Afghan police and U.S. Army soldiers jointly patrol the outskirts of Kandahar city as a boy pushes another boy in a wheelbarrow. The U.S. effort in Kandahar province faces a key challenge: Security is needed to enable local government to flourish, but without a local government in place, security is difficult to establish.
Harlem Children's Zone CEO and founder Geoffrey Canada (center) has become a media darling, with books and documentaries extolling his charismatic leadership and his prodigious fundraising abilities. Now, grants from the Obama administration aim to replicate the program across the country.
Restrepo directors Sebastian Junger (left) and Tim Hetherington pose for a photo in Restrepo, an outpost in Afghanistan's Korengal Valley. Their film was awarded the Grand Jury Prize for best documentary at this year's Sundance Film Festival.
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A Sons of Iraq volunteer stands guard at a checkpoint in the Azamiyah neighborhood in northern Baghdad in September 2008. The U.S.-backed paramilitary force is credited with helping to defeat al-Qaida in Iraq. Now, its fate hangs in limbo as the U.S. withdraws its troops.