The number of troops that he has announced to be withdrawn is a sign that Afghanistan is taking over its own security and is trying to defend its territory by its own meansKarzai hails U.S. troop drawdown Jun 23, 2011
The things that have been said about President Karzai are not new. They've been alleged in the media in the past and we are not surprisedWorld leaders condemn, downplay WikiLeaks Nov 29, 2010
No one wants foreigners in their country. And the whole point of what we're doing is transitioning to Afghan lead and Afghan responsibilityBiden gets update on Afghan security Jan 10, 2011
The people of Afghanistan understand this tragedy more than anyone else because a large number of people fall prey to such attacks on a daily basis'Black widow' tied to Moscow airport blast Jan 25, 2011
The Afghan nation doesn't want the defense of this country to be in the hands of others anymoreKarzai rolls out transition plan Mar 22, 2011
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.