An Afghan official claims 64 civilians have been killed in NATO-led operations in the northeast of Afghanistan over the past few days. NATO denies the accusations, but has conceded to further investigate, with local ministries and the ISAF.
Drug trafficking from Afghanistan is considered to be a major worldwide problem, and the UN is planning to launch a new regional anti-drug program, revealed Yury Fedotov, executive director of the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC).
Up to 80 per cent of international help to Afghanistan is being lost in international and local corruption schemes, insists Pino Arlacchi, Italian Member of the European Parliament and the former UN anti-drug and crime chief.
US politicians are not shy when it comes to offering opinions on foreign affairs, even when it is obvious they have not done their homework. Bloopers may be commonplace on Capitol Hill, but the American people have become the butt of the joke.
NATO commander Gen. David Petraeus predicted an increase in Taliban violence in Afghanistan come spring. Meanwhile Special Forces Commander Adm. Eric Olson said US troops are showing signs of stress as deployments have quadrupled.
As Muscovites go about the grim business of dealing with yet another act of terrorism against innocent civilians, some are blaming the global community for failing to hold up their end of the bargain in the fight.
Afghan President Hamid Karzai is in the Russian capital where he is holding talks with President Dmitry Medvedev over ways of strengthening bilateral relations between the two historically linked nations.