Central Asia


Here's how some veterans feel about torture tactics

The CIA's recently-released torture report has sparked a national conversation about the perceived horrors of torture — as well as its potential merits. But how do Americans who have served on the front lines feel about torture tactics? We asked veterans to weigh in.


Afghan success stories aren't quite what they seem

In some scattered areas of Afghanistan, like the district of Gizab, coalition forces were able to claim victories over the Taliban, driving them out with the help of locals. But as international troops leave, those alleged successes are becoming far more fragile.

Global Politics

In dealing with ISIS, Obama could take cues from the Camp David Accords

The nature of war is that it’s impossible to predict its outcome, and the current military campaign against ISIS is no exception. But some conflicts can have peaceful conclusions — like the Camp David Accords that ended the Israel-Egypt conflict. Author Lawrence Wright argues that we can turn to the diplomacy of Jimmy Carter to learn how to deal with ISIS.


The sound of US airstrikes returns to Baghdad

US planes have started bombing ISIS militia positions near Baghdad in the first phase of the expanded campaign announced by President Obama last week. The strikes are to support Iraqi troops fighting the Islamist group and they seem to be working.


Arts, Culture & Media

Geo answer and Global Hit

Today's Geo Quiz has us looking for the capital of the central Asian nation of Tajikistan. The answer is Dushanbe. The city is home to a musical group called the Shams. The World's Mary Kay Magistad tells us the band plays traditional music with a twist.

Violence rising in Afghanistan

The World's Jason Margolis reports on why violence in Afghanistan has risen to its highest levels since the U.S. led invasion of 2001; the conflict claimed some 8,000 lives last year alone.


Bosnia war victim identified

Reporter Matt Sepic reports that a DNA sample from a Bosnian refugee in Missouri helped authorities identify the body of the man's father; he was killed during the war in Bosnia and was buried in a mass grave.

Fighting between Russia and Georgia

The World's Matthew Bell reports on today's fighting between Georgian and Russian military forces in the region of South Ossetia, where U.S. officials are calling for restraint.

Arts, Culture & Media

Geo answer

The answer to today's Geo Quiz is the Pamir Mountains. Tom Godell reports on American efforts to document the fast-vanishing Shughni language. Shughni is spoken in the regions of Tajikistan and Afghanistan crossed by the Pamir Mountains.

Conflict & Justice

Gas poisoning at Afghan girls' school

Anchor Lisa Mullins speaks with the BBC's Martin Patience in Kabul about two developments in Afghanistan. One is a possible chemical attack on a girls' school. The other is yesterday's unexpected dismissal of the US commander in Afghanistan.