Afghan National Army
The price of an M-4 assault rifle has fallen by about $900 in a month in Afghanistan, as the Taliban captured American-made weapons from the Afghan National Army.
The latest US audit of reconstruction efforts in Afghanistan show a troubling lack of oversight and cooperation, which is damaging security and jeopardizing the country's economic future.
The new secrecy shrouding Defense Department expenditures was motivated not by too much money being spent, but by too few soldiers remaining in the Afghan army.
An assault that left three hostages dead in an upscale part of Kabul follows a week of increased violence as foreign troops prepare to withdraw from Afghanistan.
Neither US officials nor their Afghan counterparts are really sure whether thousands of small arms can be accounted for.
The snow is melting, the opium poppy harvest is over, and the Taliban are out for their huge annual offensive, killing 21 people on day one.
Springtime starts with a bang in Afghanistan, as it marks the start of the fighting season between the Taliban and Afghan security forces. For the first time in 12 years, the Afghan National Army has to operate without its American allies.