It is the least expensive way to get food and fuel to U.S. troops in Afghanistan. But eight months after Pakistan reopened its ground supply routes for the NATO war effort, hardly any new cargo has taken that path into the country.
U.S. officials say three men wearing Afghan army uniforms and driving an Afghan army vehicle forced their way onto a U.S. base in eastern Afghanistan and opened fire, killing one civilian contractor.
The top U.S. military commander in the Middle East told senators for the first time Tuesday that he had envisioned keeping about 20,000 troops in Afghanistan after combat operations end in 2014, far more than the number the Obama administration and NATO are considering.
When Marines surged into southern Afghanistan in 2010, one of their priorities was to secure a dam so the U.S. Agency for International Development could begin reconstruction. Dozens of troops were killed in combat to evict the Taliban. Now USAID has opted not to finish the $266 million project.