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Aug 26, 2014

Afghan candidate threatens to pull out of election process

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.

Aug 24, 2014
Aug 20, 2014

Afghanistan gives NYT reporter 24 hours to leave country

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.

Aug 18, 2014

As Taliban push quickens, Afghan troops ordered: take no prisoners

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.

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Aug 7, 2014

Afghan soldier who killed U.S. general spent three years in army

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.

Aug 6, 2014

Soldier who killed U.S. general spent three years in Afghan army

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.

Aug 6, 2014

Where do we start? Afghan unity talks at early impasse

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.

    • About Hamid

      "Began my media career with Japanese TV (NHK) ten years ago in Islamabad where I had moved following the civil war in Afghanistan. I returned to Kabul in early 2002 and later joined Reuters as a correspondent. I cover the insurgency, the politics, and Afghan society from across the country."
      Joined Reuters:
      2007
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