Tom Bowman Tom Bowman is a NPR National Desk reporter covering the Pentagon.

An Afghan soldier stands at a mortar training range near Kandahar, Afghanistan. The Afghan forces are still receiving help from the U.S. as they battle the Taliban. This photo was taken by NPR's David Gilkey shortly before he was killed by the Taliban on June 5. David Gilkey/NPR hide caption

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Afghanistan: A Tragic Return To A War With No End

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Afghan Governor Wants Government To Control Poppy Crop

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U.S. Military Trainers Teach Afghan Troops To Wield Artillery

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After 15 Years, The State Of The War In Afghanistan

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Marine Corps Misidentified Man In Iconic Iwo Jima Photo

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An Afghan commando stands on the tarmac, wearing night vision gear. The elite commandos are about to fly into an area controlled by Taliban fighters. Their mission: to sweep a village for Taliban fighters. David Gilkey/NPR hide caption

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Under U.S. Air Cover, Afghan Commandos Chase The Elusive Taliban

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Memorial Day In Kandahar: A Run To Honor America's Fallen

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U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. Chance Henderson, an orthopedic surgeon, stands in the operating theater of the military hospital at Bagram Airfield in Afghanistan. Henderson is fighting to save the leg of a 6-year-old Afghan girl who was shot during a firefight between U.S. and Afghan forces and the Taliban. David Gilkey/NPR hide caption

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Saving 6-Year-Old Ameera, Shot In An Afghan Firefight

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With Mansour Dead, Taliban Must Select A New Leader

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U.S. Service Member Killed As ISIS Attacks Iraqi Kurdish Forces

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U.S. Releases Final Report On Deadly Hospital Attack In Afghanistan

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Pentagon To Send Additional 250 Special Forces Troops To Syria

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Pentagon: Troops To Be Close To Iraqi Front Lines In Fight Against ISIS

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Because Of ISIS, Pentagon Rethinks Deployments To Sinai Peninsula

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U.S. Navy Officer Involved With China Surveillance Charged With Espionage

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