Anchor Marco Werman speaks to the BBC's Alistair Leithead about the threat posed by the Taliban in parts of Afghanistan, where Taliban forces have regrouped in sufficient numbers to pose an increasing threat to NATO-led forces in the country.
The US military in Afghanistan is to be allowed to pay Taliban fighters who renounce violence. The Senate Armed Services Committee chairman, Senator Carl Levin, sees pay for former Taliban fighters to protect their communities. Katy Clark talks with him.
Violence has spiked in Afghanistan ahead of presidential elections, but mostly in and around the capital, Kabul. Many of the provinces are relatively quiet, but one Afghan-American woman who was recently in Kandahar suggests this is because the insurgents have achieved their goals there already.
June has been the deadliest month for foreign troops in Afghanistan since the U.S. invasion in 2001, and civilian fatalities are also running high with Taliban forces operating on both sides of the Pakistani border