Obama seems serious enough that proponents of an extended US military presence in Afghanistan are warning against it.
The Taliban is trying to set itself up as a legitimate party, angering the Afghan government which has put peace talks on hold.
Planned negotiations between the US, Afghanistan, and the Taliban look doubtful after the Afghan president announces a boycott amid a row over the Taliban office in Doha.
Afghan President Hamid Karzai suspended talks with the US over a new Status of Forces Agreement, furious that the US is trying to join peace talks with the Taliban in Qatar.
A small Taliban unit assaulted the Kabul airport just before dawn today. Afghan police and Army units handled the response.
The Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction points to the dangers posed to foreign troops from their Afghan counterparts.
Iraq is less violent than it was and the press frequently wonders if the country could descend into war again. What if the war never ended?
Afghan insurgent group Hizb-e-Islami claimed responsibility for the attack, saying it plans further attacks against foreign troops.
A helicopter carrying foreign nationals made an emergency landing due to poor weather conditions in Afghanistan, where they were seized by the Taliban.
The 13 soldiers killed were members of Afghanistan's Third Battalion, one of only a small number of Afghan Army units rated as fully self-sufficient by the US military.
A familiar question for the US secretary of State following the death of US diplomat Anne Smedinghoff.
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