The biggest stories of October 20, 2013
Oct 20, 2013
World | Written by Amitabh Pashupati Revi | Wednesday December 4, 2013
The US has, for the first time, officially, said that someone other than Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai can sign the security deal that could keep up to 15,000 US troops in the country till 2024 and beyond.
World | Amitabh Pashupati Revi | Tuesday November 26, 2013
Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai has refused the US National Security Advisor Susan Rice's ultimatum to sign the Bilateral Security Arrangement (BSA) by the end of this year or face the option of no American troops and $ 4 billion in military aid e...
World | Reuters | Tuesday November 26, 2013
Afghanistan's President Hamid Karzai has refused to sign a security deal with the United States, the White House said, opening up the prospect of a complete withdrawal of U.S. troops from the strife-torn nation next year.
World | Reuters | Sunday November 24, 2013
An assembly of Afghan elders endorsed on Sunday a security deal to enable U.S. troops to operate in the country beyond next year, but President Hamid Karzai left the matter up in the air by refusing to say whether he would sign it into law.
World | Amitabh Pashupati Revi | Sunday November 24, 2013
Afghanistan's Loya Jirga (Council of Elders) has endorsed the troop deal with the US, but President Karzai insisted he will only sign it after presidential polls in April 2014.
World | Reuters | Thursday November 21, 2013
Afghan President Hamid Karzai told an assembly of elders on Thursday that President Barack Obama had sent him a letter of assurance that a security pact between the two countries was in Afghanistan's best interest.
World | Amitabh Pashupati Revi | Thursday November 21, 2013
US Secretary of State John Kerry has confirmed that America and Afghanistan have agreed to the language of a security deal post the withdrawal of combat troops by December 2014. The draft is being debated from today at a Loya Jirga (council of elders...
World | Agence France-Presse | Thursday November 21, 2013
Secretary of State John Kerry said Wednesday he had nailed down terms governing the presence of US troops in Afghanistan beyond 2014, just hours before Afghan leaders debate the deal.
World | Amitabh Pashupati Revi | Wednesday November 20, 2013
The hardball negotiations between Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai and the United States over what happens when foreign combat troops leave by December 31, 2014, seem to have inched closer to an agreement.
World | Agence France-Presse | Saturday November 16, 2013
Afghan President Hamid Karzai on Saturday called on the Taliban and their allies to join an assembly on a security pact that could allow some US troops to stay in the country after 2014.
Cheat Sheet | Edited by Deepshikha Ghosh | Monday October 21, 2013
Pakistani troops targeted Indian posts in 25 locations along the border in Jammu and Kashmir last night, triggering a sharp reaction from Chief Minister Omar Abdullah, who said this "could not be a one-sided affair with no response from India."
World | Reuters | Saturday October 19, 2013
The future of US troops in Afghanistan after 2014 will be decided by an assembly of tribal elders in late November, its organisers said, setting a date for the verdict on a long-delayed bilateral deal held up by disputes over key provisions.
World | Reuters | Sunday October 13, 2013
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and Afghan President Hamid Karzai ended two days of talks on a bilateral security pact on Saturday without a deal because they could not agree on the issue of legal immunity for U.S. troops.
World | Associated Press | Tuesday October 1, 2013
US President Barack Obama told US troops in a video message early Tuesday that they would still get paid on time, despite a government shutdown.
World | Reuters | Monday September 16, 2013
Syria's government hailed as a "victory" a Russian-brokered deal that has averted US strikes, while President Barack Obama defended a chemical weapons pact that the rebels fear has bolstered their enemy in the civil war.
World | Reuters | Wednesday September 4, 2013
Secretary of State John Kerry briefly opened the door on Tuesday to authorizing US ground troops in Syria, but quickly slammed it shut and told Congress that any resolution approving military force would prohibit "boots on the ground."
Reuters | Tuesday September 3, 2013
Hackers struck an Internet recruiting site for the US Marines, urging troops to "refuse your orders" if the United States attacks Syria.
World | Associated Press | Friday August 16, 2013
Top US and Iraqi diplomats warned Thursday of a rising threat in Iraq from al Qaeda, which is carrying out suicide and car bombings with greater frequency nearly two years after US troops withdrew from the country.
World | Agence France-Presse | Wednesday July 31, 2013
US Secretary of State John Kerry flew to Pakistan late on Wednesday to press the new government on eliminating Islamist militant safe-havens as US-led troops prepare to leave Afghanistan.
World | Press Trust of India | Wednesday July 31, 2013
India and Pakistan fear that any instability in the war-torn Afghanistan following the withdrawal of US troops could result in "surplus terrorism" in both the countries, a top US official has said.