Hamid Karzai


Tue July 9, 2013
The Two-Way

Reports: Obama Considers Pulling All Troops From Afghanistan

Originally published on Tue July 9, 2013 11:50 am

U.S. troops at an April re-enlistment ceremony in Jalalabad, Afghanistan.
Manjunath Kiran AFP/Getty Images

President Obama is considering the withdrawal of all U.S. troops from Afghanistan by the end of 2014, leaving no small residual force in that nation, according to reports from The New York Times and CNN.

Here's how the Times begins its report:

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Tue June 25, 2013
The Two-Way

Attackers Killed During 'Brazen Assault' Near Afghan Palace

Originally published on Tue June 25, 2013 7:58 am

Afghan security officers at the scene of Tuesday's attack in Kabul.
S. Sabawoon EPA/LANDOV

The tenuous nature of efforts to bring peace to Afghanistan were dramatically underscored Tuesday morning when gunmen attacked buildings near Afghanistan's presidential palace in Kabul as journalists were gathering to hear from President Hamid Karzai about nascent plans for peace talks with the Taliban.

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Thu June 20, 2013
The Two-Way

A Plaque And A Flag: U.S. Tries To Revive Taliban Peace Talks

Originally published on Thu June 20, 2013 8:40 am

Guests arrive for the opening ceremony of the new Taliban political office in Doha on June 18.
Faisal Al-Timimi AFP/Getty Images

How hard will peace negotiations in Afghanistan be? For the past day — and before the first official meeting — the United States has been scrambling to get all parties to the table.

The talks were scheduled to begin today in Qatar, but now they are on hold.

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Wed June 19, 2013
The Two-Way

Taliban Attack Kills 4 Coalition Soldiers; Afghan Govt. Suspends Talks

Originally published on Wed June 19, 2013 8:17 am

Afghan President Hamid Karzai speaks during a ceremony Tuesday at a military academy on the outskirts of Kabul.
Rahmat Gul AP

In the hours following an announcement by the Taliban and the United States saying they were ready to begin peace talks, we received reminders of just how tenuous that situation is: On Tuesday night the Taliban said they fired two rockets near Bagram airbase in Kabul. The International Security Assistance Force said four service members were killed by "an indirect fire attack."

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Tue June 18, 2013
The Two-Way

NATO Hands Over Security Duty To Afghan Forces

Originally published on Tue June 18, 2013 8:22 am

Afghan President Hamid Karzai shakes hands with NATO Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen after a security handover ceremony at a military academy outside Kabul on Tuesday.
Shah Marai AFP/Getty Images

At a ceremony in Kabul, Afghanistan, on Tuesday, NATO officially handed over security of Afghanistan to the country's forces. It marked the first time the whole nation has been under Afghan control since the coalition invaded to oust the Taliban in 2001.

From Brussels, Teri Schultz filed this report for our Newscast unit:

"Afghan forces are now leading security operations all over the country, as NATO-led forces gradually drop back into a supporting role in the remaining, most difficult, districts.

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