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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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Karzai calls civilian casualties 'unacceptable'updated: Tue May 08 2012 03:01:00

A spokesman for President Hamid Karzai expressed dismay Monday over four airstrikes in recent days by international forces in which dozens of civilian casualties have been reported.

Hamid Karzai exclusive: Part 1updated: Tue Apr 17 2012 20:20:00

Afghan President Hamid Karzai is incredibly frank in his first interview since the massacre of 17 Afghan villagers.

Karzai: Response to attacks shows Afghan forces ready to defend nationupdated: Mon Apr 16 2012 23:43:00

The performance of Afghan forces in reacting to a series of sustained assaults shows that the country's security situation will not deteriorate after the departure of international troops scheduled for next year, President Hamid Karzai said Monday.

Karzai doubts U.S. account of rampageupdated: Fri Mar 23 2012 06:12:00

Afghan Pres. Hamid Karzai cast doubt on the U.S. account of a shooting rampage after meeting with the families of victims.

Sources identify suspect in Afghanistan rampageupdated: Fri Mar 16 2012 21:46:00

The U.S. soldier accused in the killing of 16 Afghan civilians was identified Friday by sources, even as Afghan President Hamid Karzai expressed doubt over U.S. authorities' account of events that led to the rampage.

Karzai urges U.S. pullback after massacreupdated: Thu Mar 15 2012 18:32:00

American troops should pull out of outposts in Afghan villages and return to their main bases, Afghan President Hamid Karzai told U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta on Thursday, Karzai's office said.

Obama apologizes to Karzai for burningupdated: Thu Feb 23 2012 19:45:00

CNN's Nick Paton Walsh reports apologizes don't appear to be stopping anger over NATO's burning of Qurans.

Taliban: Won't talk peace with Karzaiupdated: Wed Feb 22 2012 11:37:00

CNN's Nick Paton Walsh reports on the Taliban spokesman saying they won't talk peace with Afghan President Hamid Karzai.

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.

NATO investigates report of Afghan civilian deaths updated: Fri Feb 10 2012 08:57:00

NATO is investigating a report by Afghan authorities that an airstrike by coalition forces killed eight children in Kapisa province this week, it said Friday.

Video scandal's impact on Afghan peaceupdated: Sun Jan 22 2012 12:06:00

CNN's Nick Paton Walsh explains how the Marines video scandal could affect the Afghanistan peace process.

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.

Afghanistan investigates NATO bombingupdated: Thu Jan 19 2012 11:27:00

The Afghan government will investigate reports of civilian casualties in a recent NATO bombing, the office of President Hamid Karzai said Thursday.

Karzai endorses U.S.-Taliban talksupdated: Thu Jan 05 2012 04:36:00

Taliban may open an office in Qatar to facilitate talks with the U.S.

Karzai appears to endorse U.S., Taliban talks over Qatar officeupdated: Thu Jan 05 2012 04:36:00

Afghan President Hamid Karzai appeared to endorse talks between the United States and the Taliban that could lead to the opening of a Taliban liaison office in Qatar.

Karzai orders probe in torture of 15-year-old Afghan girlupdated: Mon Jan 02 2012 04:23:00

Afghan President Hamid Karzai called for an investigation into the torture of a 15-year-old girl, who police say they rescued after she was locked in the basement of her in-laws' house, starved and her nails pulled out.

Afghan Hamid Karzai on NATOupdated: Tue Dec 27 2011 10:03:00

CNN's Fareed Zakaria talks to Afghan President Hamid Karzi about whether NATO is winning in Afghanistan.

Taliban must have clear representative for peace talks, Karzai saysupdated: Sun Dec 18 2011 20:11:00

Afghanistan's government can't hold peace talks with its Taliban insurgents until the Islamic militia identifies a representative with the authority to negotiate, Afghan President Hamid Karzai said in an interview that aired Sunday.

Jailed Afghan rape victim is freedupdated: Sat Dec 17 2011 06:36:00

An Afghan woman imprisoned for adultery after a relative raped her was freed after President Hamid Karzai intervened.

Karzai: Freed rape victim has choice to marry attackerupdated: Sat Dec 17 2011 06:36:00

Afghan President Hamid Karzai has said that a rape victim freed from prison after he intervened on her behalf has the right to make her own choice about whether to marry her attacker.

Karzai: 'Misjudgment' for rape victimupdated: Fri Dec 16 2011 11:52:00

Exclusive interview airing Sunday on Fareed Zakaria GPS. Airs 10a , 1pET on CNN US, and on CNN Intl. at 8a, 3p and 9pET.

Karzai ramps up pressure on Pakistan over massacreupdated: Wed Dec 07 2011 14:40:00

Afghan President Hamid Karzai put pressure on Pakistan on Wednesday to help investigate an unprecedented attack on Shiite Muslim worshippers in Kabul a day earlier, saying his country would pursue the probe "with all the power we have."

Uncommon attacks target Shiite Muslimsupdated: Wed Dec 07 2011 14:40:00

CNN's Nick Paton Walsh explains why today's suicide bomber attacks in Kabul are unprecedented.

Karzai orders release of rape victimupdated: Thu Dec 01 2011 16:44:00

Afghan President Hamid Karzai has ordered the release of an Afghan woman imprisoned for adultery after a relative raped her.

Afghan rape victim's sentence reducedupdated: Thu Dec 01 2011 16:44:00

Afghan prosecutors shorten the sentence of a rape victim, jailed for adultery and pushed into marrying her attacker.

ISAF probes civilian deaths in Afghanistanupdated: Thu Nov 24 2011 12:31:00

President Hamid Karzai condemned Thursday what he said was a bombing by coalition forces that killed seven civilians, six of them children, in southern Kandahar province.

Afghan leader pleased with elders' demandsupdated: Sat Nov 19 2011 22:49:00

Afghan President Hamid Karzai on Saturday endorsed the plank of a national assembly of tribal elders, a list of demands that include no immunity for U.S. personnel who commit crimes and a halt to any secret talks between the United States and insurgents.

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.

Karzai aims to set limits on American troopsupdated: Wed Nov 16 2011 06:27:00

Afghan President Hamid Karzai sought to set limits on what American and NATO troops could -- and could not -- do in his country Wednesday in a lengthy speech to tribal elders.

Pentagon dances around Karzai's rebuff of any Taliban negotiationsupdated: Mon Oct 03 2011 17:31:00

The Pentagon was walking carefully Monday around the latest apparent rift with Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai about talking peace with the Taliban.

Afghan election commission expels 9 lawmakersupdated: Sun Aug 21 2011 04:33:00

The Afghan election commission on Sunday expelled nine lawmakers who faced election fraud allegations.

Afghan special court dissolved; 4 Afghan police die in NATO clashupdated: Wed Aug 10 2011 08:20:00

A special court set up by Afghan President Hamid Karzai that had been prosecuting alleged electoral fraud by 62 parliament members has been dissolved, a presidential spokesman announced Wednesday.

Karzai: 'The Afghan people need peace'updated: Sun Jun 26 2011 20:39:00

Support from the United States, Pakistan and other Afghan allies is crucial to the success of reconciliation talks with the Taliban, Afghan President Hamid Karzai said in an interview with CNN's Fareed Zakaria that aired Sunday.

Karzai discusses U.S. troop withdrawalsupdated: Thu Jun 23 2011 15:16:00

CNN's Fareed Zakaria talks to Afghan President Hamid Karzai about the pace of U.S. troop withdrawal.

Karzai welcomes U.S. troop withdrawalupdated: Thu Jun 23 2011 15:16:00

Afghan President Hamid Karzai on Thursday welcomed U.S. President Barack Obama's plans for a U.S. troops drawdown and said it's a sign that Afghanistan is ready to take control of security in the war-torn nation.

U.S. in peace talks with Taliban, Afghan president saysupdated: Sun Jun 19 2011 09:59:00

The United States is involved in peace talks with the Taliban, Afghan President Hamid Karzai told a youth group in Kabul on Saturday.

Karzai: Afghanistan to take over security in parts of the countryupdated: Tue Mar 22 2011 17:52:00

Seven areas of Afghanistanwill begin to be handed over to Afghan forces to maintain their security in July, Afghan President Hamid Karzai said on Tuesday.

Karzai to Petraeus: Apologies are not enoughupdated: Mon Mar 07 2011 06:59:00

Apologies are not sufficient when it comes to civilian casualties, Afghan President Hamid Karzai told the NATO commander Sunday, days after a NATO airstrike killed nine Afghan boys.

Petraeus apologizes after international forces kill 9 Afghan civiliansupdated: Wed Mar 02 2011 11:02:00

The commander of U.S. and NATO-led forces in Afghanistan apologized Wednesday after an investigation concluded that coalition troops accidentally killed nine civilians -- including some children -- in a strike Tuesday.

Karzai: Security transfer to Afghan control will start in Marchupdated: Sun Feb 06 2011 21:28:00

Afghan President Hamid Karzai said Sunday that a critical phase in the transfer of security authority from international to domestic forces would begin March 21, a precursor to a planned full handover three years hence.

Afghanistan nears parliament dealupdated: Mon Jan 24 2011 08:59:00

Afghan President Hamid Karzai offered to end a political standoff and move up the inauguration of parliament. CNN's Arwa Damon reports

Karzai accepts lawmakers' plan to end standoffupdated: Mon Jan 24 2011 08:59:00

Afghanistan's parliament will be inaugurated Wednesday, ending a political standoff, President Hamid Karzai's office said Monday.

Afghan lawmakers float new plan to end standoff with Karzaiupdated: Sun Jan 23 2011 15:29:00

Afghan lawmakers Sunday offered a new proposal to end a political standoff with President Hamid Karzai over complaints from the losers of September's parliamentary vote .

Karzai offers to inaugurate Afghan parliament next weekupdated: Sun Jan 23 2011 00:05:00

Afghan President Hamid Karzai offered Saturday to end a political standoff and move up the inauguration of parliament after hours of heated debate among the country's lawmakers, officials said.

Analysts decry Karzai's delay of parliament inaugurationupdated: Fri Jan 21 2011 13:02:00

President Hamid Karzai's decision to postpone the inauguration of the Afghan parliament could spark ethnic divisions and more violence, analysts warned Friday.

Karzai, brothers do not own security firms, official saysupdated: Tue Dec 21 2010 09:36:00

Following allegations earlier in the year that Afghan President Hamid Karzai and his brothers owned private security companies, Interior Ministry adviser Abdul Manan Farahi said an investigation by the ministry concluded they did not.

Afghan pres. topic of WikiLeaks releaseupdated: Fri Dec 03 2010 14:51:00

CNN's Nic Robertson reports on how Afghan President Hamid Karzai is perceived in the release of WikiLeaks documents.

Political Circus: Todd Palin on 'Dancing with the Stars'?updated: Fri Dec 03 2010 07:54:00

Politics is serious business, but not all of the time. From the halls of Congress to the campaign trail to the international stage, there's always something that gets a laugh or a second glance. Here are some of the things you might have missed:

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.

Petraeus, Karzai meet to ease tensions after criticism of US raidsupdated: Thu Nov 18 2010 18:27:00

Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai and Gen. David Petraeus, commander of U.S. and NATO troops in Afghanistan, have met in an effort to ease tensions after the president criticized foreign forces operations in his country, a Pentagon spokesman said Thursday.

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.

Karzai wants the U.S. to cut military operations in Afghanistanupdated: Sun Nov 14 2010 21:24:00

President Hamid Karzai said the United States should reduce its military operations and stop night raids in Afghanistan, the Washington Post reported Sunday.

US official: Karzai warned about contractors, but no one listenedupdated: Sat Oct 30 2010 00:35:00

A top-ranking American diplomat said Friday that the international community, including the United States, did not pay enough attention to the Afghan government's repeated statements that it was serious about cracking down on private security contractors on Afghan soil.

How Karzai got bags of Iranian cashupdated: Mon Oct 25 2010 20:20:00

Afghan President Hamid Karzai speaks about receiving bags of cash from Iran.

Karzai stands by ban on private security firmsupdated: Sun Oct 24 2010 13:57:00

Afghan President Hamid Karzai on Sunday stoody by a decree to disband private security firms operating in his country, despite objections from the United States and other countries that the move would leave international development organizations without adequate protection to do their work.

More than 20 percent of vote thrown out in Afghan electionupdated: Wed Oct 20 2010 06:43:00

Afghanistan's Independent Election Commission released preliminary results of the September 18 parliamentary elections stating that 1.3 million votes of the total of 5.6 million ballots have been cancelled out because of fraud.

Afghanistan clarifies rules for private security companiesupdated: Sun Oct 17 2010 13:44:00

The Afghan government on Sunday clarified the exceptions to a ban on private security contractors, stating that those firms offering protection to embassies and foreign diplomats will be allowed to continue to operate.

Karzai: There is a corruption problemupdated: Tue Oct 12 2010 05:28:00

Talking with CNN's Larry King, Afghan President Hamid Karzai agrees there is corruption in the Afghan government.

Karzai: 'Unofficial personal contacts' taking place with Talibanupdated: Tue Oct 12 2010 05:26:00

Attempting to advance his nation's peace progress with insurgents, Afghan President Hamid Karzai said unofficial talks with the Taliban have been taking place, and hopes the formation of a peace council will further those efforts.

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.

Karzai orders probe into death of journalistupdated: Mon Sep 06 2010 13:33:00

Afghan President Hamid Karzai on Monday ordered an investigation into the beheading death of an Afghan journalist, his office said in a statement.

Afghan president to announce anti-corruption unitsupdated: Mon Aug 23 2010 03:08:00

Afghan President Hamid Karzai is expected to announce Monday a plan for two special anti-corruption units -- set up with U.S. help and participation -- to operate without government interference.

Karzai confirms he intervened to get arrested official releasedupdated: Sun Aug 22 2010 14:24:00

Afghan President Hamid Karzai confirmed Sunday that he engineered the release of a security official arrested on suspicion of corruption, bolstering the perception by many that he is unwilling to confront a major problem in his country.

Karzai pledges non-interference in anti-corruption unitsupdated: Fri Aug 20 2010 13:44:00

For the first time, Afghan President Hamid Karzai says he is committed to allowing two key government anti-corruption units to operate without political interference.

Karzai issues decree disbanding private security firmsupdated: Tue Aug 17 2010 16:33:00

Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai issued a decree Tuesday disbanding all private security firms within four months.

Karzai to halt private securityupdated: Tue Aug 17 2010 16:33:00

Afghanistan's president will issue an order shutting down private security operations in Afghanistan.

Karzai meets with U.S. senator on war strategyupdated: Tue Aug 17 2010 08:12:00

The Afghan president met with a top U.S. senator Tuesday and asked for a review of Washington's Afghanistan war strategy, the president's office said in a statement.

Karzai denounces leaking of Afghan namesupdated: Thu Jul 29 2010 12:08:00

Afghan President Hamid Karzai says leaked secret U.S. military documents endanger the lives of Afghans.

Karzai denounces leaking of Afghan informant namesupdated: Thu Jul 29 2010 12:08:00

Afghanistan's president said he is incensed that leaked secret U.S. military documents include the names of Afghan informants.

Karzai eyes security takeover in 2014updated: Wed Jul 21 2010 11:37:00

Afghanistan's president says he is "determined" the country will take over security by 2014. CNN's Atia Abawi reports.

Afghanistan aims for full security handover by 2014updated: Wed Jul 21 2010 11:37:00

Afghanistan is "determined" to be responsible for its own security operations by 2014, President Hamid Karzai told an international donors conference in Kabul Tuesday.

Karzai, McChrystal in Kandahar to sell military operationupdated: Sun Jun 13 2010 16:33:00

Afghan President Hamid Karzai and Gen. Stanley McChrystal, the top U.S. military commander in Afghanistan, say they've secured backing from local leaders for an upcoming military operation in the province.

Afghan officials quit over peace conference attackupdated: Sun Jun 06 2010 11:05:00

Afghanistan's interior minister and director of national security have resigned in the wake of an attack on a high-level peace conference last week, a spokesman for President Hamid Karzai said Sunday.

Peace summit targetedupdated: Wed Jun 02 2010 09:36:00

Afghan security officers are pursuing suspects in a gun battle in Kabul, as CNN's Nic Robertson reports.

Explosions, gun battle break out near peace meeting in Afghanistanupdated: Wed Jun 02 2010 09:36:00

Suspected militants fired rockets, detonated explosives and engaged in an intense gun battle with security forces Wednesday near the site of a jirga, or peace meeting, where Afghan President Hamid Karzai spoke.

Obama reaffirms commitment to Afghan warupdated: Fri May 14 2010 18:07:00

Pres. Obama welcomed Afghan Pres. Hamid Karzai to the White House, saying, "Our strategy has to succeed on both sides."

Analysis: U.S.-Afghan relationship remains fragileupdated: Fri May 14 2010 18:07:00

On the surface, President Hamid Karzai's whirlwind visit to Washington was all about atmospherics.

Afghan president ends U.S. trip with visit to military baseupdated: Fri May 14 2010 16:42:00

Afghan President Hamid Karzai ended his four-day U.S. trip on Friday with a visit to a military base in Kentucky, according to officials.

Clinton, Karzai say Afghan leader's U.S. visit a successupdated: Fri May 14 2010 11:32:00

Afghan President Hamid Karzai and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton declared the Afghan leader's visit to the United States this week a success, saying on Thursday that it had helped strengthen the partnership between Washington and Kabul at a critical point in the war against Taliban and al Qaeda extremists.

Obama, Karzai commit to fewer casualtiesupdated: Thu May 13 2010 10:11:00

President Obama and Afghan President Hamid Karzai dismissed tension rumors and focused on a means to a safer Afghanistan

Analysis: U.S. has no choice but to work with Karzai, for nowupdated: Thu May 13 2010 10:11:00

Six weeks ago in Kabul, President Obama struggled to find something positive to say about his host, Afghan President Hamid Karzai. U.S. National Security Adviser James Jones was far less diplomatic, saying his boss wanted Karzai to understand "that in his second term, there are certain things that have not been paid attention to, almost since Day One."

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.

House panel looks at progress in Afghanistan, troop strengthupdated: Wed May 05 2010 14:06:00

The House Armed Services Committee on Wednesday took stock of the Obama administration's new counterinsurgency strategy in Afghanistan, and examined whether more troops could be deployed if conditions warrant.

U.S. should grow up and work with Karzaiupdated: Fri Apr 09 2010 10:07:00

The Obama administration is making a mistake by sending Afghan President Hamid Karzai the forceful and repeated message that it's not happy with his regime, says analyst Fareed Zakaria.

Karzai-Obama meeting in jeopardy?updated: Tue Apr 06 2010 16:35:00

After "troubling" remarks from the Afghan leader, the White House weighs whether to cancel his meeting with Pres. Obama.

White House could cancel Karzai visitupdated: Tue Apr 06 2010 16:35:00

An upcoming U.S. visit by Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai could be called off if he continues to make troubling political statements, White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs said Tuesday.

'We run this country,' Karzai says of Afghan peopleupdated: Mon Apr 05 2010 17:47:00

Plans to drive the Taliban from Afghanistan's second-largest city and surrounding districts will start only when the plans have the support of the population, Afghan President Hamid Karzai said Monday.

Karzai: Afghans own Afghanistanupdated: Mon Apr 05 2010 17:47:00

CNN's Atia Abawi reports on Afghan President Hamid Karzai's balancing act as he meets with Afghan tribal leaders.

Karzai seeks tribal support for military operationupdated: Sun Apr 04 2010 15:12:00

Afghan President Hamid Karzai met with tribal leaders Sunday in the violence-plagued Kandahar province to shore up support for an impending military offensive. He promised to hold back until he had their backing.

Afghan's Karzai calls Clinton to discuss fraud commentsupdated: Fri Apr 02 2010 19:46:00

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton spoke with Afghan President Hamid Karzai on Friday about remarks he had made blaming election fraud in his country on the international community.

Checking progress in Afghanistanupdated: Fri Apr 02 2010 02:34:00

A top U.S. commander visits the battlefield in northeast Afghanistan. CNN's Atia Abawi reports.

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