Obama congratulates Afghan voters on high election turnout
Afghan residents wishing to vote line up underneath underneath Afghan flags outside a polling station in Mazar-i-Sharif on April 5, 2014 (FARSHAD USYAN/AFP/Getty Images)
April 5th, 2014
06:22 PM ET
2 weeks ago

Obama congratulates Afghan voters on high election turnout

(CNN) – President Barack Obama on Saturday praised the high turnout of voters in the first democratic transfer of presidential power in Afghanistan's history.

Increased violence ahead of the elections threatened to keep voters home, but long lines at polling centers across the country showed the determination of the Afghan people to have their voices heard.

As the U.S. draws down its forces in Afghanistan, the President called on officials to follow through on the election results.
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Filed under: Afghanistan • Elections • Hamid Karzai • John Kerry • President Obama
January 8th, 2014
06:41 PM ET
3 months ago

White House: Obama believes in Afghanistan mission

Updated 8:42 p.m. ET, 1/8/2014

Washington (CNN) - Former Defense Secretary Robert Gates' criticism of his former boss President Barack Obama on Afghanistan doesn't align with the commander-in-chief's views, the White House said Wednesday.

In his memoir, which arrived at the White House on Tuesday evening, Gates states Obama "doesn't believe in his own strategy" in Afghanistan.
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Filed under: Afghanistan • Hillary Clinton • Jay Carney • Joe Biden • Robert Gates
CNN Poll: Afghanistan war arguably most unpopular in U.S. history
December 30th, 2013
06:00 AM ET
4 months ago

CNN Poll: Afghanistan war arguably most unpopular in U.S. history

Washington (CNN) – Support for the war in Afghanistan has dipped below 20%, according to a new national poll, making the country's longest military conflict arguably its most unpopular one as well.

The CNN/ORC International survey released Monday also indicates that a majority of Americans would like to see U.S. troops pull out of Afghanistan before the December 2014 deadline.
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Filed under: Afghanistan • CNN/ORC International poll • Polls
Hillary Clinton, Laura Bush talk security for Afghan women
November 15th, 2013
01:13 PM ET
5 months ago

Hillary Clinton, Laura Bush talk security for Afghan women

(CNN) - Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton teamed up with fellow former First Lady Laura Bush on Friday for a public discussion about the future of security for Afghan women.

"I'm so worried that once our troops leave, no one will pay attention again to Afghanistan, and we just can't take that risk," Mrs. Bush said at a Georgetown University event in Washington.
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Filed under: Afghanistan • John Kerry • Laura Bush
Obama strongly considers withdrawing all troops from Afghanistan in 2014
July 9th, 2013
07:48 AM ET
9 months ago

Obama strongly considers withdrawing all troops from Afghanistan in 2014

(CNN) - President Barack Obama is seriously considering withdrawing all U.S. troops from Afghanistan in 2014, a senior administration official told CNN.

The official's comments came after The New York Times reported the administration was looking at speeding up the troop withdrawal to the "zero option," leaving no troops in Afghanistan.

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Filed under: 2014 • Afghanistan • President Obama
McCain arrives in Afghanistan on Fourth of July visit
July 4th, 2013
04:58 AM ET
10 months ago

McCain arrives in Afghanistan on Fourth of July visit

U.S. Senator John McCain arrived on an unannounced visit to Afghanistan on Thursday, a coalition spokeswoman told CNN.

The Arizona Republican is expected to meet with U.S. forces. He is a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee.

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Filed under: Afghanistan • John McCain
Hagel arrives in Afghanistan on first trip as defense secretary
March 8th, 2013
11:15 AM ET
1 year ago

Hagel arrives in Afghanistan on first trip as defense secretary

(CNN) - The first Vietnam veteran to be U.S. defense secretary is spending his first overseas trip on the job thanking soldiers and Marines.

At about 11 a.m. ET Friday, Hagel touched down in Kabul, Afghanistan.

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Filed under: Afghanistan • Chuck Hagel
Medal of Honor recipient declines invitation to State of the Union
February 12th, 2013
12:14 PM ET
1 year ago

Medal of Honor recipient declines invitation to State of the Union

(CNN) – The former Army staff sergeant who was awarded the Medal of Honor by President Barack Obama Monday is declining the first lady's invitation to be her guest at Tuesday's State of the Union address.

Clint Romesha, who was awarded the prestigious medal for uncommon valor in Afghanistan, told CNN that he has decided to spend the evening with friends from his former unit, Black Knight Troop, 3-61 CAV, his wife Tammy - with whom he celebrates a wedding anniversary Tuesday - and their families.

Watch CNN's comprehensive coverage of President Barack Obama's State of the Union address starting Tuesday night at 7 p.m. ET on CNN TV and follow online at CNN.com or via CNN's apps for iPhone, iPad and Android. Follow our real-time State of the Union live blog at cnn.com/conversation.

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Filed under: Afghanistan • State of the Union
First on CNN: Obama to announce 34,000 troops to come home
February 12th, 2013
08:52 AM ET
1 year ago

First on CNN: Obama to announce 34,000 troops to come home

(CNN) - In his State of the Union speech Tuesday, President Obama will announce that by this time next year, 34,000 U.S. troops in Afghanistan will have returned home, according to sources with knowledge of the president's speech.

The move will reduce the number of U.S. forces in the country by half.

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Obama notes progress towards Afghan war drawdown
January 12th, 2013
06:00 AM ET
1 year ago

Obama notes progress towards Afghan war drawdown

(CNN) - After weeks of focus on fiscal policy, President Barack Obama turned the conversation to foreign policy - and specifically the war in Afghanistan - in his weekly address on Saturday.

He spoke after meeting on Friday with Afghan President Hamid Karzai.
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Filed under: Afghanistan • Hamid Karzai • President Obama
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