Russian President Dmitry Medvedev hosted leaders from Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Tajikistan in Sochi, Russia, on Wednesday. Militancy and the drug trade are increasing threats to Russia's security.
The International Assistance Mission, a Christian organization whose team of 10 aid workers were ambushed by the Taliban on Friday, said the killings would not chase it from the country.
WikiLeaks has released more than 90,000 classified US reports and documents spanning 2004-2009 detailing Paksitan's collusion with Afghan militants and the Taliban's increasing sophistication. The White House condemned the leak.
Conflicting reports have emerged over whether one of the two soldiers kidnapped by the Taliban in Afghanistan on Friday was killed in an ambush. The US is offering $20,000 for information leading to their safe return.
Taliban IEDs – or homemade bombs – have become the Afghanistan war's biggest killer of international troops, a fact highlighted by the deaths of five NATO troops killed by IEDs this weekend.