Afghan President Hamid Karzai can designate someone to sign the accord for U.S. forces to remain in his country after 2014 if he doesn’t want to put his own name on it, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said.
NATO pushed Afghanistan to agree to a scaled-back international troop presence after the withdrawal of all combat forces at the end of 2014, warning that the alternative would be a complete pullout that leaves the country at the mercy of a reinvigorated Taliban.
Three soldiers, 6 al-Qaeda fighters killed today in southeastern province of Hadramaut after militants attacked military checkpoint, Defense Ministry website reports. * NOTE: Yemen’s Slide to Chaos Risks Militant Haven on Saudi Border (1) NSN MVJ12W6S972Q <GO>
The risk of a terrorist attack against the U.S. hasn’t diminished as groups affiliated with al- Qaeda have proliferated and are developing explosive devices designed to elude detection, Senator Dianne Feinstein said.
Home Secretary Theresa May’s plan to outlaw khat risks alienating communities in the U.K. where the herbal stimulant is widely used, and increasing recruitment to terrorist network al-Shabab, lawmakers said.
Afghan President Hamid Karzai’s expanding list of demands before he’ll sign an agreement for U.S. forces to stay in his country is testing the Obama administration’s patience and risking blunders by each side.
Pakistan’s Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, once ousted in a coup, named a U.K.-educated general seen as apolitical as head of the nuclear-armed country’s army in a move to further civilian control over the military.