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Could Afghanistan be the next Iraq?

June 25th, 2014
03:32 PM ET

By Claire Calzonetti, CNN

Could Afghanistan be the next Iraq?

“If you think about what the lessons of Iraq are, I hope that every Afghan is sitting in the evening thinking clearly about the lessons of Iraq,” Marc Grossman – the former U.S. Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan – told CNN’s Christiane Amanpour.

The violence rocking Kabul and other parts of the country – with another four killed today, and 27 dead since summer offensive began – raises the harsh specter of an Iraq-like disaster once U.S. and NATO forces pull out at the end of the year.

No one knows the pitfalls and the possibilities better than former ambassador Marc Grossman, who was the Obama Administration's point man in some of the toughest yet vital peace negotiations

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Filed under:  Afghanistan • Christiane Amanpour • Iraq • Latest Episode

Former U.S. Ambassador to Iraq Zalmay Khalilzad: 'The reality of Iraq has changed after Mosul'

June 13th, 2014
11:35 AM ET

By Henry Hullah

Former U.S. Ambassador to Afghanistan, the U.N. and Iraq, Zalmay Khalilzad has been a key voice in the relationship between the U.S. and the Middle East over the years. Amanpour asked what he thinks of the situation in Iraq right now as ISIS insurgents have gone from taking Mosul, Iraq's second city, to moving in around Baghdad.

“The speed with which things have moved have reminded me of Afghanistan in the nineties when the Taliban were on the scene and moved extremely rapidly to take over one city after another.”

The U.S. has spent a decade training the people of Iraq to fight this sort of insurgency, will they step back into the fray?

“The reality of Iraq has changed after Mosul”.

"The U.S. forces have to take into account not only the Iraqi forces; can they be helped? Can they be effective? But also the Kurdish forces, how to relate to them because they are perhaps in a better position”.

Former Prime Minister of Iraq Ayad Allawi told the program that the U.S. would make things worse if they entered the conflict. He said he would be going to Baghdad to attempt to create unity, could he achieve it?

Khalilzad stated, “He is a key figure but there are others who are important now too”.

“No single person can do the job, the Iraqis have to come together”.


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NATO Commander: Bergdahl hasn’t been debriefed yet

June 6th, 2014
02:53 PM ET

By Mick Krever, CNN

Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl, whose release from five years in Taliban captivity has been mired in controversy, is not “actually being debriefed yet,” NATO’s Supreme Allied Commander for Europe, General Philip Breedlove, told CNN’s Christiane Amanpour on Friday.

“What we're concentrating on right now is his health. He has been in a very tough place for a long time. Landstuhl Medical Center [in Germany] is the perfect place for this. It is the best place in the world to do it. That's what we're focussed on right now."

Breedlove and Amanpour spoke in Normandy, France, where world leaders marked 70 years since the Allied D-Day invasion during World War II.

Bergdahl’s release has become a political football in the United States since it was announced last week.

Critics believe he was a deserter (an Army investigation found that he walked off his Afghan base voluntarily) and say he was not worth the five Taliban members who were released from Guantanamo Bay in exchange for his freedom.

“The Army has given all of our forces a great culture, and that culture is no soldier left behind,” General Breedlove said. “So no soldier, no sailor, airman, nor marine we leave behind.”

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Filed under:  Afghanistan • Christiane Amanpour • Latest Episode • Russia • Ukraine

Amanpour's Afghan presidential interviews

May 12th, 2014
01:42 PM ET

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

You can watch those interviews here:

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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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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.

Click above to watch.

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.

Click above to watch.


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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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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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