The latest violence in Afghan has raised doubts about the U.S. strategy. Here, Afghan demonstrators shout anti-US slogans as they carry a wounded man during a protest in the Western city of Herat on Feb. 24.
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Two U.S. troops guard the gate at the Bagram air base north of Afghanistan's capital Kabul on Feb. 21. U.S. officials say troops inadvertently burned Qurans at the base, which has touched off violent protests around the country.
The violence against U.S. forces in Afghanistan has called into question the American exit strategy, which is set to play out steadily over the next three years.
It was only a few weeks ago that the second-ranking American military officer in Afghanistan laid out a new phase of that strategy. Small groups of U.S. advisers would team up with larger Afghan units to train them, said Lt. Gen. Curtis Scaparrotti.
The first of these U. S. assistance teams will head into Afghanistan this spring to train Afghan police and soldiers.
A man burns a portrait of Syrian President Bashar Assad during a Sunday demonstration on the outskirts of Idlib in northern Syria.
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Syrian rebels gather in front of a Syrian government military vehicle that was destroyed during clashes in the central city of Homs on Feb. 23. The city has been the scene of the heaviest fighting in recent weeks.
Monday was a rough day for the opposition in Syria. Senior officials in the main opposition group announced that they're forming a new organization. The development was the latest sign of the divisions within the Syrian opposition that's trying to oust the government of President Bashar Assad.
At the same time, Assad's government said that nearly 90 percent of voters endorsed constitutional reforms in a referendum a day earlier, even though the Syrian opposition and international critics called the balloting a farce.