Improved security has boosted optimism, but US commanders want to be assured it is "irreversible."
Thomas Schweich charges that President Karzai is protecting drug traffickers within his power base, and says the US Defense Department and some NATO allies have also resisted antiopium efforts.
The heightened political tensions between the two allies in the war on terror has prompted US presidential hopefuls to focus on improving Afghanistan strategy.
Families who have a member serving in Iraq or Afghanistan often need help around the house. Volunteers are often willing to provide the assistance. But it's hard for the two groups to connect.
Giving back to the nation isn't about where you stand on war.
Optimistic comments from the Iranian foreign minister suggest that an accord with West may yet be reached.
Last month's Supreme Court ruling sets new rules for judges examining habeas corpus challenges from detainees.