Hugh in Afghanistan
Foreign ministers from the USA, the UK and more than thirty other countries are gathering in Kabul for the international conference there tomorrow. Hugh Sykes will report for us tonight and sends these words and images:
"Incomplete ring of steel. A suicide bomber got through it on Sunday, and killed three people in a market near the US embassy. Or perhaps he was already inside the ring. When security was tightened in Baghdad, insurgents started assembling their bombs inside the cordon of checkpoints.
The Taleban caused chaos at the last big conference - they launched rockets at a peace 'jirga' last month. None of the delegates were harmed, but there was an embarrassing gun battle - and the interior minister and the head of the intelligence service resigned. Following each attack here, parts of Kabul grow to look more and more like Baghdad:
But there is optimism here too:
Hiol Ahmad Rahimi (left) sells carpets and Afghan coats. He drives around the country buying stock, and has had no trouble so far. He says he's had no reason to go south to Kandahar, but that he would go there if he had to.
Ghulam Mustafa is also confident about the future. He's renovating his shop, where he sells rifles for hunting.
Cinema Park, central Kabul. It was closed down by the Taleban, but they didn't destroy it.
The manager, Halilullah. He started working at Cinema Park 32 years ago. He lived in Pakistan while the Taleban were in power here. The Taleban destroyed the old equipment. These are new, carbon-arc projectors made in India. Hallilullah does not believe the Taleban will come back to power.
Projectionist Wahidullah, rewinding a spool for return to the distributor.
A haven of calm in busy, dusty Kabul - Bagh-e-Babur. And children in the garden:
And this is Boumi, a cooperative where women (and men) make handicrafts:
Latifa, who says US and UK forces must stay in Afghanistan. If they leave, she told me, "the Taleban will come back and I will have to stay at home". The other women at Boumi did not want me to photograph their faces:
Boumi means 'indigenous' in Farsi. Their goal is to make products with raw materials produced in Afghanistan.
On iPM this Saturday on Radio 4 at 17.30, we'll announce the winner of our competition to win Hugh (entries are now closed). And on last Saturday's programme Hugh talked to me about how he works. You can hear that below: