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May 28, 2014

Afghan leader praises U.S. move to withdraw all troops by 2016

KABUL (Reuters) – Outgoing Afghan President Hamid Karzai welcomed a U.S. decision to withdraw all troops by the end of 2016, saying on Wednesday that this should give the Taliban a reason to end their insurgency and negotiate with the next government.

Karzai had previously been fiercely opposed to signing a security agreement with Washington which would leave a small contingent of U.S. troops in the country beyond 2014.

May 28, 2014
May 28, 2014

Pakistani Taliban splits as divisions grow within insurgency http://t.co/YhlxGaUuAr

Pakistani Taliban splits as divisions grow within insurgency http://t.co/YhlxGaUuAr

May 26, 2014
May 22, 2014

Taliban offensive picks up as Afghan run-off campaign begins

KABUL (Reuters) – The last two men in the race to become Afghanistan’s next president on Thursday began a second round of campaigning ahead of the run-off election on June 14.

The election will take place at the height of the summer fighting season when the insurgency is at its most violent, stoking fears the Taliban may be more able to disrupt the vote after failing to prevent a high turnout in the first round.

May 21, 2014

Afghan election body sacks thousands over fraud ahead of run-off

KABUL (Reuters) – Afghanistan’s election commission said on Wednesday it had fired more than 3,000 staff accused of fraud in the first round of the country’s presidential election, as it sought to quell fears that it might fail to deliver a legitimate outcome.

Afghans voted on April 5 in the first round of the election to pick a successor to President Hamid Karzai, who is barred by the constitution from standing for a third term after more than a decade in power.

May 15, 2014
May 15, 2014

Afghan presidential election heads for run-off in mid-June

KABUL (Reuters) – The Afghan election headed for a second round run-off in mid-June between Abdullah Abdullah, a former opposition leader, and ex-World Bank economist Ashraf Ghani after final results on Thursday showed no candidate had won an absolute majority.

The run-off will be held on June 14 and the results will be announced on July 22.

May 15, 2014
May 14, 2014

Afghan election result delayed till Thursday by over 900 serious complaints

KABUL (Reuters) – The final result of the presidential election held in Afghanistan over a month ago will be announced on Thursday, a day later than planned because of a high number of voter complaints, the election authorities said.

Preliminary results late last month indicated no candidate would emerge with an absolute majority. If final results confirm the initial count, a run-off will be held between the two leading contenders, former foreign minister Abdullah Abdullah and ex-World Bank economist Ashraf Ghani.

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      "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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