February 23, 2012 Two U.S. troops were shot dead by an Afghan soldier in a day of riots and protests across the country over Qurans that were burned. U.S. forces and Afghan authorities are braced for more trouble following Friday prayers at mosques nationwide.
February 20, 2012 Traumatic brain injuries are often caused by a blast: A bomb explodes, and the concussive effect violently shakes the brain. The Army has had a mixed record treating soldiers for TBI. Now it's trying to spot the injury close to the battle and get soldiers out of the fight.
February 17, 2012 NPR foreign correspondent Quil Lawrence recalls his friendship with the New York Times reporter, who died Thursday at age 43, and the passion and sincerity that made him such a brilliant reporter.
February 8, 2012 U.S. and Afghan officials have resumed talks on a deal that will determine how many American troops stay after the NATO mission ends. But until a deal is signed, it's hard for Afghans to know what's ahead, and the uncertainty may be helping the insurgents.
February 3, 2012 The surprise announcement that the U.S. and the Taliban could soon begin peace talks in Qatar may have increased the chances of a negotiated settlement in Afghanistan. But some Afghans wonder whether such talks are about stabilizing Afghanistan — or just helping U.S. troops leave.
January 13, 2012 NATO says it has greatly reduced the Taliban presence in the northern part of the country. But some Afghan officials aren't thrilled with the U.S. tactics, which include the creation of ad hoc militias. Some of the militia members used to be Taliban fighters.
January 11, 2012 The U.S. relationship with Afghan President Hamid Karzai continues to worsen, after a series of announcements that appear designed to embarrass Washington. Karzai is angry that the U.S. appears to be bypassing him in key decisions and is eager to prove he isn't beholden to America.
December 29, 2011 Saving money and lives, as well as improving national security, are the goals behind a U.S. military initiative to reduce its reliance on fossil fuels. At one outpost in remote Afghanistan, Marines are using solar power; the Navy is also experimenting with biofuels.
December 13, 2011 The focus of the war in Afghanistan is shifting to its border with Pakistan. Recent high-profile attacks were planned in Pakistan and carried out by militants who crossed through the mountainous border region. Now, the U.S. military is trying to stem that flow.