KABUL (Reuters) – The Afghan army and police may soon be in charge of security for nearly half of their population, under plans for the second stage of a security transfer that NATO nations hope will serve as firm evidence their troops can come home on deadline.
Foreign nations fighting in Afghanistan have agreed with Afghan President Hamid Karzai that all combat soldiers will leave by the end of 2014. They are organising a years-long handover to consolidate Afghan control more effectively.
KABUL (Reuters) – Afghan police have dismantled the protest camp of a hunger-striking politician and taken her to hospital, raising concerns the government may be taking a harder line on political dissent after a year of chaos and stagnation in parliament.
Former member of parliament Semin Barekzai stopped eating and moved into a tent outside parliament at the start of October to protest being stripped of her seat by poll authorities in August, nearly a year after the vote.