Colombian Army soldiers and a bomb-sniffing dog prepare to leave a military base in San Vicente del Caguan, Colombia.
Army Gen. Stanley McChrystal and President Hamid Karzai's deputy walked the streets of Marjah Monday. With US-led forces now in control of the former Taliban stronghold in southern Afghanistan, US and Afghan officials told Marjah residents that the Taliban were gone - and life would improve.
The sun rises on a cold winter morning in St. Moritz, Switzerland, on Feb. 21.
A Kabul suicide bomber attack on a hotel and guest house in Kabul claimed about 18 lives on Friday, with half the casualties apparently Indians. It puts a spotlight on India's and Pakistan's jockey for influence in Afghanistan.
The Marjah offensive, say US and Afghan officials, is a trial run for a major push into the city of Kandahar this summer. It could be the pivotal battle of the Afghanistan war against the Taliban.
In the Afghanistan war, NATO forces chief Gen. Stanley McChrystal publicly apologized Tuesday for 27 Afghan civilian deaths in a US airstrike. The coalition has begun saying 'sorry' more quickly to civilian deaths, as part of a new hearts and minds strategy.
Gen. Stanley McChrystal's nuanced Afghanistan war plan took a hit on Sunday when a convoy of suspected insurgents targeted by a coalition airstrike turned out to be civilians.
A NATO airstrike that killed at least 27 Afghanistan civilians in the south is another blow to the new US 'hearts and minds' strategy.
The Marjah offensive is the start of an Afghanistan campaign that will last 12 to 18 months, US Gen. David Petraeus said Sunday. How is the offensive faring so far?
But in many ways, the harder part is still ahead. In the 'clear-hold-build' counterinsurgency strategy under Obama and his top military commander in Afghanistan, Gen. Stanley McChrystal, the 'hold' phase - sustaining security - is much more difficult.