Saturday, January 31, 2009

Afghanistan War News Updates -- January 31. 2009

Afghan President Hamid Karzai. Shah Marai/AFP/Getty (Time Magazine)

'Incompetent' Hamid Karzai's Political Future
In Doubt -- Times Online

When Hamid Karzai first took to the international stage in Tokyo in 2002 he was hailed as the only man who could reunite and rebuild Afghanistan after three decades of war.

Seven years on, the new US Administration appears to see him as a liability rather than an asset, and looks increasingly likely to seek an alternative candidate to support in the coming election.

The political future of the Afghan President will be high on the agenda for Richard Holbrooke, the new US special envoy on Pakistan and Afghanistan, who will visit the two countries for the first time in that role next week.

Read more ....

More News On Afghanistan

Will the U.S. Stick By Karzai in Afghanistan? -- Time
Higher stakes: US to seek Afghanistan help at NATO -- MSNBC
U.S. eyeing plan for fifth brigade in Afghanistan -- Reuters
Obama's missing timetable for Afghanistan -- Christian Science Monitor
US in contact with Pakistan over Afghan deployment: Pentagon -- Daily Times
Obama Taps a General as the Envoy to Kabul -- New York Times
Call for More Afghan Troops -- The Australian
British Were Complacent in Afghanistan, Says Sir Jock Stirrup -- The Times
Bomb network busted in Afghanistan: US coalition -- AFP
Afghanistan and the surge skeptics -- Reuters
British soldier killed in Afghanistan firefight -- Yahoo News/AFP
Afghanistan imperative: Taming the narco-state -- International Herald Tribune
Oxfam says new U.S. strategy needed in Afghanistan -- International Herald Tribune
Iraq, Afghan auditors issue quarterly reports -- Yahoo News/AP
Afghan Vote Postponed Until August -- Wall Street Journal
Afghan Presidential Election Delayed -- New York Times
Afghanistan to Delay Presidential Vote by 4 Months -- Washington Post
Afghan officials set August date for presidential election -- L.A. Times
Afghan Presidential Poll Postponed Until August -- Voice Of America

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