U.S. declares Afghanistan a major non-NATO ally

Washington declared Afghanistan a major non-NATO ally on Saturday, a largely symbolic status reinforcing its message to Afghans that they will not be abandoned as the war winds down. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton announced the decision, made by President Barack Obama, during her unannounced visit to Kabul where she met President Hamid Karzai

Afghan parliament rejects 10 of Karzai’s cabinet nominees

Afghan President Hamid Karzai’s second attempt to seat a new Cabinet failed Saturday with the parliament rejecting a majority of his selections. The parliament approved seven ministers out of 17 nominees. They include Karzai’s former national security adviser, Zalmai Rasoul, as foreign minister and Amina Afzali, one of three female nominees, as social affairs chief. […]

Parliament rejects most of Karzai choices for Afghan cabinet

In a clear signal to President Hamid Karzai that he cannot count on Afghanistan’s Parliament for support, lawmakers resoundingly rejected most of his nominees for cabinet posts and expressed discontent with the candidates’ competence. Of Mr. Karzai’s 24 cabinet nominees, 17 were rejected and 7 approved. Of those who received votes of confidence, all but […]

Suicide bomber kills 8 in Kabul, Karzai calls it ‘ un-Islamic act of terror’

A suicide bomber killed eight Afghans on Tuesday blocks from the U.S. Embassy in Kabul, in an attack that targeted a neighborhood in which many former and current Afghan officials live. Afghan officials said the dead comprised four men and four women and that more than 40 people were wounded. Two witnesses said they saw […]