December 13, 2006 When the Taliban were driven from power in 2001, they left behind a broken country and an infamous act of destruction: reducing to rubble two monumental Buddhas that had stood for 1,500 years. Now some people are proposing to rebuild at least one of the giant statues.
November 17, 2006 NPR's Renee Montagne and Jim Wildman spent the month of October reporting from Afghanistan. Local drivers and translators became indispensable in getting the stories about the places they live.
November 17, 2006 Afghanistan's army is a bright spot among the country's emerging institutions. Soldiers are respected, training is going well and the army is seen as less corrupt than other government entities. But it still depends on outside support.
November 16, 2006 As Afghanistan works to build order after decades of war, its future will rest on institutions including the police, the courts and the national army. Afghan courts are beset by a massive backlog and a shortage of qualified judges.
November 15, 2006 U.S. and NATO troops are working to establish a viable Afghan police force. But the police — underpaid and considered corrupt by many Afghans — must rely on the military to keep the country secure against a resurgent Taliban.
October 20, 2006 Five years after the invasion of U.S.-led forces in Afghanistan, the Taliban has been making a comeback in the country's south. But in the north, at least one village has found peace and prosperity.
October 13, 2006 After winning a major battle against a resurgent Taliban in southern Afghanistan, NATO forces are working to keep their gains from slipping away. Building a road to link remote villages is one way they hope to keep locals from siding with the enemy.
October 12, 2006 Five years after a U.S.-led war ousted them, the Taliban have re-emerged as a threat to the new Afghanistan. Who wins will ultimately come down to who wins over the local people in villages like Panjwai.
October 9, 2006 This weekend marked the fifth anniversary of the U.S.-led air strikes in Afghanistan. That war ousted the Taliban's brutal regime. It brought relief to many — and tragedy to a few. Afghans who lived through it recall the bombing campaign.