook dim for peace jirga, scholars say

WASHINGTON, May 14 (UPI) -- Reintegration and reconciliation talks planned for Afghan insurgents may produce few near-term gains because the Taliban feel victorious, U.S. scholars say.

Political reform key to Afghan success

WASHINGTON, Jan. 28 (UPI) -- Government reform in Afghanistan led by President Hamid Karzai is necessary for the international mission to succeed, a U.S. defense analyst said.

Government reform key to Afghanistan effort

WASHINGTON, July 31 (UPI) -- The effort to bring security to Afghanistan depends more on building an effective government than defeating the insurgency, analysts say.

Obama strategy a 'reasonable compromise'

WASHINGTON, March 3 (UPI) -- The strategy to draw down U.S. military forces in Iraq while building troop strength in Afghanistan is a "reasonable compromise," an analyst said.

Cease-fires aid force transition in Iraq

WASHINGTON, June 13 (UPI) -- U.S. military operations in Iraq are still needed, but the mission has shifted from fighting wars to keeping the peace, regional analysts said.

Britain faces violent withdrawal from Iraq

LONDON, Aug. 19 (UPI) -- British forces in Iraq face a humiliating retreat and a hard fight when it comes time to withdraw from Iraq, says a U.S. adviser.

U.S. Embassy in Iraq raises questions

BAGHDAD, July 24 (UPI) -- U.S. planners say the controversial new U.S. Embassy in Baghdad may not be adequately secure for a heightened civil war in Iraq.

Maliki: U.S. surge prevented civil war

BAGHDAD, May 30 (UPI) -- Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki said the surge of U.S. forces that began arriving in February staved off a civil war in his country.

Iraq security stations hampered by trust

BAGHDAD, March 20 (UPI) -- Experts say the joint U.S.-Iraqi security stations created as part of the latest Iraq security crackdown are being hindered by a lack of trust.

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