Saying goodbye to something you've known for a decade can be a landmine of emotion — even if that thing is a war.
The Picture Show posts about Afghanistan Dispatch
Headlines of war and political crises usually occupy the news out of Afghanistan. But beyond all that, ordinary life goes on.
For U.S. troops in eastern Afghanistan, the mountain view from Observation Post Mustang comes with a cost. The area is used by insurgent fighters as an infiltration and smuggling route from Pakistan. The post provides a position to keep watch on other U.S. bases in the valley below.
Poppy is a key crop in the deadly Sangin District, and in a way, flowers fuel the fight: The Taliban earns hundreds of millions of dollars from the drug trade, which supplies 90 percent of the world's raw opium used for heroin. And during harvest season, fighting practically comes to a halt.
There is a small part of the city called Murad Khane, where centuries-old homes and courtyards were buried under trash. One foundation is working to conserve the historical richness. NPR's Jim Wildman and photographer David Gilkey visited the site.
Much has been said about what's not working in Afghanistan. NPR producer Jim Wildman sends photos of something that is: midwifery training.
Two views of the war in southern Afghanistan: From an NPR photographer embedded with U.S. troops and a Taliban spokesman.
For U.S. forces in Afghanistan, removing the Taliban from its epicenter is a slow and steady struggle.
NPR photographer David Gilkey is on patrol with the 101st Airborne Division in Pashmul, Afghanistan. The area is considered key to securing Kandahar. He tells Mary Louise Kelly that the U.S. military has met with heavy resistance.
Photographer David Gilkey provides a closeup view of what's happening on the ground in Afghanistan.