Afghanistan and Pakistan have occupied central roles in American foreign policy for the last decade — and some role long before that. But their influence may well wane if relations between the US and Iran continue to improve.
Afghanistan's election was held without major disruptions and Afghans turned out to vote by the millions for a new president and for provincial councils. But the threat of turmoil caused by the Taliban remains, because neighboring Pakistan continues to allow its bases there and support the insurgents.
Afghanistan is a major supplier of the raw material for heroin but some of the drug is being consumed at home, and now Afghanistan is struggling with a growing addiction problem, as The World's Quil Lawrence reports from Kabul.
Afghanistan's President Hamid Karzai was inaugurated at a ceremony in Kabul today for his second term in office. Anchor Jeb Sharp speaks with Kabul resident Sultana. Sultana says that Afghans see little hope for change.
Training is difficult in Kabul, but Afghanistan's only Paralympian says even if he doesn't get a medal, his presence will help raise awareness about the strength and plight of disabled people in Afghanistan.
Afghans face the possible consequences of the US release of five Taliban prisoners from Guantanamo Bay. The move could strengthen the Taliban in their country, just as US forces are drawing down. Which has some Afghans wondering, "What was the US government thinking?!"