KABUL (Reuters) – One of two candidates competing to succeed Afghan leader Hamid Karzai threatened on Tuesday to pull out of a U.N.-backed audit of a disputed presidential election, undermining a process meant to defuse a volatile standoff between the contenders.
The investigation is part of a U.S.-brokered deal between presidential candidates Abdullah Abdullah and Ashraf Ghani, both of whom claim to have won the election that was hoped would usher in the country’s first democratic transfer of power.
Policemen n Khost emptied their AKs in celebratory gunfire for 20mins last night coz the police chief was promoted from Col 2 Gen #OnlyinAFG
KABUL (Reuters) – Afghanistan has given a New York Times reporter 24 hours to leave the country, accusing him of not cooperating with an investigation into his reporting, the Attorney General’s office said on Wednesday.
Matthew Rosenberg, 40, was summoned for questioning on Tuesday after the newspaper ran a story about officials discussing plans to form an interim government and “seize power” if a deadlock over the presidential election failed to break soon.
KABUL (Reuters) – As U.S. forces withdraw from Afghanistan, the battlefield they leave behind is changing dramatically and becoming more deadly.
No longer pinned down by U.S. air cover, Taliban fighters are attacking Afghan military posts in larger numbers with the aim of taking and holding ground, a shift from the hit-and-run strikes with posses of gunmen, explosives and suicide bombers.
Several “Ring of Steel” (#Kabul Police checkpoints) in the city has become ring of steal and harassment, #Afghanistan
Suicide bomber targeted a convoy of foreign troops, killing at least 4 civilians & wounding 7 more in #Kabul #Afghanistan, interior min says
Kandahar Pol Chief Gen Raziq to reporters: ‘I have ordered my men to execute insurgents on the spot once captured & not hand them over’ #AFG
KABUL (Reuters) – The Afghan soldier who killed U.S. Major General Harold Greene had spent three years in the army before he squeezed off two to three bursts of gunfire from a first-floor window at a senior military delegation in Kabul, officials said on Wednesday.
As details emerged about Tuesday’s attack at a military complex in the Afghan capital, a picture was forming of a rogue Afghan soldier who may have been difficult to spot before he killed Greene and wounded 14 coalition troops.
KABUL (Reuters) – The Afghan who opened fire on a high-ranking delegation visiting a military complex in Kabul, killing U.S. Major General Harold Greene, had served in the army for three years, an Afghan defense official said on Wednesday.
In the immediate aftermath of Tuesday’s attack, the Defence Ministry had described the gunman, who was also killed, as a “terrorist in army uniform”, indicating its belief he was an Islamist militant who had infiltrated the army from outside.
KABUL (Reuters) – The two men vying to become Afghanistan’s next leader may have shaken hands on a deal to resolve a bitterly disputed election, but they are miles apart on a critical component of their gentleman’s agreement – forming a united government.
Four months after Afghans first went to the polls to choose President Hamid Karzai’s successor, the final result could still be weeks, possibly months away, as hundreds of international monitors painstakingly audit the ballot – one vote at a time – to vet for fraud.