Defense Secretary Leon Panetta travels to Brussels this week to meet with NATO ministers. The U.S. is desperate to get NATO countries to pony up more money for Afghanistan, to keep the security effort from collapsing once NATO pulls out and Afghan forces take over.
The Taliban's so-called "spring offensive" started off with a bang with weekend attacks in Kabul and other cities. The capital is reportedly quiet now but the situation elsewhere is unclear. The casualty toll appears to be relatively low but the scope of the attack demonstrates the insurgents' capacity to strike almost anywhere. Audie Cornish talks to NPR's Quil Lawrence.
The Taliban has claimed responsibility for Sunday's multiple attacks in the Afghan capital Kabul. U.S. officials are praising Afghan forces, but questions remain about how the insurgents were able to infiltrate the most secure parts of the capital.
The bulk of the U.S. military force in Afghanistan is slated to leave the country by 2014. But the Pentagon is willing to keep some Americans there to train Afghan forces, according to a report by NPR's Tom Bowman.
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