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    Gates hails Karzai as Afghan nationalist

    WASHINGTON (Pajhwok): Describing President Hamid Karzai as an Afghan nationalist, former US defense secretary Robert Gates believes most of American leaders have not spent enough time giving a patient listening to his views and grievances.    


    Security deal needs to be signed: White House

    WASHINGTON (Pajhwok): The Bilateral Security Agreement (BSA) between Kabul and Washington, endorsed by the consultative Loy Jirga, needs to be signed by Afghanistan, the White House said on Friday.   


    Washington concerned at release of prisoners

    WASHINGTON (Pajhwok): The United States on Thursday reiterated its concern over the possible release of prisoners from the Bagram detention facility in central Parwan province.


    Small troop presence after 2014: White House

    WASHINGTON (Pajhwok): The United States has plans for a small presence of troops in Afghanistan post 2014, the White House said on Thursday, reiterating the Bilateral Security Agreement (BSA) needed to be signed.


    Kerry not in touch with Karzai: US

    WASHINGTON (PAN): US Secretary of State John Kerry is not in touch with President Hamid Karzai on the Bilateral Security Agreement that the Obama administration wants to be signed within weeks.

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    Holbrook did his best for Karzai’s defeat: Gates

    WASHINGTON (Pajhwok): Former US defense secretary Robert Gates has alleged then special envoy for Afghanistan and Pakistani Richard Holbrook had done his best to defeat President Hamid Karzai during the 2009 election.


    ANA needs to be an institution: Gen. Odierno

    WASHINGTON (Pajhwok): Afghan security forces have shown signs that they are capable enough of securing the country, a top Pentagon general said on Tuesday, stressing the need to develop institutions in the war-torn country.


    Obama had doubts about surge success: Gates

    WASHINGTON (Pajhwok): US President Barack Obama had doubted the success of the troop surge in Afghanistan, former defense secretary, Robert Gates, says in his memoir -- published in multiple American media outlets.


    Rebel leader designated as terrorist

    WASHINGTON (Pajhwok): The United States on Tuesday designated Qari Saifullah, the Taliban shadow deputy governor and an operational commander in southern Zabul province, as a global terrorist.


    White House wants BSA signed in weeks

    WASHINGTON (Pajhwok): US President Barack Obama wants to have a military presence in Afghanistan for training of troops and counter-terrorism operations, but will not send any soldiers post-2014 without a bilateral security agreement (BSA).