Abdullah rejects Afghan election audit as crisis deepens

Kabul  - Afghan presidential candidate Abdullah Abdullah on Wednesday withdrew from a UN-supervised audit of the fraud-tainted election, tipping the country deeper into crisis less than a week before the scheduled inauguration. Abdullah’s [...]

Last post: US mail service winds down in Afghanistan

Gardez (Afghanistan)  - Even in the age of emails and Internet video chatting, there’s nothing like a parcel or a letter from home for US soldiers on deployment in Afghanistan. The incoming mail at Forward Operating Base (FOB) Lightning [...]

Afghan election dispute enters risky new phase

Kabul  - Afghanistan’s 10-week election crisis entered a risky new stage on Monday when officials started invalidating fraudulent votes in a process likely to bring to a head the bitter dispute between the presidential candidates. The [...]

New Afghan president to take office September 2: Karzai

Kabul – Afghan President Hamid Karzai said Saturday his successor would take office on September 2, despite a slow-moving vote audit designed to eliminate fraudulent ballots cast for the two contenders. “The Afghan government is [...]

NATO soldier dies in Kabul stabbing

Kabul – A NATO soldier was stabbed to death on the streets of Kabul on Wednesday, officials said, in an unusual attack that highlighted hostility to foreign troops who are withdrawing from the country. The soldier, whose nationality has [...]

Afghanistan orders US reporter to leave over election story

Kabul  - Afghanistan on Wednesday ordered a New York Times correspondent to leave the country after he wrote an article saying government ministers and officials were threatening to seize power to end a stand-off over election results. The [...]

2013 record year for deadly attacks on aid workers

United Nations (United States) – Attacks on aid workers reached a new peak in 2013, with 155 relief staff killed, and this year is shaping up as equally deadly, according to figures released Tuesday. Afghanistan topped the list of countries [...]

Afghan special forces brace for exit of US elite troops

Rish Khor (Afghanistan) – If Afghanistan is to avoid the chaotic breakdown seen in Iraq, US-trained special forces undergoing instruction at a drill camp outside Kabul must play a key part in imposing security — and building public [...]

Karzai calls for end to Afghan election impasse

Kabul  - Afghan President Hamid Karzai appealed Tuesday for the two men vying to succeed him to end their dispute over election results and save the country from further violence and economic decline. Afghanistan has been paralysed for months [...]

Amnesty slams US over civilian deaths in Afghanistan

Kabul  - The families of thousands of civilians killed by American forces in Afghanistan have been left without justice or compensation, Amnesty International said Monday, in a damning indictment of the US military as it withdraws. Amnesty [...]

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