Many Afghans have mixed feelings about tonight's announcement from President Obama that the US will begin drawing down the levels of troops in Afghanistan.
A man clings to chains suspended from a bridge as he bathes in the rapidly flowing waters of the Ganges river in Haridwar, India. Haridwar is considered to be one of the holiest cities in India by devout Hindus. The Ganges river attracts millions of pilgrims every year who come to bathe in its waters in the belief that the ritual washes away their sins.
The counterinsurgency strategy of the Afghan war surge shows signs of success, say US troops, who point to fewer attacks better local relations.
A suicide bombing at the wedding of the chief of a US-backed Afghan village anti-insurgency unit soured even the strongest holdouts for the Taliban.
NATO surge strategy aims to boost Afghan security forces. But, as the recent assassination of a provincial police chief of Kandahar showed, they're still far form secure.
Attackers stormed a police compound in Afghanistan's Khost province, killing at least three police officers Sunday. It's latest in a series of insurgent attacks on government, military, or police compounds.
Many Afghan college students who attend the American University in Afghanistan do. They represent the vanguard of a movement to restore Afghanistan’s intellectual capital – and peace. While militaries come and go, universities are enduring investments, at a fraction of the cost.
Taliban attacks continued for a second day in Kandahar, despite a yearlong effort by NATO and Afghan forces to drive the Taliban out of the southern province.
Even though the Taliban has ties with Al Qaeda, the Afghan militants are focused on fighting a national insurgency, not waging global jihad.