Hamid Karzai


Hamid Karzai, GCMG is the 12th and current President of Afghanistan, taking office on 7 December 2004. He became a dominant political figure after the removal of the Taliban regime in late 2001. During the December 2001 International Conference on Afghanistan in Germany, Karzai was selected by prominent Afghan political figures to serve a six month term as Chairman of the Interim Administration.… Read More

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    Rare Deer Survives Decades Of War In Afghanistan
    Huffington Post - Sep 30, 2016
  • Ex Afghan Leader Attacks New U.S. Combat Rules - Sep 15, 2016
  • Afghanistan Is In Chaos. Is That What Hamid Karzai Wants?
    NYTimes - Aug 05, 2016
  • Hamid Karzai, In Retirement, Says Of Afghanistan: 'we Should Not Be Failing'
    LATimes - Jul 10, 2016


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1957 Birth Karzai was born on 24 December 1957 in the Karz area of Kandahar City in southern Afghanistan. … Read More


1976 18 Years Old 1 More Event
Hamid Karzai attended Mahmood Hotaki Primary School in Kandahar and Sayed Jamaluddin Afghani School in Kabul. He graduated from Habibia High School in 1976.


1983 25 Years Old He obtained his master's degree in 1983, shortly after the 1979 Soviet invasion of Afghanistan. … Read More


1988 30 Years Old Following the withdrawal of Soviet forces, Hamid Karzai returned to Afghanistan in early October 1988 to assist in the Mujahideen victory in Tarinkot. … Read More
1992 34 Years Old Karzai accompanied the first mujahideen leaders into Kabul after President Najibullah stepped down in 1992. … Read More


…  In July 1999 Karzai's father was assassinated and Karzai succeeded his father as head of the Popalzai tribe. … Read More
2000 42 Years Old In 2000 and 2001, he traveled to Europe and the United States to help gather support for the anti-Taliban movement. "Massoud and Karzai warned the United States that the Taliban were connected with al Qaeda and that there was a plot for an imminent attack on the United States, but their warnings went unheeded. On September 9, 2001, two days before the 9/11 attacks in America, Massoud was assassinated by al Qaeda agents in a suicide bombing."
As the U.S. Armed Forces were preparing for a confrontation with the Taliban in September 2001, Karzai began urging NATO states to purge his country of al-Qaeda. … Read More
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He was then chosen for a two-year term as Interim President during the 2002 loya jirga (grand assembly) that was held in Kabul, Afghanistan.
After the 2004 presidential election, Karzai was declared winner and became President of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan.
In May 2006, an anti-American and anti-Karzai riot took place in Kabul which left at least seven people dead and 40 injured.
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In May 2007, after as many as 51 Afghan civilians were killed in a bombing, Karzai asserted that his government "can no longer accept" casualties caused by U.S. and NATO operations.


2008 50 Years Old …  In September 2008, Karzai was invited on a special visit to witness the sworn in ceremony of Asif Ali Zardari, who became the President of Pakistan. … Read More
He won a second five-year term in the 2009 presidential election; this term ended in September 2014.
In January 2010, Karzai set the framework for dialogue with Taliban leaders when he called on the group's leadership to take part in the jirga to initiate peace talks. … Read More
In August 2011, Karzai pardoned dozens of child would-be suicide bombers, and in February 2012 some of the pardoned children were re-arrested attempting to commit suicide bombings in Kandahar Province. … Read More
On 28 April 2013, The New York Times revealed that from December 2002 up to the publication date, Karzai's presidential office has been funded with "tens of millions of dollars" of black cash from the CIA in order to buy influence within the Afghan government. … Read More
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