Atta Mohammad Noor, governor of Afghanistan's northern Balkh province, meets with businessmen, tribal elders and other officials in Mazar-e-Sharif, the provincial capital. No business in Balkh is conducted without the popular former warlord's approval. Soraya Sarhaddi Nelson/NPR hide caption

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Ex-Warlord Helps Afghan Province Make Progress
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Military Deaths In Afghanistan Spike
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8 Americans Dead In Taliban Suicide Bombing
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Akmal Sawi stands in front of his childhood apartment. To sell the property, he had to pay $3,000 in bribes. Tom Bullock/NPR hide caption

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Lack Of Justice Hampers Afghanistan's Stability
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Mirwais Hospital in Kandahar is the only public hospital serving five provinces in southern Afghanistan. The hospital is in the middle of a war zone, but it continues to strive to provide better care with the development help of the International Committee of the Red Cross. Holly Pickett for NPR hide caption

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Rebuilding Afghanistan: Locals Want More Say
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A massive effort is under way to train thousands of new troops in Afghanistan. Emilio Morenatti/AP hide caption

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For U.S., Vast Challenge To Expand Afghan Forces
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Former Warlord On List Of Karzai Picks For Cabinet
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McChrystal: U.S. Forces To Partner With Afghans
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McChrystal Pitches U.S. Strategy In Afghanistan
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Afghan President Hamid Karzai speaks during a Tuesday news conference at the Presidential Palace in Kabul. Majid Saeedi/Getty Images hide caption

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With Election Dispute Over, The Pressure Is On Karzai
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Karzai Declared Afghan Election Winner
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Afghan Runoff Canceled, Karzai Declared Winner
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Challenger Pulls Out Of 2-Man Runoff In Afghanistan
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Taliban Targets U.N. Workers In Deadly Attack
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Ahead Of Afghan Runoff, Taliban Strikes
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