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An Afghan construction company works on a road in Helmand Province.

In the past eight years, the United States has allocated $51 billion to rebuild and stabilize Afghanistan. But tracking that money sometimes seems as challenging as finding the leaders of the Taliban. Read more»

The center of Kabul was rocked by bomb blasts and gunfire Friday, leaving at least 17 people dead and more than 30 injured. It took security forces a little over two hours to clear the area of combatants, but it will take much more time to sift through the conflicting theories of motives and perpetrators, despite early Taliban claims of responsibility. Read more»

A Marine sprints down a line of heavy machine guns to deliver a map after a firefight with Taliban insurgents Feb. 9 at the 'Fire Points' intersection, a key junction of roads linking the northern area of the insurgent stronghold of Marjah with the rest of Helmand province.

Operation Moshtarak, or the Battle of Marjah, has been billed as the decisive operation of the Afghan war — think Stalingrad or the Battle of the Bulge. But after three days of listless fighting, the few dusty square meters in the middle of Helmand may not live up to the hype. Read more»

The much-vaunted London Conference on Afghanistan ended less with a bang than a whimper, albeit a very diplomatically worded one. It was supposed to chart a new course for Afghanistan’s relations with the world and set up a framework for peace negotiations. Read more»

Col. Brian Copes explains dams to Afghan villagers.

The question of Taliban funding is currently roiling the highest levels of the U.S. government. As GlobalPost reported last year, USAID has launched a probe into what is believed to be a protection racket by the Taliban. Huge USAID contracts often involve Afghan subcontractors who end up paying the Taliban a form of extortion. Read more»

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