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Obama Seeking Options To Send Fewer Troops To Afghanistan

washingtonpost.com | Anne E. Kornblut and Greg Jaffe | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

President Obama has asked the Pentagon's top generals to provide him with more options for troop levels in Afghanistan, two U.S. officials said late F...

Afghan Police: 7 Killed In Attack On UN In Kabul

AP | ROBERT H. REID and HEIDI VOGT | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

KABUL — Terrified U.N. workers scrambled over the roof or leaped from windows to escape choking smoke and gunfire after being awakened at dawn W...

It's a Runoff, Now What? Parsing the Impacts of the Presidential Rematch in Afghanistan

Vikrum Aiyer | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Vikrum Aiyer

A coalition government in Afghanstan, while supposedly offering the best of both worlds, tacitly condones an illegitimate election and would require America to broker power among competing personalities.

Afghan Presidential Election Outcome Won't Be Known Until the Very Last Fake Vote Is Cast

Ben Berkon | Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy
Ben Berkon

In international election news, the Afghan presidential election is heating up, and won't be decided until the very last fake vote is cast.

Kai Eide: UN Official Defends Afghanistan Election Despite Widespread Fraud

Los Angeles Times | Laura King | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

Days before the outcome of Afghanistan's contentious presidential vote was expected to be announced, the head of the United Nations mission in the cou...

Obama and Al Qaeda: New Moves Show Success May Not Depend On Afghanistan

William Bradley | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
William Bradley

Osama bin Laden's lame 9/11 message and Barack Obama's lethal approach in Somalia raise a central question: Are we not in fact much closer to achieving our central goal in Afghanistan than most imagine?

Constitutional Death Spiral in Afghanistan

Derrick Crowe | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Derrick Crowe

It's no longer a question of whether Afghanistan is "worth it." The only question left to answer is, "how much more Hell will we put our young men and women through?"

Afghanistan Election: Abdullah Abdullah Calls For Criminal Inquiry Into Vote Rigging

Times Online | James Hider in Kabul | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

Afghanistan's opposition leader has called for a criminal investigation into allegations of massive vote rigging in last month's elections -- and accu...

Afghan Election: Pressure Mounts For Karzai To Strike A Deal

The Observer | Declan Walsh | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

Five US soldiers were among dozens killed in a wave of violence in Afghanistan as pressure grew on President Hamid Karzai last night to strike a power...

9/11 + 8: Where We've Been, Where We're Going

William Bradley | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
William Bradley

Eight years since 9/11. It feels like 18 years, if not 80. So much has changed since then, yet so much is still the same.

Afghan Body Throws Out Ballots From 83 Vote Sites

AP | DOUGLAS BIRCH and JASON STRAZIUSO | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

KABUL — A U.N.-backed fraud commission threw out votes Thursday from 83 polling stations and ordered recounts at hundreds of others in three pro...

Claims Of Afghan Election Fraud Puts U.S. In Delicate Spot

nytimes.com | MARK LANDLER and HELENE COOPER | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

WASHINGTON On Monday, as the vote-counting in Afghanistan was nearing an end, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton was briefed by the American am...

Afghanistan Election: Partial Recount Ordered By U.N.-Backed Panel

AP | JASON STRAZIUSO and HEIDI VOGT | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

KABUL — A U.N.-backed commission found "convincing evidence" of fraud Tuesday in Afghanistan's presidential election and ordered a recount of su...

Votes Thrown Out At 447 Afghan Polling Sites

AP | HEIDI VOGT | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

KABUL — President Hamid Karzai nudged closer to the 50 percent threshold needed to avoid a runoff in Afghanistan's election, according to the la...

Afghanistan: Where This Is Going

Derrick Crowe | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Derrick Crowe

If anti-government violence breaks out in Helmand and other Pashtun regions, there would be absolutely no room to argue against the conclusion that counterinsurgency has failed.

Karzai Widens Lead Over Abdullah In Afghan Vote

AP | HEIDI VOGT | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

KABUL — President Hamid Karzai has extended his lead over his top challenger in Afghanistan's presidential election under the latest vote result...

Abdul Rashid Doostam: Afghanistan's Damoclean Sword

Camelia Entekhabi-Fard | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Camelia Entekhabi-Fard

For Karzai, General Doostam is the only person who can break the unity of the north. And so against the wishes of the U.S. and Turkey, General Doostam came back to Afghanistan.

Afghan Elections: Abdullah Supporters Threaten Violence Over Alleged Rigging

The Independent | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

By Kim Sengupta | The Independent With the results of Afghanistan's presidential election expected later today, supporters of the opposition leader, ...

Afghanistan's Hamid Karzai, top rival run nearly even in Afghan vote

AP | JASON STRAZIUSO and ROBERT H. REID | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

KABUL — President Hamid Karzai and his main rival, former Foreign Minister Abdullah Abdullah, were running virtually even Tuesday in the first f...

Finance Minister Hazrat Omar Zakhilwal: Karzai Won Afghan Election

The New York Times | CARLOTTA GALL | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

KABUL, Afghanistan -- President Hamid Karzai has won reelection with a clear mandate, garnering 68 percent of the vote in last week's presidential ele...

Abdullah: Karzai Rigged Afghan Votes

AP | JASON STRAZIUSO and HEIDI VOGT | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

KABUL — President Hamid Karzai's leading challenger accused him of using the Afghan state to "rig" this week's election and detailed allegations...

Afghan Election Result: Karzai, Abdullah Both Claim Victory

AP | JASON STRAZIUSO and ROBERT H. REID | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

KABUL — Both main candidates for Afghan president claimed to be ahead Friday after an election marred by violence, spotty turnout and fraud alle...

Not Building the Afghan State, Protecting the United States

Jonathan Morgenstein | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Jonathan Morgenstein

Clearly, we would prefer the Afghan government take on this mission, but until they can do so themselves, in order to prevent more American civilian deaths, we must do it ourselves.

Obama and the Afghan Election: What It Means, What It Doesn't

William Bradley | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
William Bradley

The Obama administration should sigh with a sense of relief after the election in Afghanistan -- the Taliban failed in their threat to halt the election, and were unable to pull off any of the promised attacks.

Afghans in DC Celebrate 90 Years of Independence

Joseph Freeman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Joseph Freeman

Citizens aren't usually forced to divide their attention between a groundbreaking election and nine decades of self-determination. But we are talking about Afghanistan here.