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The Tricky Business Of Reintegrating The Taliban
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A money-changer in the Afghan city of Herat counts a stack of Iranian bills. More and more Iranian currency is being brought in by smugglers to exchange for dollars, which then go back to Iran. Soraya Sarhaddi Nelson/NPR hide caption

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Can't Change Your Money In Iran? Try Afghanistan
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NATO Suspends Operations With Afghan Soldiers
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Deadly Incidents Take A Toll In Afghanistan
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A U.S. soldier shares grapes with Afghan boys in the southern province of Kandahar on Wednesday. Tony Karumba/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Amid Strains, U.S. Begins Wind-Down In Afghanistan
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U.S. Hands Over Control Of Bagram Prison To Kabul
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An Afghan man inspects a motorcycle used in a suicide attack in a parking lot holding dozens of trucks supplying the NATO-run Kandahar Air Base in June. Bombings and assassinations are on the rise in Kandahar. Last month, a suicide bomber struck the convoy of the provincial police chief, Gen. Abdul Raziq, who was severely injured. AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Afghans Seek A Homegrown Plan For Security
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Afghan girls walk home from school in Kunduz province earlier this year. Despite progress in recent years, girls who want an education face threats from the Taliban and other extremists, and sometimes even their own families. Johannes Eisele/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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For Afghan Girl, Going To School Is Act Of Bravery
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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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