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Commander of U.S. Central Command Gen. Kenneth McKenzie testifies during a hearing before Senate Armed Services Committee in September, 2021. The committee held the hearing "to receive testimony on the conclusion of military operations in Afghanistan and plans for future counterterrorism operations." Alex Wong/Getty Images hide caption

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The U.S. lost track of why it was in Afghanistan, former commander says

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A man works on the evening broadcast from TOLOnews, Afghanistan's first 24/7 new channel. Claire Harbage/NPR hide caption

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Inside a TV news station determined to report facts in the Taliban's Afghanistan

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Former president of Afghanistan Hamid Karzai says the Taliban have to correct their mistakes in the country, as does the United States. Claire Harbage/NPR hide caption

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Hamid Karzai stays on in Afghanistan — hoping for the best, but unable to leave

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Palestinian musician Bashar Murad works at a recording studio in Sheikh Jarrah, East Jerusalem November 19, 2018. AMMAR AWAD/REUTERS hide caption

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Palestinian pop singer Bashar Murad struggles for freedom and equality on two fronts

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Mullah Mohammad Yaqoob Mujahid, a Taliban leader, is Afghanistan's interim defense minister. Claire Harbage/NPR hide caption

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We visited a Taliban leader's compound to examine his vision for Afghanistan

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In this 1998 file photo, Ayman al-Zawahiri (left) holds a press conference with Osama bin Laden in Khost, Afghanistan. Zawahiri succeeded bin Laden as al-Qaida's leader following the 2011 U.S. raid that killed bin Laden in Pakistan. Mazhar Ali Khan/Associated Press hide caption

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Iraqi protesters rest inside the Parliament building in Baghdad on Sunday. Thousands of followers of an influential Shiite cleric stormed into the building on Saturday, for the second time this week, protesting government formation efforts led by his rivals, an alliance of Iran-backed groups. Anmar Khalil/AP hide caption

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Russian arms dealer Viktor Bout is shown in custody in Bangkok, Thailand, in 2008. Bout was later extradited to the U.S. and convicted of conspiring to kill Americans. He's serving a 25-year sentence, but he may be part of a prisoner swap the U.S. and Russia are trying to negotiate. Chumsak Kanoknan/Getty Images hide caption

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The Line is an ambitious part of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman's plan to diversify the kingdom's economy and remake part of its geography. Screenshot by NPR/NEOM hide caption

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A Palestinian boy inspects the damage to a house after Palestinian gunmen were killed in an early morning Israeli military raid in the Old City of Nablus in the West Bank, Sunday, July 24, 2022. Majdi Mohammed/AP hide caption

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Sir Mark Lowcock, the former head of the U.N.'s Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, has written a memoir, Relief Chief: A Manifesto for Saving Lives in Dire Times. In 2017, he was appointed Knight Commander of the Order of the Bath for his work in international development. Thierry Roge/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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In this photo released by the Saudi Press Agency, Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and President Biden bump fists as they begin meetings in Jeddah. Saudi Press Agency/AP hide caption

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President Biden is welcomed at King Abdulaziz International Airport in the Saudi coastal city of Jeddah. He was later greeted by Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman. Mandel Ngan/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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U.S. President Joe Biden speaks at the Augusta Victoria Hospital in east Jerusalem on Friday. Biden announced a U.S. investment of $100 million for a network of hospitals. Evan Vucci/AP hide caption

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President Biden says he always talks about human rights abroad. But he stopped short of saying he would raise the 2018 killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi when he meets Saudi leaders on Friday. Evan Vucci/AP hide caption

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On this trip, the White House says President Biden will try to reduce physical contact as a COVID-19 precaution, meaning fist-pumps replaced handshakes on the red carpet when he arrived. Mandel Ngan/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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