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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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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For Afghans In Camps, A Harsh Life With No End In Sight
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Moazzam Begg in front of the U.S. Embassy in London in 2006. Alastair Grant /AP hide caption

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On 'Morning Edition' in 2006: Part I of an interview with Moazzam Begg
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Afghan National Army soldiers stand guard at the main gate of the Parwan Detention Facility Center on the outskirts of Bagram. Afghan authorities released 65 prisoners from there Thursday. Massoud Hossaini/AP hide caption

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Afghan presidential candidates Qayum Karzai (from left), Ashraf Ghani and Abdullah Abdullah take part in a televised debate in Kabul on Saturday. With President Hamid Karzai stepping down, the presidential election set for April 5 will mark the first time the country has changed leaders at the ballot box. Wakil Kohsar/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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