Afghanistan has probably changed more than any other country since the Sept. 11 attacks, and yet most young people have little knowledge of what happened that day, or how it led to the arrival of U.S. troops.
Journalist Alissa J. Rubin has spent most of the past 10 years reporting on the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. On Thursday's Fresh Air, Rubin talks about the growing corruption and violence in Afghanistan, from which 33,000 U.S. troops are expected to withdraw by the summer of 2012.
The Afghan city of Jalalabad is where top al-Qaida leaders were last seen as they fled Kabul after the attacks against the U.S. on Sept. 11. The city then went on to become a hot bed of insurgent activity. A decade after Sept. 11, the city is trying to stay at peace.
For U.S. troops in eastern Afghanistan, the mountain view from Observation Post Mustang comes with a cost. The area is used by insurgent fighters as an infiltration and smuggling route from Pakistan. The post provides a position to keep watch on other U.S. bases in the valley below.
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