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.
Afghan president Hamid Karzai has threatened to send troops into neighboring Pakistan because militants from Pakistan have been making cross-border raids; Anchor Lisa Mullins gets more from The World's Quil Lawrence who's in Kabul.
NATO and Afghan government forces battled the Taliban in southern Afghanistan this week, and Anchor Marco Werman speaks with The World's Quil Lawrence about how many Afghans are surprised and dismayed by the Taliban's continued strength.
The new American commander of NATO forces says the Taliban aren't all that "resurgent,ï¿½ and The World's Quil Lawrence gets an assessment of the fight against the Afghan group from General David McKiernan.
Last month's escape of more than 500 Taliban and al-Qaeda prisoners from a Kandahar jail embarrassed Afghan authorities. Alex Strick van Linschoten, a Taliban expert at Kings College in London, translated their account and speaks to anchor Marco Werman.