Meanwhile, in Afghanistan, the war goes on and does not necessarily go well. As the AP reports:
The Taliban struck a government compound in eastern Afghanistan on Thursday in a dawn attack that included two suicide truck bombings and left at least 12 people dead, including 10 policemen asleep in their quarters nearby.
The assault followed a stark message from the Taliban to world leaders gathered at a NATO summit in Wales, which will also discuss the drawdown of the alliance's mission in Afghanistan. The exit of all foreign combat troops at the end of the year is proof that "no nation is able to subdue a free nation, especially a nation proud and free such as Afghanistan," the Taliban note said.
And, there is this, from John Simpson of the BBC:
Fighters from a militant Islamic group in Afghanistan, allied to the Taliban, have told the BBC they are considering joining forces with Islamic State (IS). Their commander also said they would still fight the Afghan government, even after Nato forces left in 2014. Commander Mirwais said that if IS, which he called by its Arabic acronym Daish, proved a true Islamic caliphate, they would link up with it.
And there is this passage that jumps out at the reader.
There was no suggestion ... that once the Western troops have withdrawn, the Taliban and their allies would come to an agreement with the government in Kabul. Nothing short of an Islamic state run along Sharia lines will satisfy them, it seems.