• Afghan president claims recent high-profile attacks show that the Taliban are 'are at the service of America and at the service of this phrase: 2014'.

    Afghan President Hamid Karzai sits among the audience prior to his nationally televised speech about the state of Afghan women in Kabul, Afghanistan, Sunday, March, 10, 2013.
    LAST UPDATE : Mar 10, 2013, 9:59 AM EDT
  • FILE - This Feb. 10, 2013, file photo shows French soldiers securing the evacuation of foreigners during exchanges of fire with jihadists in Gao, northern Mali. Promises of a pullout of France's 4,000 troops in Mali starting next month are looking harder and harder to fulfill. The fighting in rugged mountain terrain is growing tougher and threats of suicide bombings and hostage-takings are getting worse.

    A French soldier has died in some of the most intense fighting thus far in the seven-week-old military campaign to push back a jihadist advance in Mali.

    LAST UPDATE : Mar 03, 2013, 7:37 PM EST
  • Afghan policemen handle confiscated weapons which are displayed during a ceremony in Herat, west of Kabul, Afghanistan, Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2013.

    The size and scope of the latest operations were an indication that the Afghan war is far from over after 11 years of conflict.

    LAST UPDATE : Feb 20, 2013, 10:44 AM EST