(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.
(CNN) – Former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld's comments earlier this week that a "trained ape" could have done a better job securing diplomatic relations with Afghanistan than the Obama administration sparked a backlash on social media.
But a Rumsfeld aide notes that he has used the phrase before and wasn't referring specifically to President Barack Obama.
(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.
Washington (CNN) - Years of tensions between Afghan President Hamid Karzai and the U.S. government appeared to fade away like a bad dream, at least in public, when Karzai touched down in Washington this week.
Karzai will get half a day's face time with President Barack Obama Friday, following meetings and cordial press appearances with U.S. Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton Thursday.
(CNN) - Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is back on the job and trading stories about her health.
Less than a week after returning to work from her health ordeal – a virus, a concussion and a blood clot - Clinton discussed dehydration and medical tests with Afghan President Hamid Karzai.
Washington (CNN) - President Hamid Karzai of Afghanistan will meet with President Barack Obama at the White House on Friday, marking his second such meeting with Obama.
The White House said Monday that Obama "looks forward to welcoming the Afghan delegation to Washington, and discussing our continued transition in Afghanistan, and our shared vision of an enduring partnership between the United States and Afghanistan."
(CNN) – Rep. Buck McKeon, who chairs the House Armed Services Committee, criticized Afghan President Hamid Karzai on Monday for blaming the United States over insecurity in Afghanistan. Asked if he thought the U.S. could continue to work with Karzai, the congressman said it's "a tough situation."
"When you figure all the sacrifice that we’ve made to try to help that country to try to help them have the ability to stand on their own feet and decide their own destiny – and then you get that kind of response. It’s a tough situation," he said on CNN's Erin Burnett OutFront.
Erin Burnett will report live from Kabul on Thursday.
(CNN) – A U.S. congressman barred from visiting Afghanistan over the weekend minced no words when characterizing the incident.
Afghan president Hamid Karzai is a "corrupt prima donna," House Foreign Affairs Committee member Dana Rohrabacher of California said in an interview Wednesday on CNN's "The Situation Room."
Kabul, Afghanistan (CNN) - For the first time, Afghan President Hamid Karzai says he is committed to allowing two key government anti-corruption units to operate without political interference.
The announcement came after a series of meetings Thursday night and Friday in Kabul with U.S. Sen. John Kerry and other senior U.S. and Afghan officials - talks that both Kerry and Karzai described as a "candid and productive" conversation.
In separate statements after the meeting, both said that Kerry and Karzai agreed on the importance of strengthening the Major Crimes Task Force and the Sensitive Investigative Unit.
Both units have been criticized by the Afghan president for allegedly abusing the rights of a top government official arrested on corruption charges. In a visit to Kabul Wednesday, Kerry told Karzai that the issue of corruption is undermining U.S. support for the war.
"The president and I agree that the work of these entities must be allowed to continue free from outside interference or political influence, including with respect to ongoing cases," Kerry said.
In an exclusive interview with CNN after the meetings, Kerry said, "For the first time, the president has publicly committed to proceeding forward with the Major Crimes unit investigations and done so with a guarantee that it will be free from political influence. I think that's important."