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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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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A massive effort is under way to train thousands of new troops in Afghanistan. Emilio Morenatti/AP hide caption

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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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