Even with other transportation available, sometimes you have to walk. A man pushes his motorcycle and a boy leads a donkey through the Nawbahar District bazaar in the Zabul Province of Afghanistan.
U.S. House Speaker John Boehner wrapped up a two-day trip to Afghanistan Wednesday with a demand that President Barack Obama explain how the "pace and scope" of a planned U.S. troop withdrawal will not undermine the country's fragile security gains. FULL POST
Tim Hetherington, an esteemed photojournalist and an Oscar nominee for a gritty and harrowing documentary about the Afghan war, was killed in the war-torn Libyan city of Misrata, the president of the agency that represented him said Wednesday.
Hetherington received an Academy Award nomination this year for "Restrepo," which chronicles the deployment of a platoon of U.S. soldiers in Afghanistan's Korengal Valley. He also worked in Afghanistan two years ago with CNN's Anderson Cooper and Dr. Sanjay Gupta.
Gen. Stanley McChrystal lost his job when Rolling Stone magazine ran an article in which some of his aides made disparaging remarks about the vice president and others. But a newly released investigation by the Department of Defense inspector general finds neither McChrystal nor any of his aides did anything wrong.
In the article called "The Runaway General" reporter Michael Hastings wrote that one of McChrystal's aides referred to Vice President Joseph Biden as "Bite Me" and another referred to then-national security adviser Gen. James Jones as a "clown." FULL POST
At least seven Iranian engineers have been kidnapped in western Afghanistan, Iranian media reported on Monday, citing officials.
Iran's state-run Press TV said that seven engineers were kidnapped, while the semi-official Fars News Agency said that 12 Iranian engineers were taken, in addition to five Afghan nationals. FULL POST
The best-selling author of "Three Cups of Tea" and another book that cast light on the need to educate girls in Pakistan and Afghanistan may face a legal battle and a review from the book's publisher amid allegations that key stories in the books are false.
Separate attacks killed nine members of Afghan security forces on Monday, including two national army staff members who were shot to death at the Afghan Defense Ministry compound in Kabul, authorities said.
That attack happened before a scheduled meeting between French Defense Minister Gerard Longuet and Afghan military officials. The meeting has since been canceled. Longuet was not inside the building when the attack took place, according to a French Defense Ministry spokesman. FULL POST
Clay Hunt served in both Afghanistan and Iraq, where he was wounded, shot through the left wrist on patrol near the wasp nest of battles, Falluja. Two weeks ago Hunt killed himself in his Sugar Land, Texas, apartment.
Marine Corps brothers, Texas friends and family, and schoolmates believe Hunt's suicide is a wake-up call for America. All ask why?
CNN's Paul Vercammen explores the story of Clay Hunt, who is described by one mourner as "an American badass with a heart of gold."
An attack on police headquarters Friday killed the police chief for the southern Afghan province of Kandahar and two others, the Interior Ministry said.
The police chief, Khan Mohammad Mujahed, and the two others were killed, but authorities knew little beyond that, the ministry said. Kandahar is the birthplace of the Taliban and has been the scene of fierce fighting between international forces and insurgents.
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid expressed doubt in the U.S. military operation in Afghanistan Thursday, saying, "I'm not confident it's going to work."
In an interview that aired Thursday on CNN's "The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer," the five-term Nevada senator said, "The president has indicated as commander-in-chief he is going to start drawing down the forces this summer."
Reid also noted the $100 billion the country is spending, calling it a "huge amount of money" that the nation "cannot continue to keep dumping" into the Afghanistan war. FULL POST