Last week, police in Afghanistan detained a young girl they found wearing an explosive-packed suicide vest near a police checkpoint. Now, she has told her story to a BBC correspondent and says she would rather die than return home to the family that forced her to be a suicide bomber.
Monica Campbell reports on Female Engagement Teams, a first-time experiment by the Marines in Afghanistan to let women join all-male patrols at the frontlines. The goal is to have contact with, and win the confidence of Afghan women.
We head now to Afghanistan for the Geo Quiz. We want you to name Afghanistan's southern-most province. Its capital is Lashkar Gah. US and NATO troops are mostly fighting Taliban insurgents but some have other duties, like putting on a radio program.
U.S. and Pakistani intelligence forces have captured a leading Taliban figure, Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar. Meanwhile, U.S., British and Afghan forces have entered their fourth day of battle for control of Marjah, Afghanistan.
United States and NATO forces in Afghanistan say U.S. Marines will launch an assault on a Taliban stronghold in Helmand Province in the coming days. The announcement of the offensive puzzled many military analysts.
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