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# hamid-karzai - Saturday 18 January, 2014

IMF and UN staff among dead in Kabul restaurant attack

A suicide bomber detonated his vest at the entrance to the Lebanese restaurant as two other militants opened fire on customers.

# hamid-karzai - Monday 25 November, 2013

Death by stoning may return as punishment for adultery in Afghanistan

The penalty for married adulterers, as well as 100 lashes by whip for unmarried offenders, appears in a draft revision of the country’s penal code.

# hamid-karzai - Thursday 21 November, 2013

Up to 12,000 troops to stay in Afghanistan after NATO mission ends

US Secretary of State John Kerry says the US role will be “limited”.

# hamid-karzai - Wednesday 19 June, 2013

Afghanistan suspends talks with US over name of new Taliban office

The Taliban’s decision to use the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan name on its new office in Qatar has prompted the ire of the Afghan government.

# hamid-karzai - Monday 8 April, 2013

Nine killed after bomb hits Afghan bus

The bomb blast in which 22 people were also injured follows a NATO air strike on Saturday which killed 11 children.

# hamid-karzai - Sunday 10 March, 2013

Taliban are in 'daily' talks with the US, says president

Afgahnistan president Hamid Karzai criticised the Taliban for holding the talks at the same time as they carry out suicide attacks that kill civilians and children.

# hamid-karzai - Monday 7 January, 2013

Hillary Clinton returns to work, to meet with American ambassador to Ireland

Following a series of health problems including a blood clot in her head, the US Secretary of State has a full schedule this week ahead of her departure later this month.

# hamid-karzai - Tuesday 14 August, 2012

Afghanistan: dozens killed in worst day of attacks on civilians this year

Attacks come amid preparations to celebrate the end of Ramadan.

# hamid-karzai - Sunday 20 May, 2012

Withdrawal from Afghanistan key issue at NATO summit

NATO Secretary General Rasmussen says goal and strategy “remain unchanged” despite French plans to pull troops out early.

# hamid-karzai - Sunday 13 May, 2012

Leading Afghan peace negotiator shot dead by unidentified gunman

Arsala Rahmani – a former minister in the Taliban administration – is killed, in a major blow to Hamid Karzai’s efforts for peace.

# hamid-karzai - Wednesday 2 May, 2012

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On Afghan trip, Obama says US is on a path to 'destroying Al Qaeda'

The US president was speaking on the day he signed an agreement for the period after US forces withdraw from Afghanistan in 2014.

# hamid-karzai - Thursday 15 March, 2012

Afghan president demands pull out as Taliban suspends talks with US

The latest developments come amid anger over the US’s decision to fly a soldier suspected of killing 16 civilians over the weekend to Kuwait last night when officials demanded he be tried in Afghanistan.

# hamid-karzai - Thursday 12 January, 2012

US denounces video showing Marines 'urinating on Taliban dead' Afghanistan This post contains videos

US denounces video showing Marines 'urinating on Taliban dead'

Defence secretary Leon Panetta calls Hamid Karzai and promises a full investigation into the video, which was leaked online.

# hamid-karzai - Thursday 1 December, 2011

Afghan president 'pardons' raped woman - but now she is to marry attacker

Around 5,000 people had signed a petition calling for the woman’s release from prison, after she was sentenced for having sex outside of marriage.

# hamid-karzai - Sunday 20 November, 2011

Afghan students protest US security pact negotiations

Protest follows tribal leaders’ decision to back negotiations for a new security agreement with the US.

# hamid-karzai - Thursday 20 October, 2011

US 'will not abandon Afghanistan'

Meeting Afghan leaders in an unannounced trip to Kabul, Hillary Clinton urged Karzai to continue engaging in peace talks with the Tablian.

# hamid-karzai - Wednesday 5 October, 2011

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The Daily Fix: Wednesday

In tonight’s Fix: All the latest from the Race for the Áras; what Bertie Ahern has been doing since he left office; real-life Angry Birds; and when Bono said the f-word on television.

Six arrested as plot to assassinate Afghan president Hamid Karzai foiled

One of the men arrested was said to be a bodyguard of the Afghan president.

# hamid-karzai - Monday 18 July, 2011

Petraeus hands over command in Afghanistan to take up CIA role

What’s next for the nearly 10-year-old conflict?

# hamid-karzai - Thursday 14 July, 2011

Four dead in suicide bombing at Karzai brother's memorial service

Afghan president was away in Kabul when attack was launched on Kandahar mosque. UN figures show number of Afghan civilians killed this year is up on figures for last year.

# hamid-karzai - Tuesday 12 July, 2011

Afghan president’s brother assassinated

Ahmad Wali Karzai has reportedly been killed by his bodyguard.

# hamid-karzai - Saturday 18 June, 2011

Karzai confirms US involved in Taliban peace talks

Afghan president’s comments are the first official acknowledgement of such negotiations.

# hamid-karzai - Sunday 5 June, 2011

US withdrawal from Afghanistan will only be "modest" - Gates

Ahead of an official announcement, the US defence secretary says Afghanistan is too unstable to lose a major presence.

# hamid-karzai - Saturday 4 June, 2011

Former Martin advisor expelled from Afghanistan over Taliban talks

A WikiLeaks cable reveals that a former advisor to Micheál Martin was expelled over accusations he held talks with militants.

# hamid-karzai - Monday 30 May, 2011

NATO apologises after botched airstrike kills women and children in Afghanistan

Afghan president Hamid Karzai has asked NATO forces to coordinate airstrikes with his army but it appears NATO did not do so on this occasion.

# hamid-karzai - Sunday 1 May, 2011

Karzai: Taliban used 12-year-old suicide bomber in marketplace attack

Several people were killed in violence across Afghanistan today, including one policeman who fought with colleagues over NATO supplies.

# hamid-karzai - Tuesday 22 March, 2011

Afghanistan security forces to begin taking direct security control

President Hamid Karzai announces plans to begin taking direct control from international forces, ahead of a total evacuation.

# hamid-karzai - Thursday 10 March, 2011

Afghan president's cousin mistakenly killed by NATO - reports

President Karzai’s brother said their cousin was shot dead by NATO troops during a raid yesterday. The UN says that some 2,777 civilians were killed in Afghan violence last year.

# hamid-karzai - Wednesday 2 March, 2011

NATO commander apologises for fatal attack on Afghan children

Nine children, aged between 7 and 12, were killed accidentally by NATO forces in Afghanistan as they gathered firewood yesterday.

# hamid-karzai - Wednesday 15 December, 2010

Facebook's Zuckerberg named Time's Person of the Year

A public campaign to have WikiLeaks’ Julian Assange given one of publishing’s highest honours ultimately falls short.

# hamid-karzai - Friday 3 December, 2010

Wikileaks reveals US and Afghan scorn for British military

Leaked diplomatic cables show how both US and Afghan authorities had little faith in the British military’s capabilities.

# hamid-karzai - Saturday 20 November, 2010

Nato endorses plan to exit Afghanistan by 2014

Hamid Karzai has welcomed assurances that Afghanistan will be under domestic control in under a few years.

# hamid-karzai - Saturday 11 September, 2010

Obama appeals for calm on anniversary of 9/11 attacks

The president seeks to ease tensions between Christians and Muslims as New York marks the ninth anniversary of the attacks.

# hamid-karzai - Saturday 4 September, 2010

Karzai will meet with Taliban to discuss peace

The Afghan president announces a new council to meet with the country’s former rulers as a suicide bomber kills seven.

# hamid-karzai - Saturday 28 August, 2010

Karzai warns US pullout deadline could be a boost for Taliban

The Afghan leader says that setting a deadline for US withdrawal simply gives the Taliban a date to work towards.

# hamid-karzai - Tuesday 20 July, 2010

INTERNATIONAL LEADERS attending a conference in Kabul, Afghanistan, have endorsed the Afghan leader’s plan for a security handover. Hamid Karzai called for full security control to be given to his country’s authorities by 2014.

US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said Karzai’s plan was “comprehensive”. She said she believed the one-day conference, which was attended by ministers and diplomats from about 70 countries, marked a turning point for Afghanistan.

David Cameron echoed her sentiments, saying he believed the handover plan was realistic. China’s foreign minister said that his nation wanted to see a peaceful Afghanistan, adding, “We should respect Afghanistan’s sovereignty, and work together for the realization of Afghanistan run by the Afghans.”

NATO’s secretary general clarified support for the handover by pointing out that there would be no quick withdrawal of international troops from the country. Today, two US soldiers and one Afghan soldier were killed during a training exercise in northern Afghanistan. Almost 2,000 coalition forces troops have been killed in and around Afghanistan since 2001.

Attending the conference, French foreign minister Bernard Kouchner called on Afghans to get involved in local politics and to voice their views for change:

AFGHAN PRESIDENT Hamid Karzai has outlined his aims for the future of the country in an international conference held in  Kabul today.

The future of Afghan development, reconstruction and security policy was discussed for the first time since the US-led invasion in 2001.

Over the past number of years other international meetings have been held about Afghanistan, however this meeting is the first on Afhan soil – and the first to discuss the Afghan government regaining control of the country.

Representatives from around 70 countries and organisations attended the conference, including the US Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton.

The conference has agreed that Afghan security forces should begin taking some responsibility this year, with an aim of achieving a full handover of military responsibility for all of the country’s 34 provinces in 2014.

At the moment, NATO and the US have 143,000 troops in Afghanistan. That number is set to peak over the next few weeks to 150,000.

A plan for at least 50% of development aid from the international community to be channelled through the Afghan government was also outlined by Karzai.

The talks centred around seven main issues: security, aid, governance and corruption, women’s rights, economic and social development, peace outreach and integration, and regional cooperation.

The plan to offer Taliban members jobs and money in exchange for them ending their campaign was also on the agenda, according to reports from Al Jazeera.

This conference comes at a turning point in the Afghan war: June was the deadliest month for US forces, and NATO and Afghan troops are currently pushing into Taliban strongholds. There  has also been a recent changeover of US security command. Gen David Petraeus assumed control of troops after his predecessor, Gen Stanley McChrystal was fired for insubordination.

Kabul was under extremely heavy security for the conference but despite this, explosions were heard in the capital in the hours before Hillary Clinton arrived.

Afghan forces ambushed a compound on the outskirts of the city later in the morning, killing several people who they believed to be plotting an attack.