The coordinated Taliban assault in the heart of Kabul didn't achieve its objective – killing Afghan lawmakers – but was a reminder that the group remains potent.
A round-up of global commentary for the April 13, 2015 weekly magazine.
Afghan President Ashraf Ghani told Congress Wednesday that his country was trying to stand on its own feet. The US government has poured nearly $1 trillion in war and reconstruction in Afghanistan.
Building a replica of an Afghan village, with Afghan construction workers and Afghan materials, proved too tough a task.
Just days after US-led forces officially ended combat operations in Afghanistan, President Ashraf Ghani said there's more work to be done and there should be a willingness to reconsider withdrawal deadlines.
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.'
Tuesday's attack on a military-run school in Peshawar is Pakistan's bloodiest terror incident in several years. Last week saw a similar attack on a much smaller scale in Kabul.
The young Bruce Lee look-alike wants his nunchakus and bowl haircut to become an alternative to Afghanistan war-torn image.
President Obama's dismissal of Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel today is the latest sign of the president's growing hawkishness in the face of unresolved conflicts in the Middle East.
Opium output in Afghanistan, the world's largest producer, is forecast this year to be 17 percent higher than in 2013, possibly because security personnel were pulled off opium crop eradication duty.