The debate over sending more US troops frames a larger clash over counterinsurgency strategy as the new template for war.
The Nuristan Provincial Reconstruction Team (PRT) is tasked with trying to win the hearts and minds of Afghans by providing low-cost community projects such as clinics, schools, and fresh water supplies. Two helicopters carrying 60 PRT team members including Commander George Perez (r.) and 1st Sargeant Willie Mitchell (l.) arrive at Barge Matal, in the far north of Nuristan, for a day of meeting with the shura (elders) of the village about what projects the local leaders might want and to set up a medical clinic. This marks the first stage in setting up development projects within the village.
Voting today will test the legitimacy of the government and the credibility of the international counterinsurgency strategy.
Officers killed four of at least eight suicide bombers – some wearing burqas – launching a coordinated assault in Gardez.
Top contenders Abdullah Abdullah and Ashraf Ghani are campaigning outside their traditional bases and attacking the incumbent.
As Congress worries about the dangerous prisoners, a Chinese Uighur asks: Why not release those deemed innocent?
American lawmakers say they haven't been briefed on plans, as some in Pakistan describe the administration as 'confused.'
Some 250 US citizens of Afghan origin have made unlikely career changes to become military interpreters.