The Afghan intelligence service has abandoned its investigation into the killing of a group of civilians in Wardak province of Afghanistan after being refused access to the US Special Forces soldiers who are suspected of being involved.
Due to disagreements and distrust between the Obama administration and the Afghan government of president Hamid Karzai, the US may not keep any forces in Afghanistan after the end of 2014 when all forces are scheduled to withdraw.
Al Jazeera reports that the Afghan Taliban are set to open a political office in Qatar a Gulf state. The office will be in Doha and will aim at facilitating peace talks to end the civil strife in Afghanistan.
General John Allen, former chief of the ISAF forces in Afghanistan said that the US is having significant success and that the Taliban are "fighting for their lives" but nevertheless US troops will be required to stay in Afghanistan for a long time yet.
The US Defense Department is forwarding documents to Congress that would let it shift as much as $9.6 billion to cover shortfalls that are claimed to be caused by shortfalls in contingency funds for the Afghan campaign.