October 26, 2012 Witnesses say a man detonated a suicide vest outside a mosque, killing many civilians and police officers. It happened in part of the country normally thought to be safe, but where another attack this week left five police officers dead.
October 25, 2012 Insurgents continue to adapt and experiment with new tactics and approaches. The roadside bombs come in all shapes and sizes, and have grown more sophisticated and more lethal.
October 24, 2012 Officially, U.S. and allied commanders say that Afghan forces are "in the lead" on security in their country. But with the transition to Afghan control looming, senior U.S. officers say that's just wishful thinking. The U.S. needs to stop coddling the Afghans, these officers say, and let them do their job.
October 24, 2012 On a foot patrol in Kandahar, Nick Staback lost both of his legs after he stepped on a homemade bomb. Over the next year, his mother, Maria, became a tough coach as he learned to walk on two prosthetic legs, and together they adjusted to what she calls the "new normal" for their family.
October 11, 2012 Buzkashi Boys, a coming-of-age tale about two boys, captures Kabul's bustle and bleakness. It received a standing ovation at its recent premiere in the Afghan capital. The film doesn't have a Hollywood ending. Its director, Sam French, says he wanted the story to speak to the Afghan experience.
October 9, 2012 Gen. Joseph Dunford will be nominated to succeed Gen. John Allen as the top commander in Afghanistan, according to a defense official familiar with the decision. Allen is to become head of the U.S. European Command.
October 7, 2012 Afghan forces are scheduled to take control of their country's security by the end of 2014. While President Obama says they will be fully responsible by then, Mitt Romney calls the deadline a goal. Either way, the next president will face a 10-year agreement to help Afghans with counterterrorism and training.
October 1, 2012 In another incident, a firefight between NATO and Afghan troops left at least two Americans dead. Confusion, not an "insider attack," may have sparked the deadly exchange. The number of U.S. military and civilian personnel killed in Afghanistan since late 2001 has now passed 2,000.
September 30, 2012 According to an ISAF statement, the attack that killed a NATO service member and a civilian contractor in Afghanistan on Saturday may not have been an insider attack as originally reported.
September 28, 2012 Large sums of Iranian currency come into western Afghanistan every day and are exchanged for dollars, and then shipped back to Iran. There may be international sanctions against Iran, but in Afghan provinces that border the Islamic Republic, trade and money laundering are thriving.
September 27, 2012 The question of how to safely unwind an insurgency like the one in Libya is nothing new, but that doesn't make it any easier for the new leaders there or in other Arab states.