The U.S. invaded Afghanistan more than 12 years ago with a contingent of special forces and Central Intelligence Agency officers, some of them on horseback, armed with laser pointers to direct air strikes against al-Qaeda and its Taliban hosts.
Afghan President Hamid Karzai won’t be hurt by revelations that the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency has funneled millions of dollars to his office because such dealings are expected in a society steeped in patronage, according to two former CIA officers.
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry hosted a meeting of Afghan and Pakistani officials today for what he described as extensive, productive and constructive dialogue aimed of bolstering trust between both countries and speeding possible reconciliation talks with the Taliban.
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry will meet with NATO allies tomorrow in Brussels to discuss the situation in Syria in consultations that officials said won’t include any talk of military intervention.
Afghan President Hamid Karzai affirmed his support for fair and inclusive elections in his country next year during a phone call today with U.S. President Barack Obama, according to a White House statement.
Secretary of State John Kerry said the U.S. was “on the same page” with Afghan President Hamid Karzai, downplaying irritants in bilateral relations and expressing confidence they would secure an agreement for some U.S. troops to stay in Afghanistan after 2014.