Dec 7, 2013 — The U.S. and Afghanistan have been at odds over a security agreement that allows U.S. troops to remain in the country past 2014. Hagel also met with leaders of Gulf nations to assure them the U.S. is not abandoning those ties in favor of a nuclear deal with Iran.
Dec 4, 2013 — In 2000, Auliya Atrafi paid thousands of dollars and risked his life to escape Taliban-controlled Afghanistan. He spent 12 years in England, but recently returned to his homeland, where he is trying to readjust to — and change — life in a conservative society.
Nov 29, 2013 — The strike also killed a militant, the U.S.-led international coalition says. The deaths come as the two countries negotiate a bilateral security pact that would keep up to 10,000 U.S. troops in Afghanistan after the U.S. withdraws its combat forces by the end of next year.
Nov 26, 2013 — The U.S. wants to nail down a security deal that would allow a limited number of troops to remain in Afghanistan beyond 2014. But American officials say the Afghan president keeps making new demands and could put the deal in jeopardy.
Nov 21, 2013 — President Hamid Karzai has called together this "grand assembly" of Afghan elders and community leaders to help decide the future role of the U.S. military in the war-ravaged country.
Nov 21, 2013 — Afghan and U.S. officials have agreed on a draft security pact, but Afghan elders are debating whether to approve it. President Obama has told Afghan President Hamid Karzai that the U.S. would conduct raids on homes only under "extraordinary circumstances."
Nov 20, 2013 — The agreement involves a continuing role for U.S. troops beyond 2014 — to train, equip and assist Afghan forces.
Nov 19, 2013 — The onset of winter in Afghanistan usually means an end to the so-called fighting season. That may not hold this year as the Taliban vow to pursue an aggressive campaign in advance of a presidential election.
Nov 16, 2013 — The explosion happened near the site of an upcoming gathering of Afghan elders. There was no immediate claim of responsibility.
Nov 13, 2013 — The U.N.'s 2013 Afghanistan Opium Survey also said production in 2013 rose 49 percent over 2012 levels. The increased production comes as international troops prepare to withdraw from the country in 2014.