In this photo provided by Mouaz Moustafa and the Syrian Emergency Task Force, Sen. John McCain, accompanied by Moustafa (right) visits rebels in Syria on Monday. McCain, who slipped into the country for a surprise visit, favors providing arms to rebel forces in Syria. Mouaz Moustafa/AP hide caption

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The gray line in the upper left comes from an aerial view of Afghanistan's crucial Highway 1, the main route between Kabul and Kandahar, the two biggest cities. U.S. forces are still working to secure the route which runs through lush farm valleys and the high desert terrain. David Gilkey/NPR hide caption

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As The Clock Ticks, U.S. Forces Scale Back Afghan Goals
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Waliur Rehman, who was reportedly killed Wednesday in Pakistan. U.S. State Dept. hide caption

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Taliban's Fighting Season A Major Test Of Afghan Forces
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A Grim Task: Military-Death Notification
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U.S. Army Sgt. Michael Johnson trains at Bagram Air Field for the Memorial Day Murphy, a CrossFit workout honoring a Navy SEAL killed in Afghanistan in 2005. David Gilkey/NPR hide caption

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Service Members Observe Memorial Day Through Sweat And Tears
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Food Entrepreneur Is A New Breed Of Afghan Business Owner
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A wounded Afghan police officer is helped from the scene of Friday's explosion and gunfire in Kabul. Omar Sobhani /Reuters /Landov hide caption

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NPR's Sean Carberry, reporting from Kabul
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A technician shapes a cast mold for a prosthetic limb at the Red Cross orthopedic clinic in Kabul. The clinic produces about 2,000 prosthetic limbs each year. Sean Carberry/NPR hide caption

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Afghans With Disabilities Fight For The Right To Rights
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An Afghan worker helps excavate part of the mountaintop copper works above the ancient city at Mes Aynak in February. Afghanistan is believed to be sitting on massive mineral and metal deposits. But many obstacles have prevented large-scale mining from getting underway. Matthew C. Rains/MCT/Landov hide caption

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Afghan Mineral Treasures Stay Buried, Hostages To Uncertainty
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Select Young Afghans Chosen As Commandos In Training
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The scene Thursday in Kabul, Afghanistan, after a suicide bomber attacked a NATO convoy. Zhao Yishen /Xinhua /Landov hide caption

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Afghan and U.S. officials attend the closing ceremony for the Paktia provincial reconstruction team on April 9 in eastern Afghanistan. NATO created more than 20 teams to help the Afghans rebuild. But now the U.S. teams are winding down their activities. Sean Carberry/NPR hide caption

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U.S. Hands Over Nation-Building Projects To Afghans
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