While yesterday the Afghan government was heralding its progress in driving the Taliban out of the key town of Marja in the south, today brought a series of deadly attacks in Kabul, the capital.
At least 16 people were killed and several dozen wounded in a four-hour assault that involved two suicide attacks and a car bomb.
The targets were two hotels used by foreigners and at least six Indians were among the dead, along with an Italian diplomat and French filmmaker.
Hoda Abdel-Hamid of Al Jazeera English reports from Kabul during the deadly attacks.
Martin Savidge interviews Rajan Menon, professor of international relations at Lehigh University for more on the attack.