Fierce fighting continues in Afghanistan in the final week leading up to the presidential election. Jeffrey Brown speaks with NPR’s Renee Montagne.
In other news, four U.S. Marines died in a roadside bombing in Afghanistan, and the Obama administration is considering a new plan to remove billions of dollars worth of troubled loans from the books of mortgage giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. Continue reading
Margaret Warner updates the U.S. war efforts in Iraq and Afghanistan then speaks with a Washington Post reporter about the latest military strategy. Continue reading
U.S. Marines pushed further into the Helmand province in southern Afghanistan this week, as word came of a truck bombing in a village south of Kabul that killed at least two dozen people. A Washington Post reporter gives an update on the military efforts and the bombing. Continue reading
New York Times reporter David Rohde and an Afghan journalist escaped a Taliban compound after being held since November, surprising many who had not been aware of the kidnapping. Times executive editor Bill Keller and Kelly McBride of the Poynter Institute discuss the story. Continue reading
Nearly eight years after the ouster of the Taliban in Afghanistan, military operations and political shifts have changed the daily lives of the Afghan people in unexpected ways. Margaret Warner reports on day-to-day life, the drug trade and corruption in the country. Continue reading
Taliban insurgents with assault rifles and suicide vests stormed two government buildings and killed at least 19 people Wednesday, Afghan officials said, in one of the most audacious attacks on the capital by the Islamist group since its 2001 ouster. Continue reading
U.S. and Afghan leaders are preparing to arm local militia groups to help curb rising Taliban violence in Afghanistan. The strategy comes from similar successful efforts in Iraq. Dexter Filkins of the New York Times reports on the development. Continue reading