KABUL, Afghanistan — An explosives-laden vehicle driven by a suicide bomber detonated before reaching its target Monday, killing five Afghan children and injuring an Afghan police officer, according to a statement by the U.S.-led international military force. FULL POST
CNN's Barbara Starr follows injured soldiers from the war zone in Afghanistan to the U.S. in an exclusive look. Watch Part 1 above and then continue the journey in Part 2: The price the wounded are paying and Part 3: Injured together, coming home together
"Godspeed. How is your pain?"
Capt. Katherine Gardener leans over a wounded soldier to murmur words of comfort.
This quiet 29-year-old Air Force trauma nurse is watching over several young wounded soldiers lying on stretchers in front of her.
But we are not in a hospital. We are on a C-17 cargo aircraft at 40,000 feet in the middle of the night.
A prominent Republican on the Senate Armed Services Committee is praising President Barack Obama's approach to fighting terrorism in Pakistan. However, Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-South Carolina, is also worried that conservatives and liberals could join forces to undermine Obama's efforts in Afghanistan.
Obama has set July 2011 as the target date to begin to draw down the additional troops he's surged into Afghanistan. But, in an interview broadcast Sunday on CNN's "State of the Union," Graham predicted that conditions may not allow the troops to begin to come home by that date. FULL POST