In the early hours of Friday morning (2 a.m. GMT) Taliban militants attacked the US Consulate in Herat, western Afghanistan, using a suicide car bomb to breach the consulate's perimeter before the attackers opened fire.
The accused Fort Hood shooter has issued an apology — not to the families of the 13 US troops he killed at the Texas army base in 2009 or to the 32 others he wounded in the attack, but rather to Muslim victims of US aggression.
US General Joseph Dunford says that he remains "undecided" about the size of the US forces to be left in Afghanistan after 2014. Apparently Dunford wants to see how Afghan troops operate during the summer fighting season before making his decision.
NATO has conceded that as many as eight innocent Afghan civilians were killed in an airstrike early on Sunday. The US-led military alliance initially claimed that 45 Islamic militants and no civilians had been killed in the operation.