James Dobbins has just ended his second stint as the U.S. special representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan. He joins chief foreign correspondent Margaret Warner for a conversation about the consequences of the deadlocked election in Afghanistan, the looming drawdown of American troops and lessons from the Iraq war and other conflicts in the Middle East. Continue reading
In Afghanistan, where there’s still no clear presidential successor, the unresolved political future is an additional challenge for the United States as it looks to withdraw all of its troops by 2016 and sign off on a security agreement. Meanwhile, the Taliban has staged new attacks in Kabul and beyond. Chief foreign affairs correspondent Margaret Warner reports. Continue reading
In our news wrap Friday, Hamas militants in Gaza launched more than 50 rockets at Israel before the end of a three-day truce. Israel answered with airstrikes, killing at least five people, according to Palestinian officials. Also, rival presidential candidates in Afghanistan agreed to a power-sharing deal. Judy Woodruff learns more from Sean Carberry of NPR in Kabul. Continue reading
KABUL, Afghanistan — Afghanistan’s feuding presidential candidates agreed Friday to resolve their election dispute and said they would set an inauguration date before the end of August. The breakthrough came as U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry opened a second day of talks in Afghanistan aimed at preventing the fragile country from collapsing into political chaos after disputed elections. It was a diplomatic victory for Kerry, who has struggled for similar breakthroughs between the Israelis and Palestinians.
In our news wrap Thursday, Secretary of State John Kerry urged Afghanistan’s opposing presidential candidates to accept results from an ongoing audit of the runoff election. Also, several thousand Palestinians marched in support of Hamas on the final day of a 72-hour truce as negotiations continue in Egypt for a longer cease-fire. Continue reading
In our news wrap Wednesday, investigators said an Afghan soldier hid in a bathroom before opening fire on a group of foreign and Afghan officers, killing an American Army general. Also, an Israeli official told Reuters that his government is ready to extend a 72-hour truce, now in its second day, while Hamas said there had been no agreement. Continue reading
In our news wrap Tuesday, a two-star American general was shot and killed at a British military base when a man in an Afghan army uniform opened fire on foreign troops. Gwen Ifill learns more from Sean Carberry of NPR from Kabul. Also, the UN Refugee Agency reported that 730,000 Ukrainians have fled their country into Russia to escape fighting. Continue reading
Sgt. Ryan Pitts was nearing the end of his second tour in Afghanistan when his team began an operation that took a deadly turn. Hundreds of fighters initiated a large-scale attack on his unit and nine soldiers died. Pitts was hit with shrapnel in both legs and in his right arm, but he continued to fight and relay vital information before being airlifted out. Judy Woodruff talks to Medal of Honor recipient. Continue reading