Untamed Afghanistan: Wars, Past And Present As 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.

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Ambassador Karl Eikenberry

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Ambassador Karl Eikenberry

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Chaos After Soviet Withdrawal Gave Rise To Taliban

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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. David Gilkey/NPR hide caption

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For Invaders, A Well-Worn Path Out Of Afghanistan

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