The International Security Assistance Force is engaged in an aggressive media campaign to show Afghans their army and police are capable of providing security, and that the international community will continue to provide economic and military support. But the U.S.-NATO-led mission is doing more than "messaging" the Afghan public, it's also trying to reach audiences back home.
Drone strikes in Pakistan are in the spotlight after that country's Prime Minister visited the U.S., and a new report detailed hundreds of civilian casualties from American attacks. But how do people in Pakistan view drones? Host Michel Martin speaks to freelance journalists Aisha Sarwari and Madiha Tahir to find out.
Under the Taliban, 1 million Afghan boys and very few girls went to school. Now, 10 million students are enrolled, 40 percent of them female. But on any given day, a much smaller number actually shows up for class. What's more, there are shortages of classrooms, books and qualified teachers.
In this weekend's podcast of All Things Considered, host Arun Rath investigates the controversial practice of engineering the planet's climate with man-made chemicals. Plus, music from Anoushka Shankar and Norah Jones.
Weapons inspectors are still in Syria assessing the country's stockpile and how to destroy it. It's unclear where the weapons would go if they were sent abroad, but there are signs that such a move is under consideration.
Army Capt. William Swenson went well beyond his call of duty during one of the costliest battles of the Afghan War. He is the first Army officer to receive the nation's highest military honor since the Vietnam War.
As a bilateral security agreement between the U.S. and Afghanistan begins an approval process, the Taliban's leader urged Afghans to reject what he calls a "colonial" arrangement. The message came in an email Monday from Mullah Mohammad Omar, who told Afghans to keep fighting.
Talks between U.S. and Afghan officials have yielded a partial security agreement between the two countries. Secretary of State John Kerry and President Hamid Karzai held discussions Friday and Saturday on a deal to keep the U.S. military in the country beyond the 2014 pullout date for most U.S. and NATO troops.
In marathon talks in Kabul, Secretary of State John Kerry persuaded the reluctant Afghan president to agree to a deal on the planned withdrawal of American troops next year. While some questions about the agreement remain unresolved, it marks a diplomatic victory for Kerry. Now it is up to Karzai to sell it to his people.
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