Feb 11, 2014 — Eleven candidates are trying to replace Hamid Karzai in the April 5 election. Ten are Pashtuns, the dominant ethnic group. Candidates are already holding rallies, debating and wooing the support of tribal leaders. Here's a rundown of the top contenders.
Feb 4, 2014 — President Hamid Karzai has balked at signing a security agreement with the U.S. According to The New York Times, representatives of the Taliban and Karzai have been in contact about a peace deal. It's thought Karzai may not want to sign the deal with the U.S. while he's talking to the Taliban.
Nov 14, 2013 — Opium poppy cultivation has hit a record level, according to a new U.N. report. Western countries have been trying to eradicate the poppies for years. Yet it remains the single largest economic sector in places like the southern province of Helmand.
Oct 31, 2013 — Several Marines were disciplined after a videotape surfaced showing them urinating on dead Taliban members in Afghanistan in 2011. The case seemed to be over, but now there are allegations that the top Marine officer, Gen. James Amos, intervened in an attempt to get a harsher punishment.
Aug 26, 2013 — Relations between Afghanistan and Pakistan have been tense for years. A recent soccer game seemed to ease the friction, at least temporarily.
Apr 29, 2013 — Officials are still trying to determine the reason for the crash north of Kabul, but they say there's no indication of hostile fire. There's no word yet on the nationalities of the dead.
Aug 14, 2012 — The attacks happened in a normally peaceful area of southwestern Afghanistan. Some news outlets are reporting that officials say more than a dozen would-be suicide bombers were involved, but that several were killed or captured.