The US Embassy attack and others around Kabul cause few casualties but may signal the Taliban's desire to engage in a politically and psychologically effective war of attrition.
As Gen. David Petraeus testifies on Capitol Hill this week, some analysts are saying that US aid, aimed at winning the hearts and minds of the Afghan people, is not helping the military win the war.
Gen. David Petraeus replaced Gen. Stanley McChrystal as head of US forces in the Afghanistan war this year. One change he's made represents something of a gamble to some in the Pentagon.
A White House review of Afghanistan war strategy finds progress, but at the Pentagon support is growing for a shift toward more hard power.
Defense Secretary Robert Gates says he works well with new National Security Adviser Tom Donilon. But reports suggest there has been friction between Donilon and the Pentagon in the past.
WikiLeaks released 92,000 pages of classified documents on Sunday, but much of it has viewers wondering why it needed to be kept secret in the first place. Yet there may be compelling reasons, say others.