Neither Afghan nor American observers expect the Kabul attack on the InterContinental Hotel to shut down the peace process.
How many US troops are coming home from Afghanistan this year? On the eve of Obama's speech on his promised July start to the drawdown of American forces, here are three scenarios.
As Obama's promise of a troop drawdown nears, the US military says the surge of tens of thousands of NATO reinforcements that began last year has won some and lost some against the Taliban but needs more time to succeed.
Nine NATO soldiers were killed in a helicopter crash Tuesday in Afghanistan. Nearly 2,100 NATO troops have died in the nine-year Afghanistan war, with 529 just this year.
US officials recently praised Pakistan for taking the fight to extremist groups in its midst. Now, a report from the RAND Corp. says some official elements in Pakistan are still thwarting counterterrorism efforts – and that the US should withhold some aid as a result.
The Army is preparing for a new offensive in South Waziristan. A US drone strike Thursday killed at least nine in the area.
Top concerns are troop levels and yardsticks for success
The opium trade helps fund the insurgency but also provides farmers livelihood.
Some tribes have forced insurgents from their area, but many risks remain.
It plans to send more troops to Afghanistan and ramp up attacks in Pakistan.