Untamed Afghanistan: Wars, Past And PresentAs the administration this month completes a major review of its war strategy and its attempts to promote good governance in Afghanistan, NPR has prepared a series of reports looking back at the history of the country and U.S. efforts there.
Children and an Afghan policeman look at a U.S. soldier patrolling the outskirts of Kandahar. President Obama's review of U.S. policy in Afghanistan will be unveiled soon. Although the administration is formulating an exit strategy, Afghans and other observers say it would be a mistake for the U.S. to leave the country in its current state.
Soldiers from the Army's 101st Airborne Division walk along high mud walls in a village in Afghanistan's Kandahar province. The Obama administration later this month will release its annual review of the war strategy. Afghanistan's history does not offer encouragement.