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Istalif Potter Hopes Next Afghan President Will Serve The Country

The small village of Istalif is known for its cobalt blue pottery. Years ago, Morning Edition co-host Renee Montagne befriended one family in particular, that of master potter Abdul Wahkeel.
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In Afghan Spring, Violence Rises — But So Do Recruiting Numbers

In Afghanistan, as the winter snows melt, Taliban violence heats up. This year, there will be even fewer foreign troops in Afghanistan to prop up Afghan forces, who suffered record casualties in 2013 as they took the lead for security. While U.S. officials feared that could hamper recruiting efforts for the Afghan Army, Afghan officials say they have a surplus of volunteers.
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An Afghan Village Of Drug Addicts, From Ages 10 to 60

Afghanistan is not just a world leader in producing drugs. It's also a leading consumer. Drug users addicted to heroin, and more recently crystal meth, are everywhere in the western city of Herat.
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Ancient Form Of Poetry Captures Afghan Women's Lives

From drone strikes to the songs of the ancient caravans, the type of poem called landay reflects Afghan life. NPR's Rachel Martin talks to Eliza Griswold, translator of Afghan women's landays.
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Afghan Election Heads Toward Runoff; Women Cast 36 Percent Of Votes

Preliminary results show Afghanistan's former foreign minister Abdullah Abdullah leading the field in a presidential election that saw a relatively high turnout among women voters.
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Chicago Doctor Among Those Killed In Afghan Hospital Attack

Dr. Jerry Umanos worked at the Lawndale Christian Health Center for more than 15 years before he and his wife moved to Afghanistan so that he could train doctors in the war-torn country.
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3 Americans Dead After Shooting At Kabul Hospital

Authorities say an Afghan security guard opened fire. One victim was a doctor from Chicago. The other two were reportedly a father and son. Another U.S. citizen is said to have been hurt.
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Ex-Ranger Recalls The Friendly Fire That Killed Pat Tillman

Steven Elliott was one of the Army Rangers who accidentally fired on former NFL star Pat Tillman in Afghanistan, and he told his story recently on ESPN's Outside the Lines.
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British Marine's New Mission: Save All Of Kabul's Street Animals

Street dogs and cats find treatment and get linked up with foreign adopters at a clinic that's helping lower the rabies threat in Kabul.
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Afghanistan Is Another Dangerous Place For Journalists

It was particularly difficult to report from Afghanistan during the recent presidential election because members of the Taliban were trying to disrupt the voting. They were also targeting Westerners.

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