President Hamid Karzai of Afghanistan

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Karzai received injuries to his facial nerves as can sometimes be noticed during his speeches.
Hamid Karzai had associations with the Taliban in the past and was trying to negotiate with them.
Hamid Karzai has also been criticized for protecting Pashtun drug lords and poppy farmers in southern Afghanistan, where his political base lies as well as for blocking poppy crop aerial eradication efforts.
Karzai has been the talk of many conspiracy theories over his supposed consultant work for the infamous Union Oil Company of California, aka Unocal, a now defunct oil company.
On July 4, 2004, Karzai was awarded the Philadelphia Liberty Medal in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
President Karzai met Saturday evening in Gulkhana Palace in Kabul with Senator Joseph R.
President Karzai called a meeting on Saturday to discuss with authorities concerned on ways to tackle worsening air pollution in the capital.
President Karzai met Friday with Gen.
President Karzai met Tuesday with French Defense Minister, Herve Morin in Gulkhana Palace in Kabul.
Hamid Karzai was appointed interim president of the Afghan Transitional Administration in December 2001, to serve until official elections took place in June 2004.
Karzai was born on December 24, 1957, in Kandahar into the prestigious Popolzai (Popalzai) clan of the Durrani tribe of ethnic Pashtuns.
On December 22, Karzai was sworn in as interim prime minister of Afghanistan.
Karzai is married to Zinat Karzai, a doctor by profession.
During the war against the Communist regime in Afghanistan (1980 - 1992) Karzai was an active supporter of the opposition, contributing money and serving as political advisor to certain resistance leaders.
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September 16, 2004, an attempted assassination on Karzai took place when a rocket missed the helicopter he was flying in while en route to Gardez.
June 10, 2007, the Taliban attempted to assassinate Karzai in Ghazni where Karzai was giving a speech to elders.
Karzai was not hurt in the incident and was transported away from the location after finishing his speech.
April 27, 2008: Taliban insurgents used automatic weapons and rocket-propelled grenades to attack a military parade that Karzai was attending in Kabul.
Karzai was safe, but at least three people were killed, including a parliamentarian, ten-year-old girl and a minority leader, and ten injured.
In a January 2008 interview, Karzai expressed his feelings towards America by stating: "if I am called a puppet because we are grateful to America, then let that be my nickname.
Also in the same month, on August 5, 2007, Karzai was invited to Camp David in Maryland, USA, for a special meeting with US.
Karzai has presided over two elections a 2004 presidential ballot that he won and a 2005 parliamentary vote and admits that terrorism is still the main concern.
Karzai comes from the dominant Pashtun tribe, and from the same clan as the former Afghan king Mohammad Zahir Shah.
16, 2004, a rocket missed the helicopter Karzai was riding to Gardez, where he planned to open a school.
Karzai was educated in the West, fluently speaks six languages including English, and is at ease with the electronic media.
which was set up in Bonn, Germany in December 2001.
the Taliban and drove them out of Kabul.
sign a deal with the Taliban to build a pipeline through Afghanistan.
Relations Unit in the Office of the President of the Interim Government.
Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai took his first tour of a US.
Afghan President Hamid Karzai has defended his peace "overtures" to some Taliban militants but emphasized the fight against terror groups like al Qaeda must continue.
Afghan President Hamid Karzai said President-elect Barack Obama assured him Saturday that the United States would send more aid and pay more attention to his war-torn country, according to Karzai's office, but Obama aides declined to confirm the call had included specific promises.
Afghan President Hamid Karzai has fired two military commanders in the wake of a US.
Afghan President Hamid Karzai has ordered an inquiry into allegations that 15 civilians were killed in a US.
Afghan President Hamid Karzai said Monday that the Taliban still endanger innocent people, but they pose no significant threat either to his government or to its institutions.
Afghan President Hamid Karzai has assembled a team to investigate reports of civilian casualties caused by NATO air operations in southern Afghanistan.
Afghan President Hamid Karzai expressed skepticism Sunday that a pact signed between his Pakistani counterpart and tribal elders across the border will reduce the incidents of terrorism in his country.
Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai has strongly suggested he will serve just one term as Afghan leader and not contest his country's next presidential election scheduled for 2009.
Afghan President Hamid Karzai said Sunday that the Taliban, the militant group ousted from power more than four years ago, is incapable of making a comeback.
Afghanistan's President Hamid Karzai has blamed religious schools in neighboring Pakistan for inciting violence in his country, as heavy fighting and a suicide bombing in Afghanistan leaves more than 100 people reported killed.
Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf ripped the president of neighboring Afghanistan on Sunday, telling CNN that Hamid Karzai is "totally oblivious of what is happening in his own country.
Afghan President Hamid Karzai said his country wants longer, stronger ties with the United States, including a long-term "strategic security relationship.
Afghan President Hamid Karzai predicted Sunday that luck would play a role in catching terrorist leader Osama bin Laden, but he promised "we will get him sooner or later.
New Afghan President Hamid Karzai is preparing to meet tribal leaders in a bid to step up the fight against the country's drug trade.
Hamid Karzai has been sworn in as Afghanistan's first popularly elected president, as 150 foreign dignitaries -- including US.
Afghan President Hamid Karzai has defended a Cabinet decision to release about 200 prisoners from Afghan jails, despite the possibility some may be terrorists.
Incumbent Hamid Karzai has been declared the winner of Afghanistan's first direct presidential election, the body organizing the vote has said.
With the counting effectively "over and done," incumbent Hamid Karzai is the clear winner in Afghanistan's presidential election, a senior official has said.
More than half the votes have been counted in Afghanistan's landmark election, and President Hamid Karzai is said to be running well ahead of his rivals.
Afghan President Hamid Karzai continues to hold a strong lead in the nation's landmark elections amid accusations of voter fraud from a key rival.
Weekend counting shows interim President Hamid Karzai is well ahead of his rivals and on course to become Afghanistan's first popularly elected leader.
Early tabulations from the first-ever democratic presidential election in Afghanistan show US.
Afghan President Hamid Karzai has told his supporters to vote without fear at a rally in a Kabul stadium the Taliban once used for beheadings.
A convoy carrying the running mate to Afghan President Hamid Karzai came under attack in the northeastern part of the country, just days before landmark elections.
Afghanistan's interim President Hamid Karzai has escaped what the US.
Afghan President Hamid Karzai has predicted that his nation will have "more of a security problem" in the run up to the long awaited elections to the Afghan Constitutional Assembly in September.
Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai says the country's first post-Taliban elections will be delayed until September, three months after the originally scheduled date of June.
Hamid Karzai was born on December 24, 1957 in the village of Karz, near Kandahar, Afghanistan.
After the formation of the Mujahideen's transitional government in 1989,Hamid Karzai was appointed asDirector of the Foreign Relations Unit in the Office of the President of the Interim Government.
As president, Hamid Karzai is viewedas a uniting force for all Afghans.
Hamid Karzai has been awarded many honours, among them a Honourary Knighthood from Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth (2003), the Philadelphia Liberty Medal (2004), and the American Bar Association-Asia Rule of Law Award (2003.
Karzai was "officially sworn in as President of Afghanistan on December 7, 2004.
Karzai was born December 24, 1957, in Kandahar.
Karzai was brought into the US fold long ago.
But Karzai has other credentials that put him in better stead, and to the extent he can bring in the bread (foreign aid and investment), he will likely be able to live down the 'American stooge' tag opponents are trying to pin on him.
Afghan guerrillas and American backers.
President Hamid Karzai takes harsh view of US.
India and Afghanistan on Friday sent a tough message to Pakistan, saying that no country should allow its territory to be used for terrorism.
Afghanistan president Hamid Karzai met Prime Minister Manmohan Singh at the Hyderabad House in New Delhi on Mondy.
foreign influences in Afghanistan.
PeopleHamid KarzaiPresident of Afghanistan Born: 1957Birthplace: Kandahar, Afghanistan Karzai was elected president in Afghanistan's first popular elections on Oct 9.
An ethnic Pashtun from the city of Kandahar, Karzai is leader of the powerful 500,000-strong Populzai clan, which has supplied Afghanistan's kings since 1747.
Karzai is also a close ally of the former king, Muhammad Zahir Shah.
During the American-led campaign against the Taliban in the fall 2001, Karzai was instrumental in convincing a number of Pashtun tribes to end their support for the Taliban.
His grip on power is shaky, his nation could descend into civil war at any time, and his own life may be in danger.
But Hamid Karzai has already secured a bright spot in Afghanistan's history for attempting what no one has before: trying to tame perhaps the world's most lawless land not through force but with charm, diplomacy and sheer courage.
Karzai has been living dangerously for a long time.
Karzai is the only Afghan leader with a vision for his country beyond personal greed and tribal ambitions.
In his free moments, Karzai has slipped out of his palace and strolled through Kabul, talking with tea sellers, beggars and devotees at the river mosque.
Hamid Karzai was a participant or observer in the following events: November 2001-January 2002: Western Leaders Promise Aid to AfghanistansEL('1626004942-3830','3830') In a series of multinational conferences held to discuss the future of Afghanistan, Western leaders make great pledges and promises to Afghanistan.
Afghan leader Hamid Karzai had announced a total ban on opium cultivation, processing, and trafficking, but it appears to be a total sham.
Karzai has been the leader of Afghanistan since late 2001 (see December 22, 2001.
Observers note that Afghan President Hamid Karzai had little choice in the matter given that his governments continuing existence is dependent upon the private security forces provided by the US.
Summer 2006: President Karzai Losing Support in AfghanistansEL('1626004942-11209','11209') The Washington Post and New York Times both publish articles suggesting that Afghan President Hamid Karzai is losing support among Afghans and some of his foreign backers.
Hamid Karzai is the current President of Afghanistan.
Hamid Karzai supported the Taliban after it was established in 1990s.
Karzai fled the country like millions of other Afghans but unlike the majority of his eight siblings, he stayed in the region and took an active voice in how his homeland was governed.
Karzai remained undeterred: "I've been through this before," Karzai said.
Upon his father's death, Karzai accepted his father's place as chief Popolzai leader and continued his anti-Taliban activities, which were not getting much attention until September 11, when Afghanistan became the focus of world attention.
As the leader of a powerful Pashtun tribe and a relative of the former king, Karzai was seen as perhaps the best hope for leading the country as it begins to rebuild after 23 years of war.
When meeting with the former monarch, Karzai said he felt the "weight of responsibility" with his new role.
In a CNN interview earlier this month in Kandahar, Karzai said his priorities are basic issues like roads for the country, to enable some kind of commerce and economy to flourish again, education, and a health system.
With the Loya Jirga of December 2003 approving the Constitution of Afghanistan, which will create a presidential system of government, Karzai said he would run for the position of President of Afghanistan.
When the Taliban emerged onto the political scene in the 1990s, Karzai was initially among their supporters.
In 1997, Karzai joined many of his family members in Quetta, from where he worked to reinstate Zahir Shah.
Some have suggested that Karzai was confused with US.
On November 3, 2004, Hamid Karzai was declared the winner of Afghanistan's first-ever presidential election, after the United Nations-Afghan joint electoral commission endorsed the election results as free and fair and announced that Karzai had won more than 55% of the votes.
On December 7, 2004, Afghanistan's Hamid Karzai took the oath of office and thus becoming Afghanistan's first popularly-elected president.
Afghan president says he will run for office againAug 19 - By Kathy Gannon, Associated Press WriterPresident Hamid Karzai said Tuesday he would seek re-election next year in hopes of finishing a job he said he hasn't yet completed.
Afghan president says he will run for office againAug 19 - By Associated PressAfghan President Hamid Karzai says he would like to run for re-election next year.
Afghan president urges military action in PakistanAug 7 - By Rahim Faiez, Associated Press WriterPresident Hamid Karzai said Sunday that airstrikes carried out in Afghan villages by US.
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Karzai is in Washington meeting with US.
forces, an incident Karzai has asked America's top military officer to investigate.
Karzai and Singh discuss securityAfgha, Afghanistan 1/14/2009 1:34:24 PMAfghan President Hamid Karzai meets India's PM in Delhi to discuss regional security and economic.
Hamid Karzai is shown in this picture (center, draped in a patou) takenHamid Karzai Biography -- Academy of AchievementHamid Karzai Biography.
Serving as the country’s transitional head of state since June 2002, Karzai had been responsible for preparing the country for the election.
Karzai was born in Kandahār into the prestigious Popolzai (Popalzai) clan of the Durrani tribe of ethnic Pashtuns.
In 1979, while Karzai was a student in India, the Soviet Union invaded Afghanistan.
Although he was not on the front lines, Karzai was a key planner and strategist and, from his base in Pakistan, helped route supplies to the anti-Soviet Islamic guerrillas called mujahideen.
In 1992 Karzai was appointed deputy foreign minister in the administration of Afghan president Burhanuddin Rabbani.
Karzai and others advocated the return from exile of former king Zahir to help lead the country, and in 1999 Karzai was a key participant in the loya jirga that Zahir organized in Rome, Italy.
In 2001 Karzai was further galvanized into action after the September 11 terrorist attacks in the United States.
On December 22 Karzai was sworn in as interim prime minister of Afghanistan, having been chosen for the role by Afghan factions participating in United Nations-sponsored negotiations earlier that month.
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ZAKARIA: Well, I think you can all see why President Karzai is such an important, impressive world figure.
While Haq was not part of the Bush administration's GOP (Grand Oil Plan) for South Asia, Karzai was a key player on the Bush Oil team.
Here are the facts: Karzai is one of very few Afghan elites that have the education to effectively run the country.
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KABUL, Afghanistan (CNN) -- Osama bin Laden is "probably" dead, but former Taliban leader Mullah Omar is alive, Afghan President Hamid Karzai has said.
I would come to believe that probably is dead," Karzai said on CNN's "Late Edition" on Sunday.
Karzai said his country has not received the economic support it expected from the international community for rebuilding efforts.
debate over possible military action against the Saddam Hussein regime in Iraq, Karzai said he is unconcerned that the United States might shift its attention from Afghanistan to that country.
The Taliban do not pose a long-term threat to Afghanistan's stability, President Hamid Karzai said Sunday.
Karzai said Omar and the Taliban do not represent a threat to his government.
KABUL, Afghanistan --President Hamid Karzai said Tuesday that he had sought help from the Saudi royal family for the last two years to bring the resur.
Karzai has been the target of several assassination attempts while in office, most recently in Apr, 2008.
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Save US from fair weather friends: much feted in Washington in 2002, when President Bush was looking for allies in his war on terror, Afghan President Hamid Karzai found US priorities had changed when he visited Washington last month.
After last week's riot, and with the Taliban resurgent, Karzai is under mounting pressure to take charge.
Foreign DeskA Buoyant Karzai Is Sworn In as Afghanistan's LeaderBy CARLOTTA GALL and JAMES DAOHamid Karzai tried to appoint a balanced cabinet to ease ethnic divisions in the country and to weaken the power of the warlords by drawing them away from their power bases to the capital.
Afghan President Hamid Karzai said he would guarantee the safety of Mullah Muhammad Omar for peace talks.
Brother of Karzai Denies Links to HeroinBy ABDUL WAHEED WAFAAhmed Wali Karzai said the accusations against him were baseless and represented political pressure on President Hamid Karzai of Afghanistan.
Hamid Karzai was sworn in today as Afghanistan's first popularly elected president.
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Cool and worldly, Karzai is a former employee of US oil company Unocal one of two main oil companies that was bidding for the lucrative contract to build an oil pipeline from Uzbekistan through Afghanistan to seaports in Pakistan and the son of a former Afghan parliament speaker.
A former deputy foreign minister during the first Afghan government after the fall of the Soviet-backed regime, Karzai finds his greatest source of support comes from the US and its coalition against terrorism.
Hamid Karzai is an educated, bright-minded man and a learned person, he's a mujahed and a holy warrior," says Amanullah Khan, minister for frontier and tribal affairs, who considers himself a friend of Karzai.
Hamid Karzai is the legitimate leader of Afghanistan for six months, and whatever he has to do to initiate agreement, he has to do," says Khan.
But Karzai says the country has already taken decisive steps away from its dreadful past.
KABUL, Afghanistan (CNN) -- Afghan President Hamid Karzai said Wednesday that his first demand of the new US.
Afghan President Hamid Karzai said last week he had asked the king of Saudi Arabia to mediate in talks with the insurgents and called on Taliban leader Mullah Omar to return to his homeland and to make peace.
Since December 2001, Hamid Karzai had been Chairman of the Transitional Administration and been Interim President.
6 pages With Taliban violence on the rise in Afghanistan and reports of government corruption marring his government's image, Afghan President Hamid Karzai finds himself embattled and on the defensive.