As the U.S. and allied forces prepare to withdraw from Afghanistan, policymakers are scrambling to leave the nation as stable and secure as possible.
High-level outreach between the U.S. and Afghan governments and the senior Taliban leaders hiding in Pakistan has caused the various factions in the movement to turn against each other.
As expected, issues relating to the war in Afghanistan were front and center during the NATO Chicago Summit, which concluded Monday evening.
Last weekend in Chicago, NATO leaders reached a landmark agreement to put the Western alliance on an "irreversible" path out of the decade-long war in Afghanistan and re-affirmed their commitment to withdraw combat forces by the end of 2014.
U.S. President Barack Obama met with Afghan President Hamid Karzai on Sunday to discuss the role of international forces in Afghanistan over the next two years.
As expected, issues relating to the war in Afghanistan are front and center on the first day of the NATO Chicago Summit.
On Sunday, gunmen assassinated Maulvi Arsala Rahmani, a top negotiator for Afghanistan’s High Peace Council (HPC) in Kabul.