Building a replica of an Afghan village, with Afghan construction workers and Afghan materials, proved too tough a task.
A German jihadi cheerfully extolling the virtues of slavery and beheading is an example of how difficult that task would be.
Their word alone. Nasr al-Ansi, a militant commander, made the claim in a video released this week.
Certainly the three murderers in Paris were offended. But should they be allowed to speak for all Muslims?
Once again, perspective is being lost in the wake of a tragedy.
None of the claimed long term objectives for the war in Afghanistan, either from the Bush or Obama administrations, have been achieved.
It's a common theme when it comes to US spending in Afghanistan. One official said accounting for spending on women was more of an 'optimistic, aspirational statement.'
Four years after the start of the so-called Arab Spring, the US is back to business as usual with a military regime in Egypt.
The ruble may be having a bad year, but it's not the worst.
Perhaps. But at least it shows that the ruble's current woes shouldn't be a surprise to bankers and policymakers.
The Iranian immigrant to Australia has had an erratic and violent past.
A major English language, pro-Islamic State Twitter account turns out to be run by a Hawaiian-shirt-wearing executive in Bangalore, India.
Ziad Abu Eid died Wednesday after a scuffle with Israeli security forces. His funeral was held Thursday amid an ongoing dispute over the exact cause of his death.
Partisan reactions in the US to the Senate Intelligence Committee's report on CIA torture continue to drive political debate. Reactions elsewhere to the report's findings have been more muted.
For starters, you have to ignore the fact the people have known about this for a long time.
There's been a growing use of Special Forces to try to rescue American hostages from Islamist militants. Given the difficulties, the track record is unavoidably mixed.
A lot of partisan media outlets and Republican politicians appear to believe so.
The adoption of slogans like the 'war on terrorism' since Al Qaeda's attacks on 9/11 was supposed to be about the tactic, not about the underlying beliefs of the attacker.
Space for dissent in Egypt is shrinking fast, as impunity for the powerful appears to be, once again, on the rise.
The theatrical attempt at 'surrendering' to authorities who weren't seeking the protest leaders' arrest comes amid flagging hopes of success for the Hong Kong democracy pressure group.