Politiker-Reisen nach Afghanistan - ein Albtraum für die Verantwortlichen für die Sicherheit. Umso überraschender war jetzt der Flug von Verteidigungsminister de Maiziere: Er kam mit einer ganz normalen Regierungsmaschine direkt ins Land geflogen.
Afghanistan's departing president, Hamid Karzai, has targeted the US during his final address to parliament in Kabul. Karzai said Afghan troops no longer needed international help to defend the country.
A NATO airstrike has killed five Afghan soldiers in the country's eastern Logar province. The military coalition confirmed it had accidentally killed the Afghan National Army personnel.
Now that President Karzai's brother Qayyum has withdrawn from the race, three candidates have emerged as favorites for April's presidential elections in Afghanistan. Observers are hoping for a fair and peaceful outcome.
The Afghan government has been seeking talks with the Taliban to come to a so-called 'political solution.' But the Taliban have denied taking part in any negotiations. Observers say it is due to pressure from Pakistan.
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