Last year's U.S. troops surge in southern Afghanistan was aimed at ousting the Taliban from much of its home turf. So what does Kandahar province look like today? NPR's Quil Lawrence spent a week in the region and shares his impressions with host Audie Cornish.
Militants tried to blast their way into an American base on Saturday, striking before dawn with rocket-propelled grenades and a vehicle packed with explosives. The attackers failed to breach the gate of the base in Panjshir province's Rakha district, said a provincial police chief.
The documentary Hell and Back Again was a standout at Sundance, and it hits theaters this week. It follows Marine Sgt. Nathan Harris from Afghanistan back home to North Carolina. Director Danfung Dennis made an unusual choice for this film: no musical score. Instead, he uses sounds gathered on the battlefield and manipulates them to highlight the emotion of the story. Noah Nelson of Turnstyle News reports.
The United States has never seen a moment like this one, the Pew Center says: sustained combat for a decade, and a small fraction of American men and women in uniform. A new Pew study says that's led to some different views on the wars, the value of military service — and even the subject of patriotism.
A year ago, Darryl St. George left his post as a teacher on Long Island to become a Navy corpsman stationed in Afghanistan. Back in the U.S. until his next tour, St. George went back to his school hoping students and former colleagues would understand why he left.
Aman Mojadidi, an Afghan-American performance artist, made a name for himself in Kabul by setting up fake police checkpoints and running a phony campaign for Parliament. But now he says he's leaving Afghanistan, disappointed at the slow pace of progress.
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