July 5, 2004 |
Hamid Karzai, the Afghan president whose success or failure in his fractious country may stand as a crucial test of the Bush administration's antiterrorism strategy, displayed one trait yesterday that has helped him survive this far. "An honest man in any government, especially in my government, will not claim responsibility for any achievements," said a modest Karzai, wearing the green robe that has become his global trademark. "It is the Afghan people who have achieved this. " In an interview during his 24-hour trip to Philadelphia to accept the 2004 Liberty Medal, Karzai pointed to achievements he called remarkable but also bemoaned his challenges, starting with the faltering support from the West that some analysts believe may set the stage for a new crisis.
October 30, 2001
DAILY NEWS writer Dan D. Wiggs has insulted the entire Muslim world with his article suggesting that people dress like Afghan women for Halloween. The Afghan people are Muslim and we Muslims in America are united with them. The Afghan people have done nothing to harm the citizens of America. I have a better suggestion for a Halloween costume. If you must engage in this pagan celebration, then why not disguise yourself as an American woman? Here's how: First, put on makeup, fake hair, fake nails, fake breasts, fake eyelashes, get a fake sun tan and put on fake contacts that change your eye color.
July 11, 2004 |
On July Fourth, President Hamid Karzai received the 2004 Philadelphia Liberty Medal at Independence Hall in Philadelphia. Because of his leadership in moving Afghanistan toward stability, democratic governance and gender equality, President Karzai was certainly the right choice for this award. The people of Afghanistan share this honor with President Karzai. We see this award as recognition of the struggle of the Afghan people for the democracy, prosperity and human rights denied to them for a quarter of a century by war and violence.
July 4, 2011 |
KABUL, Afghanistan - Three U.S. senators visiting Kabul said Sunday that they are worried that President Obama's planned withdrawal of 33,000 American troops by September 2012 could undermine Afghan morale, embolden the insurgency, and hamper efforts to defeat the Taliban. John McCain, Joseph Lieberman, and Lindsey Graham said they are heartened by the progress of Afghan security forces, but are concerned that Obama's withdrawal plan could deplete American military strength before dealing a decisive blow to the Taliban, especially in eastern Afghanistan.
January 3, 1986 |
Six years ago, Soviet armed forces invaded Afghanistan, killed the president and installed a puppet regime. Since then, the occupation has grown in size and brutality. Supported by tanks, artillery and air power, Soviet troops have increased to about 120,000; Soviet losses already exceed 30,000. Yet the conflict shows no sign of abating. Indeed, recent reports indicate that Moscow is preparing for a protracted war of attrition. Despite overwhelming odds, the Afghan resistance has continued its extraordinary war of liberation.
July 25, 2010 |
President Obama is caught on the horns of an Afghan deadline dilemma. In December at West Point, the president pledged that "after 18 months, our troops will begin to come home. " He never spelled out the pace at which they'd leave, and he talked of a "responsible transition. " But Afghans took him to mean we were heading for the exits. This made the Taliban bolder and less likely to agree to a negotiated settlement. In other words, setting the 7/11 deadline made it less likely that it could be met. "The timeline is cutting our own throats," said David Kilcullen, author of the new book Counterinsurgency and an adviser to Gen. David Petraeus on strategy in Afghanistan and Iraq.
December 18, 2011 |
KABUL, Afghanistan - Afghanistan has achieved political stability, yet Afghans still do not feel personally secure in their daily lives, President Hamid Karzai said in an interview to be aired on Sunday. "The international coalition and the Afghan government have been able to provide, in the past 10 years, political stability to Afghanistan," Karzai said on CNN's Fareed Zakaria GPS . "But we have not been able - the United States, NATO, and Afghan government together - to provide the Afghan people with their individual personal security.
February 28, 2012
By James Carroll 'I extend to you and the Afghan people my sincere apologies. " President Obama sent this message to Afghan President Hamid Karzai last week in the thick of mass protests after U.S. personnel burned copies of the Quran. NATO commander Gen. John R. Allen had earlier offered "sincere apologies ... to the noble people of Afghanistan," but the demonstrations raged on. Members of Afghanistan's parliament called for jihad against Western forces, at least two coalition soldiers were shot dead, and multiple civilians were killed in the violence that accompanied the protests.
October 7, 2001 |
The United States tightened its noose around the Taliban regime in Afghanistan yesterday, airlifting troops to its northern border and rejecting a new plea for negotiations. Meanwhile, the United States continued laying the groundwork for a massive international effort to rebuild the battle-scarred nation after the fighting stops. In Kabul, Taliban forces fired on a mystery airplane that flew high over the city, tweaking the Afghan capital's nerves just as residents who fled in panic after Sept.
January 15, 2013 |
KABUL, Afghanistan - The Afghan president said Monday that a meeting of the nation's elders should convene to decide whether U.S. troops staying in the country after 2014 would be immune from prosecution under Afghan law. President Hamid Karzai's remarks were his first since returning from Washington, where he met last week with President Obama about the future of the alliance between the two countries. This was also the first time Karzai has floated the idea that Afghans should hold a "loya jirga" - a national assembly of elders - to make the decision on U.S. troop immunity.