For a friendly foreign leader, a visit to the White House can be a visit to the woodshed.
Though unpopular, the president has more national reach than the shrinking pool of contenders.
Promises of cash and jobs – rather than ideological pledges – help prompt fighters to lay down their arms. But questions remain about the program's efficacy.
The tenuous peace deal with the militants comes under increasing strain as Taliban take areas closer to Pakistan’s capital.
The umbrella organization includes many different groups fighting the Afghan government and Western forces.
Hundreds in Kabul staged a rare rally Wednesday, defying counterprotesters' stones and insults.
The Haqqani network has agreed to discuss a peace proposal with government-backed mediators.