ISAF's deputy commander, LTG Carsten Jacobson, and other German soldiers visited a children's hospital in Kabul and presented a donation that will be used to finance daily operations and improvements to medical care. Read more in "German troops donate Ocktoberfest profits to Kabul children's hospital", ISAF News, December 17, 2014.
The war on terror is estimated to have cost the United States a lot of money. Read more in "Wars' Cost to U.S. Since the Sept. 11 Attacks: $1.6 trillion", Bloomberg News, December 19, 2014.
Pakistan is in close talks with Afghanistan to find ways to fight the Taliban. The government of Pakistan along with its military and intelligence services say they are in the lead in the fight against terror and insurgents. According to General Sher Mohammad Karimi, the Afghan chief of army staff, the Pakistani Army has assured Afghan leaders they want to fight against all terrorists. Read more in "Afghan Army Chief Sees Antiterror Cooperation with Pakistan", Gandhara Blog - Radio Free Europe, December 18, 2014.
Oh, . . . and in more news on that front you can read "Mumbai attacks 'mastermind' Lakhvi bailed in Pakistan", BBC News Asia, December 18, 2014. Read more about the Mumbai terror attacks.
Tolo News reports that there is more fighting in the Dawlat Shah district of Laghman province.
Tolo News is also reporting on the continuing fight in Dangam district in Kunar province. Reportedly, villagers in the district rose up against the Taliban - but the struggle is continuing and the villagers are requesting government assistance. The commander of the 2nd ANA Brigade, 201st Corps - Afzal Khan - states that his brigade has taken control of vital areas and are offering assistance. Read more in "ANSF Must Use all Abilities, Efforts to Defeat Insurgency: Salangi" (December 19, 2014).
A car bomb killed a police officer in Kabul on December 18th. Three other people were injured and the Taliban have claimed credit. (LA Times, Dec 17, 2014).
At a gathering of community leaders in Farah province in western Afghanistan the topic of education and its ties to insurgency was discussed. There, according to participants, seems to be a link between illiteracy and easy recruitment into the Taliban. Read more in "Education Link to Afghan Insurgency", Institute for War & Peace Reporting, December 18, 2014.