Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice told NATO allies in Afghanistan today that the country needs more military assistance but many European leaders are reluctant to put more of their own troops in harm's way, as The World's Matthew Bell reports.
In Afghanistan, it is hard to paint a picture of what decades of war and unrest have done to the country. The BBC has chosen to try, by traveling Highway 1 - the two-lane road that, in better times, would connect two-thirds of all Afghans.
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.