Despite the risks, Afghanistan is drawing in energy investors, Graeber writes. Without the proper safeguards in place, however, oil and gas extraction in Afghanistan could lead to more conflict in the country.
The detainees are accused of attacks on NATO and US troops. President Karzai dismisses the evidence against them, deepening his rift with his Western backers.
A grand council of elders in Afghanistan is debating the presence of US troops in the country beyond 2014. What is it and how does it work?
Afghan women are concerned that, as the withdrawal of US troops nears, their gains of the last 12 years will be sacrificed in a peace deal with the Taliban, or that they will simply be forgotten. The international community, particularly the US and Europe, must not let this happen.