December 16th, 2010
07:54 AM ET

The state of Afghanistan

While the U.S. military delivers its assessment on the strategy on the war in Afghanistan on Thursday, CNN's Nic Robertson carried out an informal review of his own. Having covered Afghanistan since the 1990s, Robertson revisited some of the places he'd reported from over the years to see what had changed.

Here's a round-up of some of the reporting:

Afghans struggle on road to better future: For ordinary Afghans, insecurity, instability and lack of development have been the only real constants.

In Herat, Robertson found a governor frustrated with his government in trying to move projects forward and a new road project completed near a school that leaves the U.S. with an image Catch-22.

In the revisit to Herat, Robertson meets with three men, who until a few months ago were Taliban commanders. He found out why some Taliban members are putting down their weapons and now want peace.

In Kandahar, he went on patrols with U.S. troops and also explored the streets of the city to talk to the local population.

Also in Kandahar, Robertson reports on the surge of troops that have improved Kandahar security, but U.S. commanders face problems with Afghan politics.


Filed under: Kandahar • Obama's Afghan review • Taliban • Troops
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  1. jackson

    Jason Lee...why don't get you're little chicken-clickin butt out on the front line if your such a bad ass? Real tuff behind that keyboard, ey? Dang, duck everyone, he's shooting with cap letters!!! I'm so impressed with your courage...and your evident knowledge about so very little.

    December 23, 2010 at 1:20 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Name*Pauline.

    some news on afghanistan

    December 23, 2010 at 11:20 am | Report abuse |
    • LarryKegel(US Army)

      I hope Next Year will be better all the way around!!!

      December 23, 2010 at 11:26 am | Report abuse |
  3. LarryKegel(US Army)

    They were dieing long before We ever got to either Country!!! We are making it more safe for Them there...

    December 22, 2010 at 7:21 pm | Report abuse |
  4. jasonlee99

    IT'S SUCH A JOY AND HAPPINESS TO SEE NEW DEATHS OF gr....ngos in AFGHAN. HOW MANY – 50 MORE "SOLDEIRS" DIED QUITE RECENTLY IN RECENT DAYS. A NEW DAY BRINGS MORE HOPE THE ameris ARE ON A LOSING STREAK THERE AND IRAQ. THE TALIBS, KEEP ON FIGHTING,. KEEP ON KILLING THIS FILTH AND TRASH, THESE STUPID OCCUPIERS WHO HAVE ILLIGELLY ATTACKED YOUR COUNTRY. WE KNOW YOU ARE GONNA PREVAIL. AND ALWAYS REMEMBER (WHEN YOU SHOOT AND KILL ANOTHER MORON ameir) – a GOOD AMERI IS A DEAD ameri.

    December 19, 2010 at 5:12 am | Report abuse |
    • LarryKegel(US Army)

      WHY ARE YOU YELLING??? I don't know where You are from!!! But the Americans are losing Their lives there so that the People there can live without Fear of dieing... It is to bad a Idiot like You can see it!!! We aren't the ones benefiting from it They are...

      December 21, 2010 at 12:33 pm | Report abuse |
      • jasonlee99

        IT LOOKS LIKE YOU ARE MORE WORRIED ABOUT HOW MANY STUPID ameirs ARE DYING, BUT YOU IGNORE THE FACT SCORE OF INNOCENT PEOPLE IN IRAQ AND AFGHAN ARE DYING EVERY DAY, THE WARS THAT YOU HAVE STARTED WITHOUT ANY REASON. MANY MORE PEOPLE (IRAQ, AFGHAN, ETC, AND NOT SAUDI ARABIA) THAN ameris.. SCOUNDRELS LIKE bushes and cheneys HAVE ILLEGALLY STARTED THESE TWO WARS, AND BECAUSE OF THIS, PEOPLE ARE SUFFERING. DEATH BE UPON ameris....

        December 21, 2010 at 5:21 pm | Report abuse |
  5. LarryKegel(US Army)

    UN Watch Leads Opposition to U.N.'s 'Durban 3' Celebration in New York

    "Any celebration of the U.N.’s notorious 2001 Durban conference, the iconic symbol of globalized anti-Western and anti-Israel hatred, is nothing but a political provocation designed by barbarous regimes to project their own atrocities onto the world’s democracies,” said Hillel Neuer, executive director of Geneva-based UN Watch..." — U.S. opposes plan for UN to hold Durban III next year, Nov. 19, 2010.
    UN Watch has launched a global campaign urging all 27 European Union states to join the U.S., Canada and others in opposing the resolution at the U.N. General Assembly vote this Monday. Click here to take action.

    December 17, 2010 at 4:36 pm | Report abuse |
  6. LarryKegel(US Army)

    Israel Doesnât Need the West Bank To Be Secure
    The Forward Wed, 15 Dec 2010 12:59 PM PST
    When everything is said and done, how important is the West Bank to Israelâs defense? To answer the question, our best starting point is the situation before the 1967 war. At that time, the Arab armed forces surrounding Israel outnumbered the Jewish stateâs army by a ratio of 3-to-1. Not only was the high ground in Judea and Samaria in Jordanian hands, but Israelâs capital in West Jerusalem was ..

    December 17, 2010 at 9:27 am | Report abuse |
    • LarryKegel(US Army)

      Real American: He doesn't use Your name so Why should You care???

      December 18, 2010 at 11:39 am | Report abuse |
      • Bledsoe

        False-American=Daniel-2!

        December 18, 2010 at 2:18 pm | Report abuse |
      • LarryKegel(US Army)

        I suppose that sooner or later you'll start calling me Daniel-2 Phunnie boy,won't you?

        December 18, 2010 at 4:26 pm | Report abuse |
      • Bledsoe

        Why-are-you?

        December 19, 2010 at 2:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • LarryKegel(US Army)

      What did You mean By that My Friend??? Speak English Please!!!

      December 18, 2010 at 11:41 am | Report abuse |
  7. Joel2208

    I wish that this Bledsoe(Phunnie boy,daveyboy or whoever)would just SHUT UP!!! He's such a horrific BORE!!!

    December 16, 2010 at 8:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bledsoe

      Funny-Daniel2!

      December 17, 2010 at 3:21 pm | Report abuse |
      • Joel2208

        I wish to High Heaven that CNN would do something to shut this creep up!!!

        December 17, 2010 at 4:37 pm | Report abuse |
      • Bledsoe

        Daniel-2.-Yes!

        December 17, 2010 at 4:43 pm | Report abuse |
      • Real American

        Just ignore him Joel like I do. He's going to blog in here come what may whether we like it or not. He wants to belittle and disrespect the troops and he will do that!

        December 17, 2010 at 7:34 pm | Report abuse |
      • Bledsoe

        Absurd-Daniel-2!

        December 18, 2010 at 2:15 pm | Report abuse |
      • Real American

        Really? The only one who's absurd here is you!!!!!!

        December 18, 2010 at 4:20 pm | Report abuse |
      • Real American

        And you can quit calling me Daniel-2 while you're at it!

        December 18, 2010 at 4:22 pm | Report abuse |
      • Bledsoe

        No-Daniel-2!

        December 19, 2010 at 2:40 pm | Report abuse |
  8. LarryKegel(US Army)

    Bledsoe+daveybaby=Phunnie boy!!!

    December 16, 2010 at 4:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bledsoe

      =Daniel-2=ISI!

      December 16, 2010 at 5:05 pm | Report abuse |
      • daveyboy

        Hello Phunnie boy,I'm daveyboy. How do you do???

        December 16, 2010 at 7:54 pm | Report abuse |
      • Bledsoe

        Really?-daniel-2?

        December 17, 2010 at 3:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bledsoe

      Wrong Larry,it's daveyboy not daveybaby!!!

      December 16, 2010 at 7:56 pm | Report abuse |
      • Bledsoe

        Creepy!

        December 17, 2010 at 3:23 pm | Report abuse |
      • LarryKegel(US Army)

        It wasn't Me!!!

        December 18, 2010 at 11:38 am | Report abuse |
    • LarryKegel(US Army)

      I did not write this!!!

      December 18, 2010 at 11:33 am | Report abuse |
    • LarryKegel(US Army)

      I wish You would quit using My Name!!!

      December 18, 2010 at 11:37 am | Report abuse |
  9. daveyboy

    hey cindy shehhan, what happend to the war protest now that your little butt buddy barry soetoro was elected? ehhh girlie?

    December 16, 2010 at 12:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dan in Lafayette, IN

      More right-wing bla-bla-bla from you warmongering fools! You wouldn't be Pfunnie boy posting under another name by any chance,would you?

      December 16, 2010 at 3:07 pm | Report abuse |
      • Bledsoe

        How did you guess,Dan? Yeah,that's me,daveyboy the jerk!!!

        December 16, 2010 at 3:17 pm | Report abuse |
      • Bledsoe

        Hi-Daniel-2!

        December 16, 2010 at 4:25 pm | Report abuse |
      • Bledsoe

        Hello Phunnie boy,how do you do?

        December 16, 2010 at 4:51 pm | Report abuse |
      • Bledsoe

        Hi-ISI!

        December 16, 2010 at 5:07 pm | Report abuse |
  10. DC

    It is well known that factions in the Pakistani government are funneling funds to the Taliban. As we are sending funds to Pakistan, the net effect is we are funding both sides of the war.

    Seems there is something wrong with this picture

    December 16, 2010 at 12:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • LarryKegel(US Army)

      What proof do You have They are doing that??? Where do You get Your information???

      December 18, 2010 at 11:35 am | Report abuse |
    • Khan

      @DC, as if ur more knowledgeable than Army Commanders on ground, Secretary of state and even CIA. You do not even ahve leaked cables afirming ur claim.

      Yes there is a pours border, more suited to gorilla warfare, Far more porous than US-Mexico, if this cant be sealed that one is a impossibility. See the logic !!! its veyr simple when facts are viewed.

      December 23, 2010 at 12:40 pm | Report abuse |
  11. LarryKegel(US Army)

    The only way to change things is one village at a time!!! Pretty soon They will have know place to hide... Especially if Pakistan and the CIA works on Them on Their side!!! Where else would They be able to go???

    December 16, 2010 at 11:31 am | Report abuse |
    • LarryKegel(US Army)

      I like it better when You write like This My Friend!!! Please keep it up...

      December 18, 2010 at 11:34 am | Report abuse |