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U.S. Wages Sisyphean War Against Afghan Corruption

The U.S. has cited corruption as a major issue in Afghanistan for years. Yet as the U.S. military effort has begun to wind down, the Americans have made little progress in combating an endemic problem.

How U.S.-Iran Tensions Are Tied To Afghanistan

To the United States, Iran is a pariah state. To Afghanistan, Iran is a powerful neighbor that could help promote development and stability, and that puts U.S. foreign policy in conflict. On one hand, Washington is looking for every opportunity to contain Tehran. But, if Iran chooses to help achieve the American goal of peace and stability in Afghanistan, the U.S. might have to turn a blind eye.

Afghan Reconstruction Projects May Be 'Counterproductive,' Report Warns

Though officials at the U.S. embassy and military command in Kabul dispute the finding, the inspector general for Afghan reconstruction says behind-schedule projects may leave Afghans disappointed.

Crocker On Afghanistan's 'Extraordinary Achievement'

Renee Montagne speaks with U.S. Ambassador to Afghanistan Ryan Crocker as he prepares to step down from his posting.

Disarming Afghan IEDs: Big Job, Too Few Trained

Improvised explosive devices remain one of the biggest killers in Afghanistan. As NATO forces prepare to withdraw from the country, Afghans are learning the special skills they'll need to find and disarm these deadly weapons. Instructors say there's a long way to go before they have enough professionals trained.

Reporter's Notebook: In Afghanistan, Facts Are Difficult To Pin Down

Officials may say something one day, only to change their stories the next. NPR's Sean Carberry runs through how details about a police officer's defection to the Taliban varied in less than 24 hours.

Taliban's 'Summer Offensive' Heats Up In Afghanistan

When the temperature rises in Afghanistan, so does the insurgency. Every summer the Taliban's tactics, targets and intensity are a little different. This year, IEDs are in season, attacks are up, and Afghan forces are suffering more casualties.