A look at Afghanistan news from the local U.S. level, from CNN's affiliate network:
Army doc gives to Afghan kids
An unusual peace process will play out soon in Afghanistan. There will be no shiny limos, or summits for talking heads. The diplomacy will turn on an everyday item: a child's knit cap, stuffed in a U.S. soldier's rucksack and given to a ragged Afghan youngster for battling the biting cold. Read more at Philly.com
Peace groups urge end to war
Protesters marched outside U.S. Senator John Cornyn, R-Texas, in protest against sending more soldiers into war-torn Afgahnistan. Watch and read more from KXAN
Vet: I don’t think it is Vietnam
Don Landin like many Americans has questions over the war in Afghanistan. And as someone who served in Vietnam, he wants answers. Landin believes the Afghanistan War won't become Vietnam if government supports the military and the American public understands why. Watch and read more from KBCI
Staff Sgt. Gary Hartman will leave for Afghanistan in December - on his seventh tour of duty. He said he'll certainly miss his family during the upcoming holiday season, but focusing at the task at hand is key. "Obviously it stinks a little bit, that you know it's the holiday time, you're gonna be away from family, but I enjoy serving and if I didn't enjoy serving, I wouldn't be doing what I'm doing."