U.S. soldiers still patrol in Afghanistan, like this one speaking with a young man in the eastern province of Khost in August. However, Afghan forces are taking on increased responsibility as the U.S. draws down and prepares for its troops to leave by the end of 2014. Jose Cabezas/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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U.S. Drawdown Leaves Afghans With Mixed Feelings

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The aftermath of a truck bomb in Kandahar, the main city in southern Afghanistan, which wounded the provincial police chief and killed two civilians Monday. Taliban attacks against Afghan officials are up sharply this year. Mamoon Durani/AP hide caption

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For Afghan Leaders, Facing Death Is A Fact Of Life

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Afghan Attacks Continue Against Coalition Allies

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Afghan soldiers (right) patrol with U.S. troops in the Panjwai district of southern Afghanistan in May. The two armies have been working together for years, but Afghan attacks against U.S. and NATO forces have been rising recently. David Gilkey/NPR hide caption

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Afghan Attacks On Western Partners Rising Sharply

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A sign on undeveloped land welcomes visitors to "New Toshka City." Toshka was to be a new settlement along the Upper Nile Valley, complete with enough jobs and infrastructure to support the relocation of 20 million Egyptians from polluted and over-crowded cities. Holly Pickett/Redux hide caption

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Mubarak's Dream Remains Just That In Egypt's Desert

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Egypt TV: Ex-President Mubarak Is On Life Support

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Both Presidential Candidates Claim Victory In Egypt

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Islamists Claim Victory In Egypt's Presidential Vote

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Egypt Faces Tense Election For New President

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Battle For Power Coming To A Head In Egypt

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Presidential Hopefuls Use Fear Campaigns In Egypt

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Egyptians Unsatisfied With Mubarak Verdict

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Egyptians gather at Tahrir Square in Cairo to call for a new revolution Saturday. A court sentenced ousted President Hosni Mubarak and his interior minister to life in prison, but acquitted six security chiefs in the deaths of protesters last year. Fredrik Persson/AP hide caption

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Many See Politics, Not Justice, In Mubarak Verdict

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After Tallying First Votes, Egypt Plans Runoff Election

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Egyptians Report Few Hang-ups During Voting

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