Senator Bob Corker announced Monday that he was putting a hold on the aid until the until the Obama administration explains the rationale behind these bags of cash being delivered to President Hamid Karzai.
Tim Hsia and Jared Sperli write that the next few decades will be dominated by advancements in software and hardware (cyber and robotics, including drones) just as the last decade was dominated by counterinsurgency.
At least five heavily armed insurgents were engaged in an hours-long gunbattle with security forces near Afghanistan's main airport Monday after they apparently tried to attack NATO's airport headquarters with rocket-propelled grenades, assault rifles and at least one large bomb, the army and police said.
In one attack, an Afghan soldier opened fire on international troops serving with him in eastern Afghanistan, officials said, killing two American soldiers and a civilian. In the second attack, an Italian soldier was killed when a grenade was thrown at him.
Staff Sgt. Robert Bales, the figure at the center of the worst American war crime in recent memory, admitted for the first time deliberately killing 16 Afghan civilians, most of them women and children.