General David Petraeus, the US commander of international forces in Afghanistan, says the current military and development strategy in the country is working. Marco Werman speaks with Michael Codner of the Royal United Services Institute.
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.
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.
Taliban insurgents penetrated an American base in Afghanistan's eastern Kunar province Sunday, killing nine and wounding at least 19 soldiers. The attack underscores concerns that militants are growing in strength in the tribal areas at the Pakistan?Afghanistan border. Guest: Martin Patience, BBC, in Kabul, Afghanistan
The BBC just released results of a poll of residents of Afghanistan. The poll finds that that the majority of Afghans still strongly oppose the return of the Taliban but are increasingly disillusioned and uncertain about the future of their country.
For in depth look at the situation in Afghanistan, The Takeaway is joined by Parag Khanna, a Senior Research Fellow at the New America Foundation and author of The Second World. The BBC's Martin Patience also provides his insight.
Western aid agencies are worried that more troops in Afghanistan will lead to more civilian casualties. Matt Waldman, head of policy at Oxfam International, Afghanistan, joins The Takeaway to explain the concerns.
Journalist David Rohde escaped the Taliban captors who had been holding him hostage since November. This situation was kept secret to protect Rohde, but Bill Keller, executive editor of The New York Times, joins The Takeaway now to tell the story.
The U.S. has launched a major offensive in Afghanistan's Helmand province. For more on this story The Takeaway turns to Sam Gardiner, retired Air Force Colonel, and Paul Tait, specialist editor for Reuters based in Kabul, Afghanistan.