• Afghanistan's president praised Pakistan for releasing a group of Taliban prisoners, a move he hopes will kick start peace talks with the militant group.

    LAST UPDATE : Dec 13, 2012, 4:30 AM EST
  • In this Friday, Oct. 19, 2012 photo, a member of Afghanistan's elite Civil Order Police squints from the dust as he and others line up before a patrol in Marjah, southern Helmand province, Afghanistan. As the U.S. and NATO close out their mission in Afghanistan preparing for the final withdrawal of combat troops by the end of 2014, the worry looms large that fresh outbursts of ethnically motivated fighting would send the country into a spiral of chaos and violence.

    Members of Afghanistan's elite Civil Order Police have been able to win over southern Afghans in the Taliban heartland, despite fears of ethnic tensions.

    LAST UPDATE : Dec 12, 2012, 6:00 PM EST
  • Violence in Karachi has escalated in recent years as armed groups fight for control of land and resources, and militant groups like the Taliban have used the chaos to consolidate their foothold.

    LAST UPDATE : Dec 12, 2012, 5:30 AM EST