AFGHAN TROOPS

  • US commandos hand over troubled area to Afghans March 30, 2013

    Kabul: US special operations forces handed over their base in a strategic region of eastern Afghanistan to local Afghan commandos on Saturday, a senior US commander said. The withdrawal from Nirkh district meets a demand by Afghan President Hamid Karzai that US forces leave the area after allegations that the...
  • Obama to meet Karzai to discuss transition September 20, 2011

    Washington: US President Barack Obama will meet his Afghan counterpart Hamid Karzai on Tuesday during which the two leaders would be discussing the transition process, a presidential aide has said. "This is the first meeting the President will have with Karzai since we rolled out our plan for a transition, so...
  • Afghan mission is 'war of necessity', says Obama August 18, 2009

    Washington: US President Barack Obama said the mission in Afghanistan was "a war of necessity" as al Qaeda was still plotting against the US. However, he said the Iraq mission which he has repeatedly criticised as "a war of choice" will end in 2011. Addressing the Veterans of Foreign Wars...