Until the recent suicide attacks in Kabul, coalition officials were holding up the capital's relative peace as a sign of progress in their fight against the Taliban-led insurgency.
To highlight police corruption in Afghanistan, a US filmmaker set up a fake police checkpoint in Kabul, dressed as an Afghan policeman, and stopped cars. But he didn't take bribes from drivers. Instead, he handed out money.
Officers killed four of at least eight suicide bombers – some wearing burqas – launching a coordinated assault in Gardez.
The unpopular leader announced Monday he would step down, avoiding the drive to impeach him.