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  • World in brief: Karzai vows to fight corruption

    KABUL, Afghanistan – The embattled Afghan president pledged Sunday that there would be no place for corrupt officials in his new administration – a demand made by Washington and its …


  • Sources say Obama plans Afghan surge

    WASHINGTON – President Barack Obama is nearing a decision to send more than 30,000 additional U.S. troops to Afghanistan next year, but he may not announce it until after he …


  • As Afghan runoff crumbles, U.S. must embrace Karzai

    KABUL, Afghanistan – President Hamid Karzai’s leadership is weak, his government corrupt and nearly a third of the votes he won in the August election were thrown out as fakes. …


  • Spokane soldier killed in Afghanistan

    A decorated Spokane soldier was among the seven U.S. servicemen killed in a helicopter crash in Afghanistan this week, the Department of Defense announced Thursday.


  • Paper reports CIA pays Karzai’s brother

    WASHINGTON – Ahmed Wali Karzai, the brother of the president of Afghanistan, gets regular payments from the CIA and has for much of the past eight years, the New York …


  • Clash between rivals threatens Afghan runoff

    KABUL, Afghanistan – In a day of military tragedy and political drama, 11 American troops and three U.S. civilians died Monday in two helicopter crashes in rural Afghanistan, while President …


  • Obama says he won’t rush war decision

    JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – President Barack Obama mourned 14 Americans killed Monday in helicopter crashes in Afghanistan and told a military audience he will not be hurried as he evaluates whether …


  • Karzai agrees to runoff election

    KABUL – Afghan President Hamid Karzai’s decision to yield to U.S. pressure and accept an election runoff has opened the way for the Obama administration to settle on a strategy …


  • Afghan votes tossed

    WASHINGTON – Obama administration officials said they expect President Hamid Karzai to announce today that he will accept a runoff in Afghanistan’s disputed election, following the invalidation of more than …


  • Pakistan cuts deal with anti-U.S. tribes

    DERA ISMAIL KHAN, Pakistan – Pakistan’s army, in the midst of a major new offensive against Taliban militants, has struck deals to keep two powerful, anti-U.S. tribal chiefs from joining …


  • U.S. strategy seeks to convert Taliban fighters

    WASHINGTON – “Not every Taliban is an extremist ally,” Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton said last week. One of the primary tasks of President Barack Obama’s Afghanistan strategy review, …


  • Democrats want stability in Afghanistan before surge

    WASHINGTON – Before President Barack Obama commits additional troops to Afghanistan, the U.S. needs assurances that Afghan leaders preside over a stable government that is seen as legitimate in the …


  • Karzai may face runoff election

    WASHINGTON – An investigation of allegedly fraudulent ballots in Afghanistan’s troubled election has reduced President Hamid Karzai’s portion of the vote to about 47 percent, an outcome that will trigger …


  • U.N. official defends flawed Afghan vote

    KABUL, Afghanistan – Days before the outcome of Afghanistan’s contentious presidential vote was expected to be announced, the head of the United Nations mission acknowledged Sunday that widespread electoral fraud …


  • Reports: Soldier killed in Afghanistan grew up in North Idaho

    One of eight soldiers killed Saturday when enemy forces overran their outpost in Afghanistan spent part of his youth in the Bonners Ferry area, according to news reports.


  • Obama to focus on al-Qaida

    WASHINGTON – Nearing the end of a lengthy war review, President Barack Obama and his top advisers are moving toward a strategy in Afghanistan that defines al-Qaida as a greater …


  • Obama rules out big Afghan drawdown

    WASHINGTON – President Barack Obama on Tuesday ruled out shrinking the Afghanistan war to a counterterrorism campaign. Yet he did not signal whether he is prepared to send any more …


  • Rifts deepen on war strategy

    WASHINGTON – Defense Secretary Robert Gates said Monday that President Barack Obama’s advisers should keep their guidance private, in effect admonishing the top U.S. and allied commander in Afghanistan for …


  • U.S. general chided over surge call

    WASHINGTON – A top U.S. commander’s public plea for more troops in Afghanistan prompted a mild rebuke Sunday from the White House national security adviser, as the administration heads into …


  • Flags lowered for Bellevue soldier

    Gov. Chris Gregoire has ordered that flags at state agencies be flown at half-staff on Thursday in memory of a Bellevue soldier killed in Afghanistan.


  • Obama, advisers discuss Afghan war

    WASHINGTON – President Barack Obama summoned his war council to the White House Situation Room on Wednesday for an intense, three-hour discussion that exposed emerging fault lines over Afghanistan – …


  • NATO leader supports buildup in Afghanistan

    WASHINGTON – Stepping into an intensifying debate, the new head of NATO said Monday that more allied troops are needed in Afghanistan to help train the country’s security forces. NATO …


  • Obama puts war strategy under review

    WASHINGTON – In the wake of a grim assessment from his top military commander in Afghanistan, President Barack Obama has begun a wholesale re-evaluation of war strategy, a process that …


  • General grim on war’s odds

    WASHINGTON – Gen. Stanley McChrystal, the top U.S. and NATO commander in Afghanistan, said in a confidential report that without additional forces, the war against insurgents there will end in …


  • Decision on troops to take time

    WASHINGTON – President Barack Obama said Wednesday there will be no quick decision on whether to send more U.S. troops into the widening war in Afghanistan, saying “my determination is …


  • More U.S. forces foreseen

    WASHINGTON – Facing increasingly skeptical congressional Democrats, the nation’s top uniformed officer said Tuesday that the Obama administration’s strategy to counter the insurgency in Afghanistan probably means that more troops …


  • Dozens of Taliban killed in battle

    KABUL – About 50 Taliban militants died in a battle in western Afghanistan after an insurgent ambush killed three U.S. troops, an Afghan official said Sunday. The fighting took place …


  • Afghan policy under scrutiny

    WASHINGTON – Congress will examine next week the future of American military involvement in Afghanistan, a future that many key lawmakers hope won’t include sending more U.S. troops than President …


  • Pelosi questions troop surge

    WASHINGTON – House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Thursday that she sees little support in Congress or elsewhere in the country for sending more troops to Afghanistan, signaling trouble for President …


  • U.N. orders recount in Afghanistan

    KABUL, Afghanistan – A U.N. watchdog group cited “clear and convincing evidence of fraud” as it ordered a partial recount Tuesday of Afghanistan’s deeply troubled presidential election, dealing another blow …

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