Despite the presence of thousands of Western-trained security forces and a nationwide military strategy aimed at securing major urban centers, the insurgents still manage to carry out attacks on Kabul. So far this year, the number of attacks in Afghanistan's capital is double that of 2013.
Blocks of low-rise buildings with hollow facades, shattered concrete, streets strewn with rubble and overturned, crumpled remains of cars and trucks. Such is the landscape in Kobani, where the sounds of rifle and mortar fire resonate all day long in fighting between Islamic State extremists and the Syrian town's Kurdish defenders.
The cleanup of hazardous materials and metal shards continues at the state-owned Kodiak Launch Facility three months after military testers detonated a rocket carrying an experimental weapon. And the work might not be completed this year.