The leader of the U.S. military traveled to Kandahar, Afghanistan, and talked to local leaders on Tuesday.
Admiral Mike Mullen, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, met with tribal leaders and elders as well as Afghan officials. They met in the governor's palace, once used by Mullah Omar, leader of the Taliban.
This kind of meeting is called a shura. It's the traditional way for Afghan communities to make decisions.
The leaders talked about corruption (dishonesty in officials), but could not agree how to stop it. They all wanted security, but could not agree who should be in charge of it. These decisions will take time.
Mullen also talked to U.S. troops -- especially some soldiers whose time in Afghanistan was made ten days longer. He told them, "We worked like crazy to see if we could avoid that extension." But, he told them, it was not possible.
A man who owned a video and CD store, and his son-in-law who worked for him, have pleaded guilty to infringing copyright (using works they had no right to).
Osborne Lowe owned the Movies and CDs store in Dallas, Texas. His daughter's husband, Robert Campbell, worked there. Customers often asked Campbell to copy the store's movies onto DVDs. They paid $5 for each copy. This, of course, was illegal. When movies are copied and sold this way, the makers get no money for their work.
Campbell and Lowe admitted that they pirated 151 movies in this way.
About 40,000 Pakistani soldiers are now in North Waziristan, near their country's border with Afghanistan, to fight rebels. They are making many small attacks instead of a large one.
A U.S. military official says the Pakistanis have made "impressive" gains.
Last year, the Pakistani Army drove rebels out of South Waziristan. Its Chief of Staff says this was the first time any military force had occupied the area.
Pakistan has become more concerned with fighting the rebels recently. The U.S. official thinks this is because rebels began moving into areas they had not held before. Also, there were bombings in several cities.
"It became their war, not our war, as it may have been portrayed," he said.
About 200 U.S. troops are helping the Pakistanis with training and security.
President Obama made a surprise visit to Afghanistan on Sunday. He met with President Hamid Karzai and spoke to U.S. troops.
Obama landed at Bagram Airfield after dark. He flew to Kabul and spent half an hour with Karzai. Obama says he is happy with military victories in Afghanistan. However, he wants the government to work harder on being honest. Government officials in Afghanistan are often accused of taking bribes and favoring their friends and family. Obama has asked Karzai to meet with him again in May, in Washington.
At Bagram, the President told U.S. troops, "One of the main reasons I'm here is just to say thank you."
Three Colombian women have pleaded guilty to supporting a terrorist group, the Fuerzas Armadas Revolucionarias de Colombia (FARC). The group held three Americans hostage from 2003 till 2006. (They were freed by Colombian soldiers.)
Nancy Conde Rubio was in charge of getting and transporting supplies and equipment for FARC. The group traded drugs to help with this. The other women, Ana Isabel Pena Arevalo and Luz Mery Gutierrez, worked as radio operators. FARC used radios and satellite phones to communicate between the jungles of Colombia and the cities. There was no landline or cell phone service in the jungles.
The three were taken to the U.S. and charged there.