A boy on his bike, with a U.S. Stryker following behind, in the Panjwai district center in southern Afghanistan. For years, this area was one of the most dangerous places in Afghanistan. But it is now considered safe as Afghans prepare to vote in a presidential election Saturday. David Gilkey/NPR hide caption

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In A Former Afghan Hot Spot, The Taliban Are Subdued For Now

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Taliban Warn Afghan Voters Not To Go To The Polls Saturday

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With No Karzai On Ballot, Afghans Study Presidential Candidates

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Devastating Attack Still Leaves Afghan Journalist's Hope Alive

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Army Capt. Drew Pham says his wife, Molly Pearl, helps him push through the difficulties of transitioning back to civilian life after deployment in Afghanistan. StoryCorps hide caption

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Never Truly Over: Discussing Deployment A Challenge Of Its Own

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Afghanistan Getting New Leader, But Don't Expect Karzai To Disappear

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With Elections Days Away, Suicide Bombs Sow Fear In Kabul

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Afghan Special Forces converge on an Independent Election Commission office after the Taliban launched an assault on the compound Tuesday in Kabul. Two suicide bombers detonated their vests outside the offices while gunmen stormed the building. David Gilkey/NPR hide caption

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As Afghan Tajiks Lay Leader To Rest, Eyes Turn To Political Future

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Hina Shamsi, director of the ACLU's National Security Project, argues against the motion, "The president has constitutional power to target and kill U.S. citizens abroad." Samuel LaHoz/Intelligence Squared U.S. hide caption

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Debate: Should The President Be Able To Order Citizens Killed Abroad?

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Andy Soule, a U.S. Army veteran, lost both his legs to a bomb in Afghanistan in 2005. Four years ago, he won America's first medal — Olympic or Paralympic — in the biathlon event. David Gilkey/NPR hide caption

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Military Training Gives U.S. Paralympic Biathletes An Edge

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Former Marine Josh Sweeney lost both of his legs to a bomb in Afghanistan in 2009. He's competing with the U.S. Men's Sled Hockey team at the Paralympics in Sochi. David Gilkey/NPR hide caption

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From War In The Desert To 'Murder Ball On Ice'

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