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Leading Afghan candidate Ashraf Ghani reaches out to U.S.

April 4th, 2014
07:24 AM ET

In an interview with CNN's Christiane Amanpour, Afghan presidential candidate Ashraf Ghani pledges to “overcome” past problems with the United States, and says the consensus in Afghanistan for a productive relationship is there.

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You can see the rest of Amanpour's interview with Ghani here.


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Exclusive: Training with Afghanistan's elite commandos

April 3rd, 2014
08:23 AM ET

As international forces draw down in Afghanistan, CNN's Anna Coren had exclusive access to Afghanistan's Red Berets - an elite commando unite - the forces who have been trained by the U.S. Military to take on the Taliban.

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Full interview: Ashraf Ghani

April 3rd, 2014
07:14 AM ET

Click above to watch Christiane Amanpour's full interview with Afghan presidential candidate Ashraf Ghani.


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Afghanistan’s leading presidential candidate Ashraf Ghani vows to sign security agreement

April 2nd, 2014
02:39 PM ET

By Mick Krever, CNN

You can watch Amanpour's full interview with Ghani here.

Afghanistan’s leading presidential candidate, Ashraf Ghani, vowed on Wednesday to sign a security agreement that would keep foreign troops in the country after their scheduled withdrawal at the end of 2014.

“I find the instrument to guarantee Afghanistan’s sovereignty,” he told CNN’s Christiane Amanpour. “My commitment is to sign the agreement so that the intentional forces that are needed to support the building, equipping and training of Afghan security forces are in place.”

In an interview with Amanpour also on Wednesday, NATO’s Supreme Allied Commander Europe, General Philip Breedlove, said he expected international forces to remain in the country after 2014.

Ghani, a former World Bank official, came back to Afghanistan after the fall of the Taliban in 2001 to help with the transition to democracy.

He is now campaigning for president on a platform of beefing up security and the economy, and stamping out corruption that he calls a “cancer.”

He also, he told Amanpour, wants to change Afghanistan’s regional role as one “from rivalry to cooperation.”

“There is no competitive advantage in the game of nations,” he said.

Click above to Watch Amanpour’s interview with Ghani.

Amanpour has also interviewed the other two leading presidential candidates in Afghanistan; you can watch those interviews here.


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NATO Commander: Troops will stay in Afghanistan post-2014

April 2nd, 2014
02:38 PM ET

By Mick Krever, CNN

International forces will remain in Afghanistan after the currently scheduled withdrawal at the end of the 2014, NATO’s Supreme Allied Commander Europe, General Philip Breedlove, told CNN’s Christiane Amanpour on Wednesday.

“I think you will see a very large ISAF combat mission changed to a smaller but continued resolute support, train, advise and assist mission at the end of the year,” General Breedlove said, referring to the International Security Assistance Force.

“NATO’s mission doesn’t end [after 2014]; NATO’s combat mission ends, but our train, advise, assist mission begins, and this is very important to remember.”

Afghan President Hamid Karzai, who will soon end his term of office, has refused to sign an agreement to keep foreign security troops in the country after 2014.

Amanpour has interviewed all three leading presidential candidates – Abdullah Abdullah, Zalmai Rassoul, Ashraf Ghani – and each one has told her that he is in favor of signing a deal.

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Amanpour's Afghan presidential interviews

April 2nd, 2014
01:42 PM ET

CNN's Christiane Amanpour has interviewed all the major presidential candidates in Afghanistan - Zalmai Rassoul, Abdullah Abdullah, and this Wednesday, Ashraf Ghani.

You can watch those interviews here:

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Leading Afghan candidate Ashraf Ghani

CNN's Christiane Amanpour speaks with the leading candidate for Afghan president, Ashraf Ghani.

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Afghan Pres candidate Rassoul speaks out

CNN's Christiane Amanpour speaks with Afghan presidential candidate and former foreign minister Zalmai Rasoul.

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Abdullah Abdullah on Afghan future

CNN's Christiane Amanpour speaks with Abdullah Abdullah, a leading contender to replace Afghan President Hamid Karzai.


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Afghanistan should sign U.S. security deal, presidential candidate and former foreign minister Zalmai Rassoul tells Amanpour

February 27th, 2014
03:10 PM ET

By Mick Krever, CNN

Afghanistan should sign an agreement that would keep some U.S. troops in the country after 2014, Afghan presidential candidate Zalmai Rassoul told CNN’s Christiane Amanpour on Thursday.

“I hope and I'm confident that the zero option will not be an option,” Rassoul said. Leaving no U.S troops after 2014 is “not a good option for Afghanistan and therefore for the United States,” he said.

Rassoul, an establishment figure and former foreign minister, did not directly criticize President Hamid Karzai, who has refused to sign such a deal.

Afghanistan’s Loya Jirga, or grand assembly, has endorsed the security deal.

The Obama administration announced earlier this week that it had warned Afghanistan that it has started planning for a possible withdrawal of all U.S. troops by the end of the year if no security agreement is signed.

Rassoul said that he did not believe Afghanistan was at risk of breaking out into civil war, and that the Afghan national security forces are “well trained” and “ready to defend Afghanistan.”

Nonetheless, he admitted that they are “not yet well equipped.”

“They are suffering from that. They need better equipment, training and advice.”

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U.S. has ‘failed’ narcotics fight in Afghanistan, says inspector general

February 3rd, 2014
04:11 PM ET

By Mick Krever, CNN

Despite spending $10 billion in reconstruction money fighting narcotics in Afghanistan, the U.S. has “failed,” the U.S. Special Inspector General for Afghan Reconstruction, John Sopko, told CNN’s Christiane Amanpour on Monday.

“If you look at production, if you look at cultivation, if you look at breaking the tie between the drug culture, the drug production, and the insurgency – if you look at all three of those indicators, we failed.”

Sopko is behind a damning new report alleging that corruption and incompetence in Afghanistan is putting a billion dollars in government assistance at risk.

Of the 16 Afghan ministries that the Inspector General examined, not a single one could be counted on to properly secure funds, the report says.

He alleged that of the litany of fixes to the aid program that the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) proposed, 90% were ignored.

Indeed, he said, in Afghanistan’s case USAID waved most of its normal good governance requirements for aid.

“Our fear is that this money is at risk because of the waiver of their requirements.”

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Abdullah Abdullah, leading contender to replace Karzai in Afghanistan, vows to sign troop agreement with U.S. if elected

February 3rd, 2014
03:14 PM ET

By Mick Krever, CNN

Leading Afghan presidential candidate Abdullah Abdullah told CNN’s Christiane Amanpour on Monday that he would sign an agreement to keep international forces in Afghanistan, and aid dollars flowing, if he were elected to succeed President Hamid Karzai.

Karzai has thus far demurred signing such a deal – a so-called Status of Forces Agreement – to the frustration of the United States and its allies.

U.S. forces are currently scheduled to pull out of Afghanistan by the end of 2014.

“When we are asking President Karzai to sign it, and when we say that it is in the interest of Afghanistan that that agreement is signed sooner rather than later, that means that we will be ready to sign it when time comes,” he said.

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Karzai pursuing ‘personal interests’ in postponing security deal, former Afghan FM and presidential candidate says

November 26th, 2013
09:52 AM ET

By Mick Krever, CNN

Afghan President Hamid Karzai decided suddenly this weekend not to sign an agreement to keep international troops in his country after their scheduled pull out next year.

His move, former Afghan Foreign Minister Abdullah Abdullah told CNN’s Christiane Amanpour on Monday, was the result of a desire to force the selection of a hand-picked successor in presidential elections next April. Abdullah is himself a candidate in that campaign.

“These negotiations between Afghanistan and the United States are being delayed not because of the content of the bilateral security agreement,” Abdullah said, “but primarily because of the personal feelings or personal interests of President Karzai.”

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