» 05/22/2012, 00.00
AFGHANISTAN - USA
NATO confirms withdrawal from Afghanistan by 2014
Obama promises that the Afghans "will not be alone." The NATO Secretary ensures the alliance is not short of funds. No results on the reopening of the supply routes from Pakistan. Besides France, early withdrawal wanted by Australia, Germany, New Zealand.
21/05/2012 AFGHANISTAN - USA
NATO Summit on Afghanistan, while France eyes early withdrawal
François Hollande insists that French troops will leave the country by the end of 2012. NATO should hand over security responsibility to Afghan troops by the end of 2014. But it will cost 4 billion US dollars a year. The U.S. is ready to bear half the costs. Missile projects to deter Iran.
NATO and France: for Afghanistan, worry about the people and schools
The country is not ready for the transfer of powers and the withdrawal of international troops. 70% of funds absorbed by the military. Criticisms of France, but also NGOs. Fears for the resumption of inter-tribal violence and the situation of women. The reflections of a teacher in Kabul (who for safety reasons has used a pseudonym).
02/12/2009 AFGHANISTAN - USA
Obama has decided: 30 thousand more troops in Afghanistan
They will be deployed by summer 2010. Withdrawal also set for 2011. NATO requested for 5 thousand soldiers more. The budget for military spending rises to 30 billion dollars. Veiled accusations of corruption for Karzai. AsiaNews sources sceptical about the effectiveness of the increased military presence.
Dialogue with Taliban endangers women's rights
The condition of women will be the testing ground for any dialogue with the Taliban. AsiaNews has gathered comments in the country on the U.S. president's idea of seeking dialogue with Taliban moderates. There is widespread fear of "going backward." The importance of Iran.
Taliban attack on a Kabul restaurant : 21 civilians killed
The victims were foreigners and Afghans and include the local representative of the IMF and some UN officials . The Islamists immediately claimed responsibility for the attack, explaining that the main target was foreign customers. The police killed the two attackers.
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