Pakistan contradicts US Gen. McChrystal's strategy of pulling back from Afghanistan borders, and disagrees with the strategy of a surge to defeat the Taliban.
Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai promised to tackle corruption in his inaugural speech on Thursday. But he also promised a “professional” cabinet, something the Obama administration and others have been pushing for.
Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai delivered his inaugural speech on Thursday, promising to reduce corruption and setting a five-year goal for Afghans to take over security.
The Karzai inauguration came with promises to fight graft. The US must be patient as long as he delivers.
In Transparency International's latest rankings, Afghanistan is the second most corrupt country, only beat by Somalia. Afghanistan's anticorruption czar says not carrying through with punishment for corrupt officials is the problem.
Afghanistan announced Monday the launch of a new anticorruption unit. The head of the current effort, Mohammad Yusin Osmani, says Afghanistan needs more prosecutions and inter-agency cooperation.
Richard Holbrooke, Obama's special envoy to Afghanistan and Pakistan, wants to unify allies at a time when many Europeans sense drift in the war and a lack of clear US policy.
To boost Afghanistan education standards, 42,000 teachers take an exam Sunday to establish a pay scale and woo international funding for higher salaries. Three in four teachers haven't studied past high school.
Britain's Gordon Brown on Friday called on NATO countries to send 5,000 more troops for Afghanistan war. It's one sign that NATO may be willing to commit more forces to that war than expected.
The US ambassador to Afghanistan, Karl Eikenberry, has cautioned Obama against sending more troops to the country, saying the government of President Hamid Karzai is too corrupt.