Obama's War: The Hurdles In Afghanistan As President Obama deploys thousands of additional U.S. troops in Afghanistan, NPR examines the challenges he faces in a five-part series.
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Obama's War: The Hurdles In Afghanistan

A five-part series examining the issues President Obama faces as he deploys additional troops.

Mirwais Hospital in Kandahar is the only public hospital serving five provinces in southern Afghanistan. The hospital is in the middle of a war zone, but it continues to strive to provide better care with the development help of the International Committee of the Red Cross. Holly Pickett for NPR hide caption

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President Hamid Karzai is under pressure from the Obama administration to crack down on government corruption. U.S. officials say the Afghan public perception that government is corrupt could be boosting the Taliban's popularity. David Gilkey/NPR hide caption

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Afghan President Hamid Karzai passes an honor guard in Kabul before his swearing-in ceremony last month as the country's president for another five-year term. Shah Marai/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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