In a historic first, three women graduated from US Marine infantry training school Thursday. But unlike their male counterparts, they won't be assigned to infantry units.
As Afghan leaders debate a draft security agreement with the United States, the two nations must recognize they are balancing more than each one's interests. After 12 years of war and joint efforts, the two are now bound up in common purpose.
Apparently, today's loya jirga doesn't have final say on whether a deal to keep US forces in the country after all.
The morning strike on a religious school killed at least five people, including the second leader of the militant Haqqani network to die this month.
Afghan tribal leaders now get to decide whether US troops can stay, balancing the indignity of relying on foreigners with their fear of the Taliban - and their fear of losing US money.
Just as President Obama prepares to reduce the US role there, Afghanistan sees a big rise in opium cultivation. The US cannot leave the nation it invaded as a narco-state.