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Jun 23, 2011
Jun 23, 2011

Obama sets in motion U.S. pullout from Afghanistan

WASHINGTON/KABUL (Reuters) – President Barack Obama announced steps for a phased pullout of 100,000 troops from Afghanistan to end a costly war launched after the September 11, 2001, attacks and switch the focus to the troubled economy.

But the Afghan Taliban, resurgent a decade after being toppled from power, dismissed Obama’s announcement as symbolic and said only a full, immediate withdrawal of foreign forces could stop “pointless bloodshed.” They rejected any suggestion of U.S. gains against the insurgents.

Jun 21, 2011
Jun 20, 2011

Afghan bank crisis talks “a waste of time” – minister

KABUL, June 20 (Reuters) – Negotiations between Kabul and
the IMF over a banking scandal that put tens of millions of
dollars in aid at risk appeared to break down on Monday when
Afghanistan’s finance minister called future talks “a waste of
my time”.

“We are now negotiating with a partner who is not a willing
partner to actually conclude this,” Omar Zakhilwal told a news
conference.

Jun 19, 2011
Jun 19, 2011

Afghanistan says will deal with IMF crisis after summer holiday

KABUL, June 19 (Reuters) – Afghanistan said on Sunday it
won’t be able to address a key International Monetary Fund
concern over a looming cash crisis, sparked by a corruption
scandal at a failed bank, for more than a month because
lawmakers are on holidays.

Reuters reported on Friday that the IMF had rejected
Afghanistan’s plans to deal with the failed Kabulbank and other
broader financial concerns, a step that automatically blocked
the payment of $70 million in aid from foreign donors.

Jun 18, 2011

Afghan cash crunch looms, millions withheld over bank

KABUL (Reuters) – The International Monetary Fund has rejected Afghanistan’s plan to deal with a failed bank at the center of a corruption crisis, a step that has blocked tens of millions of dollars in aid and may put development projects worth billions more at risk.

Three diplomats involved in negotiations between the aid-reliant Afghan government, donor nations and the IMF said Kabul had failed to address the fund’s concerns over the scandal-hit Kabulbank by a deadline last Saturday.

Jun 17, 2011

Exclusive: Afghan cash crunch looms, millions withheld over bank

KABUL (Reuters) – The International Monetary Fund has rejected Afghanistan’s plan to deal with a failed bank at the center of a corruption crisis, a step that has blocked tens of millions of dollars in aid and may put development projects worth billions more at risk.

Three diplomats involved in negotiations between the aid-reliant Afghan government, donor nations and the IMF said Kabul had failed to address the fund’s concerns over the scandal-hit Kabulbank by a deadline last Saturday.

Jun 17, 2011

Exclusive – Afghan cash crunch looms as millions withheld

KABUL (Reuters) – The International Monetary Fund has rejected Afghanistan’s plan to deal with a failed bank at the centre of a corruption crisis, a step that has blocked tens of millions of dollars in aid and may put development projects worth billions more at risk.

Three diplomats involved in negotiations between the aid-reliant Afghan government, donor nations and the IMF said Kabul had failed to address the fund’s concerns over the scandal-hit Kabulbank by a deadline last Saturday.

Jun 17, 2011
    • About Paul

      "Paul Tait is Afghanistan Bureau Chief for Thomson Reuters, based in Kabul. Most recently Paul was a Specialist Sub-Editor, World Desk, Asia based in Singapore. Formerly based in Sydney, he was a senior correspondent in Iraq for a year before joining the Asia desk in mid-2008. Paul has also worked across Southeast Asia and the Pacific. He worked in Hong Kong for 6 years before joining Reuters and began his career as a sports reporter at The Sydney Morning Herald."
      Joined Reuters:
      1996
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