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Afghan president says 2014 election will be on time

Published October 4, 2012 by Reuters
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(Reuters) - Afghan President Hamid Karzai said on Thursday that presidential elections would be held on time in 2014 and he would step aside as mandated, denying speculation that the exit of foreign troops and security problems would delay the poll.

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Suicide Bomber on Foot Attacks Joint Patrol in Eastern Afghanistan, Killing 19

Published October 2, 2012 by The New York Times
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KABUL, Afghanistan — A suicide bomber who walked into the crowded center of Khost in eastern Afghanistan on Monday morning as foreign and Afghan soldiers conducted a joint foot patrol killed three international service members and 16 Afghan police officers and civilians, witnesses and hospital officials said.

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U.S. Abandoning Hopes for Taliban Peace Deal

Published October 2, 2012 by The New York Times
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KABUL, Afghanistan — With the surge of American troops over and the Taliban still a potent threat, American generals and civilian officials acknowledge that they have all but written off what was once one of the cornerstones of their strategy to end the war here: battering the Taliban into a peace deal.

Afghanistan: Why don't we leave now?

Published September 20, 2012 by Christian Science Monitor
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Why can’t we just leave Afghanistan now? It’s the unspoken question that top Pentagon officials are endeavoring to answer in their assurances that America must stay its course in the war-torn country.

US in Afghanistan: opinion divided over suspension of joint operations

Published September 20, 2012 by The Guardian
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The US military caught London and other Nato allies by surprise when it rushed into halting on-the-ground operations with Afghan security forces, after four Americans and two British soldiers were killed by local policemen at the weekend.

Pakistan says Afghan peace requires clarity from U.S., Taliban

Published June 25, 2012 by Reuters
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KABUL (Reuters) - A hoped-for peace deal ending the war in Afghanistan will likely remain out of reach unless both the United States and the Taliban put more clear, consistent offers on the table, a senior diplomat from Afghanistan's influential neighbor Pakistan said.

Trip To Afghanistan Gives Uncertain Outlook

NPR's Tom Bowman is just back from a month in Afghanistan, where he went out on several missions with U.S. and Afghan security forces. Bowman speaks with host Rachel Martin about what he saw and the way ahead in the war.

Panetta Visits Afghanistan Amid Mounting Violence

Published June 8, 2012 by The New York Times
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KABUL, Afghanistan — Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta arrived in Afghanistan on Thursday after the deadliest day for civilians this year, caused in part by a NATO airstrike the day before in which Afghan officials say 18 women and children were killed.

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China steps up Afghan role as Western pullout nears

Published June 4, 2012 by Reuters
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(Reuters) - China and Afghanistan will sign an agreement in the coming days that strategically deepens their ties, Afghan officials say, the strongest signal yet that Beijing wants a role beyond economic partnership as Western forces prepare to leave the country.

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