Afghan President Hamid Karzai has acknowledged that his office has received cash from Iran, but insists it was part of a transparent process. Lisa Mullins gets the latest from the BBC's Quentin Summerville and a reality check from Pamela Constable.
A recent article in Harper's highlights the huge distortions in the economy of Afghanistan. Scenes of crass conspicuous consumption, alongside highly inflated prices for land and goods and services are unsustainable, the article argues.
Senior Obama Administration officials have indicated that 2014 is the key date for handing over responsibility to Afghan security forces. Ben Gilbert reports that the march toward those goals has really just begun and there's a long way to go.