1 December 2005 --The United States today agreed to grants that could amount to $5 billion for development in Afghanistan.
The announcement that two junior U.S. officers who ordered the cremation of two Taliban bodies would be reprimanded, but not face criminal prosecution, has been criticized by the Afghan Foreign Ministry as "very lenient."
There are harbingers of more trouble ahead for antidrug efforts in Afghanistan and the region, despite the good news.
President Karzai recently repeated calls for the armed opposition to join a national-reconciliation program that he has championed, on and off, since early 2003.
23 November 2005 (NCA) -- NATO said today that the Uzbek government has told the alliance it can no longer use Uzbekistan's territory or airspace for operations in neighboring Afghanistan.
Afghanistan should terminate its expensive and largely unsuccessful opium eradication program. Instead, one think tank suggests, it should license and control the production of opium for medicinal use.
22 November 2005 -- British Prime Minister Tony Blair says Al-Qaeda is trying to revive extremism in Afghanistan.
20 November 2005 -- Suspected neo-Taliban rebels kidnapped an Indian and three Afghans working on a road-construction project in Afghanistan's volatile south.
With completed vote results for the Afghan National Assembly's lower house, the country came one step closer to its first parliament since 1965.
With the National Assembly nearly ready to convene, attention turns to aspirants for the lower house's potentially powerful chairman's post.
17 November 2005 -- The U.S. military announced today it will prosecute two of its soldiers for allegedly beating two detainees at a military base in Afghanistan.
16 November 2005 -- Police in Afghanistan say a suicide car bomber today rammed a vehicle filled with explosives into a U.S.-Afghan military convoy, killing three Afghan civilians.