The Afghan election is just a month away and security is a major campaign issue. Civilian casualties are at an all-time high. Kamel Hamade was a businessman who went to great lengths to make his restaurant an oasis in otherwise violent Kabul, and he died for his efforts.
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.
Soosan Firooz is a female rapper in Afghanistan whose life has been threatened by extremists. Despite these threats she has the support of her family and says she will keep on singing. Anchor Aaron Schachter tells us more.
On Saturday Afghans will vote in the third election since the Taliban's fall. And, it will be the first presidential race there without Hamid Karzai on the ballot. With 11 candidates running, the race appears wide open.
Even before the Petraeus scandal widened, General John Allen's time as top US and NATO commander in Afghanistan was winding down. Last month, President Obama nominated General Joseph Dunford to replace Allen.