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This is what it takes to pack up the US war in Afghanistan

"For size and complexity, think of something in between D-Day and the moon landing.”

Afghan intelligence struggles to thwart Kabul attacks

KABUL, Afghanistan — Multiple explosions again shattered the morning calm of central Kabul Tuesday morning, in a brazen Taliban attack on the palace of Afghan President Hamid Karzai in the heart of the Afghan capital.

Taliban agree to US peace talks, but are the Afghans in control?

BUZZARDS BAY, Mass. — Afghan and international officials were all smiles on Tuesday for the formal handover of security responsibility to Afghan forces.

Meeting Mansoor: Afghan translators struggle to come to the US

Of the 7,500 visas set aside for Afghans working with US forces, only 12 percent have been used in the last five years.


KABUL, Afghanistan — The first thing you notice when you look at photos of Mansoor, an Afghan translator for the US Marine Corps in the southern provinces of Afghanistan, is that he looks very young. His small, lean frame, his open demeanor, and his boyish features make him look more like a kid brother on a field trip with military officers than like a young man who risks his life every day to help them.

It has been five years since Mansoor first started working for the US military, and now, like nearly everyone in Afghanistan, he is closely monitoring the withdrawal of US troops from his country and worrying about his fate and that of his family.


Afghanistan's Zhari district struggles to keep the peace (PHOTOS)

Almost every summer for the past decade, Zhari's thick-walled earth huts, used to dry the famous local sweet grapes into raisins, have become fortresses for Taliban fighters.

In remote Afghan district, the roots of insurgency are local

FAIZABAD, Afghanistan — More than a year after the Taliban issued a set of demands for leaders of the Warduj district in northeastern Afghanistan, this once-peaceful area is now wracked by violence. 

6 Americans killed in Afghan attacks, including diplomat

An Afghan doctor was also killed in the attack, which left a child and two others injured.

Reflections from Afghanistan: What ending the war looks like

Correspondent Ben Brody has photographed the American military at war both as a soldier and a civilian. He reflects on his recent return to Afghanistan, and what has changed since the war has ended.
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A French soldier shoulders his rucksack for his flight home from Kabul. (Ben Brody/GlobalPost)

KANDAHAR, Afghanistan — When I arrived in Afghanistan in July of 2010, as the troop surge was ramping up, the first flightline I saw was packed with newly arrived soldiers. The mood was alternately hopeful and grim, depending on where you looked.

I spoke with a group of privates fresh out of basic training and eager to prove themselves, as well as some seasoned leaders on their fifth and sixth combat tours. In ten years of service, one sergeant first class said he had seen six years of combat duty. He said he thought that ratio would continue until he retired.


Afghan suicide bombers strike during US official Chuck Hagel's visit

Deadly bomb strikes in Afghanistan during US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel's visit.

Afghanistan government 'could collapse' after 2014, report says

The Afghan police and army are not ready to take over after NATO forces depart, according to the International Crisis Group.
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