Headlines of war and political crises usually occupy the news out of Afghanistan. But beyond all that, ordinary life goes on.
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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.
U.S. Green Berets in Kandahar are working with Afghan special forces to improve security for locals. It is a constructive collaboration but a difficult thing to photograph. Special forces cannot give names or show their faces.
In October, NPR photographer David Gilkey spent a few weeks with the Army Medevac team known as "Lucky Dustoff". It is their hope that the care they bring will help win the battle for the Afghan "hearts and minds" that is critical to the success o...
Afghanistan is not camera-friendly terrain. "Everything is either made out of mud, steel or rocks," NPR photographer David Gilkey explains over the phone, before offering an update on the Marines of 1st Platoon Golf Company.
By Jim Wildman, producer for Morning EditionPhotographs by David Gilkey, NPR staff photographerWhen we show these photographs to NPR colleagues, nearly every one of them gasps. Perhaps that's because they're not images of detonated car bombs or...
NPR reporter Tom Bowman and photographer David Gilkey recently returned from Afghanistan. Searching through Gilkey's unpublished photos, we came across some images that seemed to merit a dispatch. By Tom BowmanThe Combat Search and Rescue hel...
By Claire O'NeillPhotos By David GilkeyAt first glance, there's something comical about a man chasing a runaway donkey with a country's presidential ballots on its back. But actually, that man and donkey are responsible for delivering the vote ...