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Jul 11, 2012

U.S. crafted Pakistan “apology” to suit allies abroad, opponents at home

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – In the end it was a meeting in a nondescript conference room in Chicago that finally set in motion the long-awaited U.S. apology to Pakistan last week ending a seven-month impasse over NATO supply routes for the Afghan war.

The meeting in late May followed months of clamoring by Islamabad, images of flag-draped coffins on TV, and widespread outcry from Pakistanis incensed by the U.S. air attack that killed 24 of their soldiers on the Afghan border last November.

Jul 5, 2012

Long road ahead in U.S.-Pakistan ties after NATO deal

ISLAMABAD (Reuters) – Pakistan and the United States are set to resume broader talks on security cooperation, militant threats, aid and other issues in the wake of an agreement to reopen supply routes into Afghanistan, Pakistan’s envoy to Washington said on Thursday.

But bridging underlying differences that strained U.S.-Pakistani ties close to the breaking point will be daunting as the allies remain at odds over how to handle the twin threats of the Taliban in Afghanistan and militants in Pakistani tribal areas.

Jul 4, 2012

Can turning Taliban foot soldiers turn the Afghan war?

KABUL (Reuters) – Former Taliban fighter Mullah Rassoul is a man with few friends.

After he joined a NATO-backed program to pacify lower-level insurgents this year, he says he was harassed by a government-supported militia in his area of north Afghanistan.

Jul 4, 2012

Can turning Taliban foot soldiers turn the Afghan war?

KABUL (Reuters) – Former Taliban fighter Mullah Rassoul is a man with few friends.

After he joined a NATO-backed programme to pacify lower-level insurgents this year, he says he was harassed by a government-supported militia in his area of north Afghanistan.

Jul 2, 2012

U.S., Pakistan deal seen soon on Afghan supply routes

ISLAMABAD (Reuters) – The United States and Pakistan are expected to agree soon on the reopening of land routes crucial to supplying NATO troops in Afghanistan, a Pakistani official said on Monday, a move that could ease a seven-month crisis in the two countries’ ties.

A senior Pakistani security official told Reuters a deal could be announced soon, potentially ending the long stalemate following a U.S. air attack last November that killed 24 Pakistani soldiers along the border with Afghanistan.

Jul 2, 2012

Tokyo declaration to push donors, Afghanistan to make better use of aid

KABUL (Reuters) – Donor countries will ask Afghanistan to build up safeguards against corruption even as they pledge to channel more aid money through the government’s coffers, in a document that will be the centerpiece of a major aid conference next week.

The meeting in Tokyo on July 8 aims to secure aid commitments for Afghanistan in the years up to 2014, when most NATO troops will depart, and to chart a course for assistance beyond then as donors seek to prevent a country still mired in insurgent war from slipping back into greater poverty and chaos.

Jun 29, 2012

Troop immunity likely to be focus of U.S., Afghanistan deal

KABUL (Reuters) – U.S. and Afghan officials are likely to tussle over legal protections for American soldiers in Afghanistan when they begin negotiations on a security agreement that would allow some U.S. troops to remain beyond 2014.

Afghan officials say they expect the deal with the United States to include the number of U.S. troops permitted to remain in Afghanistan beyond 2014; the number of bases where troops will be located, and who will control them; what those troops can and can’t do and legal immunities for those soldiers.

Jun 27, 2012

Afghan envoy urges Pakistan to help revitalize talks

KABUL (Reuters) – Afghanistan’s top peace negotiator urged Pakistan on Wednesday to free Taliban prisoners and push militant leaders into peace negotiations, saying Islamabad must do more to help bring an end to the 10-year Afghan war.

Salahuddin Rabbani, in his first Western media interview since taking his job in April, said he hoped to revive a process many Afghan and Western officials see as the best chance of restoring calm before a 2014 pullout of foreign combat troops.

Jun 25, 2012

Pakistan says Afghan peace requires clarity from U.S., Taliban

KABUL (Reuters) – A hoped-for peace deal ending the war in Afghanistan will likely remain out of reach unless both the United States and the Taliban put more clear, consistent offers on the table, a senior diplomat from Afghanistan’s influential neighbor Pakistan said.

“We don’t think all these issues can be solved by fighting. There must be a political process, but the parties need to be serious about it,” Mohammad Sadiq, Islamabad’s ambassador in Kabul, told Reuters in an interview.

Jun 20, 2012

U.S. recommends no criminal charges for Afghan Koran burning

KABUL (Reuters) – U.S. soldiers involved in burning copies of the Koran in Afghanistan may face only administrative discipline, a U.S. official said, a move that could deepen frustration among Afghans seeking more serious punishment for a series of public American missteps there this year.

A U.S. official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said on Wednesday that an investigation into the February incident on a NATO military base near Kabul concluded with recommendations for administrative action for the military personnel involved.

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