February 26th, 2010
11:47 AM ET

Behind the scenes: A CNN reporter's wake-up call in Kabul

There's nothing more unpleasant than being awoken by a bomb.  At 6:35 a.m. on Friday morning, I jerked upright as a huge blast rattled the windows in my bedroom and sent chunks of plaster clattering to the floor.  As I looked around in sleepy confusion, not-too-distant gunfire echoed in the street outside.


February 26th, 2010
07:53 AM ET

Taliban claims responsibility for deadly Kabul attacks

The Taliban claimed responsibility for attacks in Kabul, Afghanistan near the Safi Landmark Hotel in the neighborhood of Shahr-E-Naw, where there are a number of government buildings and U.N. offices as well as supermarkets, banks, diplomatic facilities and villas for well-to-do Afghans.   At least 17 people were killed.  Full story

February 22nd, 2010
01:25 PM ET

Afghanistan's curse: Opium

With a loud "whoosh" and a blast of hot air, the pile of tires, wood and 2.5 tons of raw opium burst into flames. 

It's a government-sponsored "drug burn" in the western Afghan city of Herat, an event intended to reinforce the government’s claim that it is moving aggressively against the opium trade.