If the Afghan Army is to take over security in Afghanistan, it must be able to effectively resupply weapons, food, and other supplies without foreign air support or technical assistance.
Today's attacks are insignificant from a tactical perspective, but they are part of a steady increase of assaults – sending a message that the Taliban-led insurgency can reach deep into the capital.
Insurgents have targeted Kabul landmarks before, but this attack’s proximity to the city’s most secure zone raises questions about Taliban infiltration into even the most sensitive ranks.
Kandahar is the Taliban's stronghold and target of an allied assault in Afghanistan. Can NATO win hearts and minds as well as territory?
But only 200 officers in the south have been trained so far in a US-led program to stem trafficking in and out of Pakistan.
The US, Pakistan coordinate troops to prevent militants from fleeing to either side.