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Afghan President Hamid Karzai dismissed the country's national intelligence chief on Wednesday -- a move that coincides with other Cabinet-level shakeups as Karzai's government struggles to confront security challenges posed by Taliban fighters and an impending NATO withdrawal.

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U.S., Afghanistan sign key 'night raids' dealupdated: Sun Apr 08 2012 13:13:00

The United States and Afghanistan signed a landmark deal Sunday that affords Afghan authorities an effective veto over controversial special operations raids.

U.S., Afghanistan reach night raids dealupdated: Sun Apr 08 2012 13:13:00

CNN's Nick Paton Walsh reports on a new deal between the U.S. and Afghanistan on ending U.S. led raids on local homes.

U.S., Afghanistan may be close to 'night raids' dealupdated: Wed Apr 04 2012 11:44:00

Afghanistan and the United States may soon reach a deal over night raids by U.S. and Afghan special forces on local dwellings that would increase Afghan control over and participation in the controversial operations.

Night raids angering Afghansupdated: Wed Apr 04 2012 11:44:00

CNN's Nick Paton Walsh reports that U.S. commando night raids anger Afghan citizens despite public relations campaign.

Cleric: Karzai sought help to mediate Afghan Taliban talksupdated: Sat Feb 18 2012 14:39:00

Afghan President Hamid Karzai asked a Taliban-linked cleric based in Pakistan Saturday to help mediate talks with the Afghan Taliban, the cleric told CNN.

Gates responds to Afghan drawdownupdated: Thu Feb 16 2012 11:41:00

CNN's John King talks to former Sec. of Defense Robert Gates about the Afghanistan drawdown and drone attacks.

Taliban reject Karzai claim of secret meetingsupdated: Thu Feb 16 2012 11:41:00

The Taliban rejected a claim Thursday by Afghan President Hamid Karzai that it was taking part in secret talks with the Afghan government.

Taliban will not talk peace with Karzai government, spokesman saysupdated: Tue Feb 14 2012 15:24:00

The Taliban have met with U.S. officials to discuss possible peace talks, but do not want to negotiate with Afghan President Hamid Karzai's government, a Taliban spokesman said Tuesday.

Peace talks with the Talibanupdated: Wed Feb 01 2012 20:40:00

The Taliban says it's opening an office in Qatar in preparation for peace talks. Nick Paton Walsh reports.

Taliban deny possible talks with Afghans in Saudi Arabiaupdated: Wed Feb 01 2012 20:40:00

A spokesman for the Taliban denied on Wednesday a weekend report that Taliban representatives may meet with officials representing the government of President Hamid Karzai in Saudi Arabia in the coming weeks.

Afghan officials, Taliban may hold talks in Saudi Arabiaupdated: Tue Jan 31 2012 05:22:00

The Afghan government hopes to hold talks with Taliban representatives in Saudi Arabia in the coming weeks, according to a senior Afghan official, in a move that threatens to cloud already delicate and fragile steps to negotiate an end to the United States' longest war.

Afghan government hints at Taliban talksupdated: Sun Jan 22 2012 12:06:00

The Afghan government of Hamid Karzai signaled willingness to join in with an American-led drive towards peace talks, according to a top official Sunday, removing a potential hurdle blocking U.S. efforts to push a peace process forward in the unstable country.

Will Haqqani be included in Afghan talks?updated: Sat Jan 21 2012 21:01:00

U.S. diplomats are pursuing negotiations with the Afghan Taliban with renewed vigor -- but among many questions and obstacles ahead is this: will the powerful Haqqani network be included in any future dialogue?

U.S. envoy in Afghanistan to discuss peace, Taliban updated: Sat Jan 21 2012 15:13:00

America's special envoy to the region talked peace and reconciliation with Hamid Karzai in Kabul Saturday, while the Afghan president made it clear that Afghans should be in the driver's seat.

Karzai speeding up transfer of U.S.-run prisonupdated: Thu Jan 05 2012 17:11:00

Afghanistan's president is speeding up the transfer of the U.S.-run prison at Bagram to Afghan control within a month after hearing a report citing problems at the facility, including human rights issues.

Conference aims to take stock, recommit to Afghanistan's futureupdated: Mon Dec 05 2011 00:03:00

Ten years ago, Afghan leaders met outside Bonn, Germany, to lay out a road map to establish and sustain Afghanistan's government after the fall of the Taliban.

Pakistani family mourns soldier's deathupdated: Mon Dec 05 2011 00:03:00

CNN's Reza Sayah talks to one family who suffered a loss in a NATO airstrike on Pakistan.

Why tribal elites feature in Afghanistan's futureupdated: Wed Nov 16 2011 12:19:00

Afghan President Hamid Karzai has been setting out his vision for the country in a speech to the loya jirga, or national assembly.

Afghan peace council leader killedupdated: Sun Oct 02 2011 12:40:00

Former Afghan president, Burhanuddin Rabbani, seen as crucial to peace efforts is killed in a suicide attack in Kabul.

Afghanistan, Pakistan spar over peace council chief's killingupdated: Sun Oct 02 2011 12:40:00

Afghan officials stepped up accusations Sunday that the assassination of the country's peace council chairman began with a plot in Pakistan and was carried out by a citizen of the neighboring nation.

Afghan politician mourns Rabbaniupdated: Wed Sep 21 2011 12:12:00

Afghan lawmaker Abdullah Abdullah discusses the significance of Burhanuddin Rabbani's death.

Hamid Karzai's half-brother killedupdated: Fri Jul 15 2011 12:52:00

Ahmed Wali Karzai was shot dead at his home in Kandahar. Journalist Carmen Gentile reports.

Afghan President Karzai's half brother shot deadupdated: Tue Jul 12 2011 16:49:00

The half brother of Afghan President Hamid Karzai was shot dead at his home in Kandahar on Tuesday, authorities said.

Former Afghan bank official says he fled to US fearing for his safetyupdated: Tue Jun 28 2011 20:00:00

The former governor of Afghanistan's Central Bank told CNN Tuesday that "credible information from credible sources" led to his resignation and subsequent flight to the United Stated -- claiming he feared retribution for his investigation of a corruption scandal that involved high-level officials in the Afghan government.

Don't count on a peace deal with Talibanupdated: Thu May 26 2011 06:14:00

Recently, both The Washington Post and the German magazine Der Spiegel have reported on meetings between U.S. officials and representatives of the Taliban that have taken place in Germany to discuss some form of peace negotiations.

Is America safer now?updated: Thu May 26 2011 06:14:00

CNN Security Analyst Peter Bergen discussses the future of al Qaeda.

Minority group emerges as a force in new Afghan parliamentupdated: Thu Dec 02 2010 08:36:00

An Afghan minority group apparently emerged as a stronger force in the country's legislature, a politically sensitive result in polls badly blemished by fraud and security problems.

WikiLeaks docs show US frustration on Karzai's prisoner releasesupdated: Wed Dec 01 2010 13:28:00

The early and pre-trial release of prisoners by the Afghan government, at times with the intervention of the country's president, has frustrated U.S. officials, diplomatic documents released by WikiLeaks reveal.

U.S., NATO troops to stay in Afghanistan beyond 2014 handoverupdated: Fri Nov 19 2010 07:19:00

Even with serious questions about President Hamid Karzai's commitment to the military strategy in Afghanistan, NATO members plan to announce an enduring presence there beyond 2014, the new target date for handing off security control to the Afghans.

Afghan official tries to smooth tensions created by Karzai commentsupdated: Tue Nov 16 2010 06:06:00

An Afghan government official worked Tuesday to publicly smooth over tensions created when President Hamid Karzai spoke extensively about reducing U.S. military operations and the number of American forces in Afghanistan.

Official: Petraeus warns Karzai on Afghan exit timingupdated: Mon Nov 15 2010 12:51:00

In what may be one of the most significant breaches between Afghan President Hamid Karzai and the Obama administration, Gen. David Petraeus personally warned Afghan officials over the weekend the U.S.-Afghan partnership could be "untenable" if Karzai wants U.S. troops out of Afghanistan prematurely.

Committee to plan contractors' phaseout in Afghanistanupdated: Wed Oct 27 2010 12:13:00

In what is seen as a bow to international pressure to delay implementation of a ban on private security contractors, the Afghan government said Wednesday it will form a committee to plan the phasing out of those contractors without endangering development projects.

Head of Afghan panel optimistic over peace movesupdated: Thu Oct 14 2010 12:50:00

A former Afghan president who heads a panel seeking peace discussions with the Taliban says he's optimistic that serious talks can be forged one day but cautioned that it will take time.

Secret talks with Taliban?updated: Mon Oct 11 2010 14:11:00

Afghan Pres. Hamid Karzai addresses reports of secret talks with the Taliban and claims that he is a manic depressive.

In Afghanistan, dialogue seen as 'new phase' in making peaceupdated: Wed Oct 06 2010 15:04:00

Political figures from Pakistan and Afghanistan are sitting down this week in Kabul for a dialogue aimed at ending the 9-year-old Afghan war, in what one Afghan official called a "new phase" in building bridges and making peace with the Taliban.

Hamid Karzai cries during speechupdated: Tue Sep 28 2010 11:38:00

Afghanistan's president broke down in tears while making emotional comments during a speech. CNN's Ivan Watson reports.

Karzai, family under pressure from Taliban attacks, U.S. probesupdated: Tue Sep 28 2010 11:38:00

It was supposed to be a day celebrating Afghan achievements in education. Instead, Afghanistan's embattled president broke down crying at an official gathering commemorating International Literacy Day.

Fraud, violence threaten Afghan electionupdated: Sat Sep 18 2010 14:11:00

CNN's Ivan Watson reports threats and a history of electoral cheating may dampen enthusiasm for parliamentary elections.

Under a cloud of violence and fraud, Afghans head to pollsupdated: Sat Sep 18 2010 14:11:00

Afghans voted in the fourth post-Taliban-era national election Saturday, though it was not without the violence promised by militants or myriad procedural challenges.

Sec. Gates arrives in Afghanistanupdated: Thu Sep 02 2010 16:02:00

U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates arrives in Kabul where he is scheduled to meet with Afghan President Hamid Karzai.

Karzai's order on private security companies raising questionsupdated: Mon Aug 16 2010 15:00:00

Afghan president Hamid Karzai will issue an order demanding all private security companies in Afghanistan cease operation within four months, his spokesman announced Monday. That order is expected Tuesday morning.

Taliban victims decry amnestyupdated: Wed May 12 2010 19:01:00

As Afghanistan's president meets with President Obama to talk reconciliation, victims cry foul. Paula Hancocks reports.

Putting tensions aside, Clinton opens key talks with Karzaiupdated: Wed May 12 2010 01:47:00

Brushing recent public spats aside, the Obama administration welcomed Hamid Karzai to Washington on Tuesday, opening a round of partnership talks with the Afghan president.

'Better alignment' from Karzai visit?updated: Wed May 12 2010 01:47:00

The administration details its strategy for dealing with Afghanistan in anticipation of Pres. Karzai's U.S. visit.

Afghan cabinet members rejectedupdated: Sun Jan 03 2010 04:48:00

CNN's Atia Abawi reports that the Afghan parliament rejected most of President Hamid Karzai's choices for cabinet posts.

Afghan parliament rejects most of Karzai's Cabinet nomineesupdated: Sun Jan 03 2010 04:48:00

Afghanistan's parliament rejected 17 of President Hamid Karzai's 24 Cabinet nominees Saturday, votes that came at a crucial point in his fight against corruption and his quest for legitimacy in the eyes of both his nation and the world.

Clinton says inauguration marks 'critical moment' for Afghanistanupdated: Wed Nov 18 2009 14:46:00

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said Wednesday -- the eve of Afghan President Hamid Karzai's inauguration for a second term -- that now is a "critical moment" for Afghanistan, because Karzai has a "clear window" to demonstrate what kind of government he will lead.

Afghan president's office asks what U.S. ambassador saidupdated: Thu Nov 12 2009 17:09:00

Afghan President Hamid Karzai's office contacted the U.S. ambassador to Afghanistan about reports the ambassador warned against sending more U.S. troops to the country, a Karzai spokesman told CNN Thursday.

Obama can't count on Karzaiupdated: Thu Nov 12 2009 15:31:00

Before President Obama releases his strategy for Afghanistan, he should think twice about fully re-embracing Hamid Karzai.

Abdullah likely to drop outupdated: Sun Nov 01 2009 21:56:00

Afghan presidential candidate Abdullah Abdullah is likely to drop out of a runoff election. Nima Elbagir reports.

Karzai challenger quits Afghan runoffupdated: Sun Nov 01 2009 21:56:00

Afghan politician Abdullah Abdullah withdrew Sunday from the upcoming runoff election, saying he believes that the second round would be as fraudulent as the first.

Afghan election official opposes presidential coalitionupdated: Sat Oct 31 2009 14:16:00

The head of Afghanistan's Independent Election Commission vowed Saturday that he would not support a coalition government in Afghanistan.

Source: Afghan election talks break downupdated: Fri Oct 30 2009 19:20:00

Talks between Afghan President Hamid Karzai and his election opponent, Abdullah Abdullah, have broken down, a Western source close to the Afghan leadership told CNN's Christiane Amanpour on Friday.

Afghan election runoffupdated: Mon Oct 26 2009 13:39:00

CNN's Fareed Zakaria speaks with President Karzai who explains why he changed his mind about a runoff.

Karzai rival prefers opposition to coalitionupdated: Sat Oct 24 2009 15:33:00

The candidate who will face Afghan President Hamid Karzai in a runoff election next month has said he will not join Karzai's government if the incumbent wins another term, but instead will remain in opposition.

Mideast Voices: Afghanistanupdated: Sat Oct 24 2009 15:33:00

Octavia Nasr looks at the runoff in Afghanistan and President Karzai's reluctance to accept accusations of voter fraud.

Karzai on McChrystalupdated: Sat Oct 24 2009 15:13:00

President Karzai weighs in on the McChrystal report and whether he wants to see more American troops in Afghanistan.

Zakaria: Karzai likely to win againupdated: Sat Oct 24 2009 15:13:00

Afghanistan's president is downplaying accusations of widespread fraud in his country's recent elections, but he's emphasizing the importance of a runoff for the sake of ensuring peace and stability in his nascent and war-torn democracy.

Runoff pressure on Karzaiupdated: Sat Oct 24 2009 04:15:00

Who put the most pressure on President Karzai for a runoff? Find out who contacted him and what worked.

Karzai challenger prefers opposition to coalitionupdated: Sat Oct 24 2009 00:08:00

The candidate who will face Afghan President Hamid Karzai in a runoff election next month said Friday that he won't join Karzai's government if the incumbent wins another term, but instead will remain in opposition.

Refusing runoff would be 'insulting democracy,' Karzai saysupdated: Fri Oct 23 2009 09:53:00

Afghanistan's president is downplaying accusations of widespread fraud in his country's recent elections, but he's emphasizing the importance of a runoff for the sake of ensuring peace and stability in his nascent and war-torn democracy.

Amanpour webcast: Ban Ki-moonupdated: Wed Oct 21 2009 07:04:00

A webcast with U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and the Amanpour staff.

U.N. chief: We will review Afghan polling stationsupdated: Wed Oct 21 2009 07:04:00

More than 200 Afghan election officials implicated in Afghanistan's tainted presidential election will be replaced before the runoff election in less than three weeks, U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon told CNN's Christiane Amanpour.

Abdullah ready for runoffupdated: Tue Oct 20 2009 21:47:00

Afghan presidential candidate Abdullah Abdullah is ready for a runoff with President Hamid Karzai.

Karzai accepts Afghanistan election runoffupdated: Tue Oct 20 2009 21:47:00

Afghan President Hamid Karzai bowed to Western pressure Tuesday, agreeing to take part in a presidential runoff vote in two weeks.

Abdullah ready for runoff with Afghan President Karzaiupdated: Mon Oct 19 2009 21:37:00

Afghan President Hamid Karzai's primary challenger said Monday he is prepared to participate in a runoff vote after a report concluded that Karzai did not win a majority, but he also is willing to consider alternatives.

Afghan rivals urged to respect election resultupdated: Sun Oct 18 2009 10:26:00

The United States and France urged the Afghan president and his main rival to respect the results of an August election in order to ensure the country has a legitimate government.

Possible Afghan runoffupdated: Thu Oct 15 2009 22:27:00

Fraud charges have been piling up since the August 20th vote in Afghanistan. CNN's Atai Abawi reports.

Afghan ambassador to U.S. sees runoffupdated: Thu Oct 15 2009 22:27:00

A runoff election between Afghan President Hamid Karzai and his leading challenger, Abdullah Abdullah, appears likely, Afghanistan's ambassador to the United States said.

Karzai on McChrystal's reportupdated: Mon Sep 21 2009 15:59:00

Speaking to CNN's Christiane Amanpour, Afghan President Hamid Karzai discusses the McChrystal report.

Karzai secures over 50 percent of Afghan voteupdated: Wed Sep 16 2009 13:00:00

Afghan President Hamid Karzai secured over 54 percent of the vote in last month's election, according to the final uncertified results announced Wednesday.

Afghanistan commission orders partial vote recountupdated: Tue Sep 08 2009 11:01:00

Afghanistan's Electoral Complaints Commission on Tuesday ordered a partial recount of the ballots in the August 20 presidential election.

Afghan election fraudupdated: Tue Sep 08 2009 11:01:00

Heavy fraud leads to votes being thrown out in the Afghan presidential elections. CNN's Atia Abawi reports

Fighting with books, not bombsupdated: Mon Aug 10 2009 20:12:00

In Afghanistan, the U.S. military tries to win the war with more than bombs. CNN's Christiane Amanpour reports.

Taliban still a major threat 8 years laterupdated: Mon Aug 10 2009 20:12:00

It has been nearly eight years since U.S. forces overthrew the Taliban leaders of Afghanistan, but the war against the Taliban insurgency is bloodier than ever.

U.S. airstrikes 'unacceptable'updated: Sat May 09 2009 00:36:00

President Hamid Karzai talks with Wolf Blitzer about U.S. airstrikes that allegedly killed Afghan civilians and more.

Karzai reflects on relationship with United Statesupdated: Sat May 09 2009 00:36:00

Afghan President Hamid Karzai discussed his sometimes-turbulent relationship with the United States on Friday as more details emerged about U.S. airstrikes in his country that killed dozens of people this week.

Afghan law accepts rapeupdated: Thu Apr 16 2009 14:01:00

A new law to give the minority Shia community an identity is stripping women's rights. CNN's Atia Abawi reports.

Karzai on Talibanupdated: Wed Nov 26 2008 12:19:00

Afghan President Hamid Karzai talks about Taliban leader Mullah Omar.

U.S. probes airstrikes as Afghan fury growsupdated: Thu Nov 06 2008 09:36:00

The U.S. military is investigating two airstrikes this week that Afghan officials say killed as many as 60 civilians.

Suicide bombers target Afghan ministryupdated: Thu Oct 30 2008 12:01:00

As Afghanistan considers whether to engage in talks with the Taliban, the militant group carried out a brazen daylight attack in the Afghan capital on Thursday when three suicide bombers stormed a government ministry.

Analysis: Taliban talks strategy attracts backersupdated: Tue Oct 28 2008 15:34:00

Since Afghan officials met with former Taliban leaders in Mecca, Saudi Arabia a month ago the drum beat of hammering out a political deal with the Taliban rather than smashing them militarily has been growing steadily.

Afghanistan condemns consulate bombingupdated: Thu Jul 31 2008 12:00:00

The Afghan government condemned a bombing near a Pakistani consulate in western Afghanistan, saying such criminal acts "will strengthen the resolve of both the countries to fight terrorism." Afghan Bombing Fuels Regional Furorupdated: Mon Jul 07 2008 14:00:00

Nobody's saying so, but many will quietly point the finger at Pakistan over a deadly attack on India's Kabul embassy

Afghan leader safe after attackupdated: Tue Apr 29 2008 16:50:00

Journalist Tom Coghlan has the latest on a Taliban-led attack on Afghan President Hamid Karzai.

Italy's PM visits Afghanistanupdated: Sun Dec 23 2007 07:50:00

Italian Prime Minister Romano Prodi arrived in Afghanistan Sunday morning to meet with Afghan President Hamid Karzai and to visit with his country's troops participating in the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force, a spokesman for Afghanistan's Foreign Ministry said.

Sarkozy, Rudd visit Afghanistanupdated: Sat Dec 22 2007 11:18:00

Australia's new prime minister assured Afghan President Hamid Karzai on Saturday that his country's troops intend to be in Afghanistan "for the long haul."

Afghan poppy industry eludes U.S. controlupdated: Tue Sep 18 2007 10:47:00

In a small district in southern Afghanistan, U.S.-backed Afghan drug forces opened fire on farmers who were blocking roads and throwing rocks to protest the destruction of their poppy fields earlier this year. Scores were injured in the firefight.

Bush: Be cautious about Iranupdated: Mon Aug 06 2007 04:03:00

Bush: Be cautious about Iran

Afghan clash: U.S. soldiers 'fired in self-defense'updated: Wed May 31 2006 14:08:00

U.S. soldiers who fired into a crowd in northern Kabul on Monday did so in self-defense, a U.S. military spokesman said Wednesday.

Deaths as riots sweep Kabulupdated: Mon May 29 2006 02:47:00

At least eight people were killed and more than 100 injured on Monday in Afghanistan's capital from riots after a U.S. military truck crashed into a crowd of pedestrians, military and Afghan officials said.

Karzai orders 'human shield' probeupdated: Tue May 23 2006 10:30:00

Afghan President Hamid Karzai has ordered an investigation into reports of the deaths of 16 civilians killed while apparently being used as human shields during fighting around Kandahar.

Afghan Christian convert could be executedupdated: Wed Mar 22 2006 06:57:00

In the days of the Taliban, those promoting Christianity in Afghanistan could be arrested and those converting from Islam could be tortured and publicly executed.

Death could await Christian convertupdated: Tue Mar 21 2006 19:40:00

In the days of the Taliban, those promoting Christianity in Afghanistan could be arrested and those converting from Islam could be tortured and publicly executed.

Karzai no stranger to leadershipupdated: Tue Oct 05 2004 23:32:00

Hamid Karzai, Afghanistan's president, has been involved in the politics of his homeland since the country was pushed into war when the Soviet Union invaded it in 1979.

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