Gulbuddin Hekmatyar (shown here in Iran in 2001), leader of the militant Hizb-i-Islami group, has recently made peace overtures to Afghan President Hamid Karzai. But observers are unsure about his motives. Atta Kenare/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Afghan Militant Leader's Motives Under Scrutiny

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Afghanistan's President: Partner Or Obstacle?

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Afghan Detainees Make An Uneasy Journey Home

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Karzai Holds Talks With Rebel Group

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An illegal crop of poppies stands out from a newly harvested crop of wheat in Afghanistan. The opium trade is a key source of income for the Taliban. Julie Jacobson/AP hide caption

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Commandos Crack Down On Afghan Drug Trade

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Ahmadeinejad Denounces U.S. In Afghanistan

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An Afghan security officer tries to stop photographers from taking pictures outside The Park Residence guesthouse at the site of a gun battle in the Shar-e Naw district in Kabul on Feb. 26. Behrouz Mehri/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Afghan Officials Balk At Live TV Coverage Of Attacks

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Experiencing Life, Death With Marines In Marjah

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Sally, a bomb-sniffing dog, assists Marines in the search for IEDs during their offensive in Marjah, a Taliban-infested area of southern Afghanistan. Soraya Sarhaddi Nelson/NPR hide caption

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Taliban Flees Marjah, Threat Remains For Marines

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Taliban Attack Kills At Least 17 In Kabul

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Suicide Attacks Strike Afghan Capital

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Haji Zahir, the new governor of Marjah in Helmand province, listens to residents' grievances Monday. It was the first time an Afghan government official visited the former Taliban stronghold in two years. Soraya Sarhaddi Nelson/NPR hide caption

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Afghan Government Enters Marjah To Cool Reception

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The Afghan head of the Third Brigade 205th corps, Gen. Mohiudin Ghori, tells Marja villagers that it is time to back the government, not the Taliban. Soraya Nelson/NPR hide caption

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Taliban Resistance Strong In Southern Afghanistan

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U.S. Marine and Afghan army commanders confer after their men begin taking fire while on patrol earlier this week. Soraya Sarhaddi Nelson/NPR hide caption

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A Burst Of Gunfire, And A Marine Lost In Marjah

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Marines Continue Afghan Offensive

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