Afghanistan Afghanistan
Stories About

Afghanistan

Retired 1st Sgt. Keith Melick (right) and retired Army Special Forces Command Sgt. Maj. Roy Wilkins met when Melick, a medic, treated Wilkins after an IED explosion. They were reunited nearly 10 years later. StoryCorps hide caption

toggle caption
StoryCorps

A Decade After Battle, Medic And Wounded Soldier Reunite

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/367261188/367362437" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript

An Afghan farmer collects raw opium as he works in a poppy field in Khogyani District of Nangarhar province in April 2013. AFP/Getty Images hide caption

toggle caption
AFP/Getty Images

Afghanistan's Opium Harvest Sets New Record

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/363538083/363579820" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript

U.S. soldiers stand at a checkpoint around Lakokhel camp in Afghanistan in 2010. Many soldiers return from war suffering from "moral injuries," or dealing with the fact that their sense of right and wrong was violated. Martin Bureau/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

toggle caption
Martin Bureau/AFP/Getty Images

Moral Injury Is The 'Signature Wound' Of Today's Veterans

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/363288341/363346238" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript

Gen. John F. Campbell, the top U.S. commander in Afghanistan, speaks during a ceremony in Kabul on Aug. 26. Campbell is overseeing the U.S. drawdown in the country after 13 years of war. Massoud Hossaini/AP hide caption

toggle caption
Massoud Hossaini/AP

Afghanistan's Way Forward: A Talk With Gen. John Campbell, Decoded

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/363093298/363214577" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

A 3-Star General Explains 'Why We Lost' In Iraq, Afghanistan

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/361746282/362828948" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript

Four Americans injured in Iraq and Afghanistan visit Kabul as part of Operation Proper Exit, a program designed for wounded warriors. From left, they are Staff Sgt. Ben Dellinger, Capt. Casey Wolfe, Capt. John Urquhart (who is hidden) and Sgt. James "Eddie" Wright. Sean Carberry/NPR hide caption

toggle caption
Sean Carberry/NPR

Wounded In Combat, U.S. Troops Go Back For A 'Proper Exit'

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/361155634/361320185" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript

U.S. Marines board a C-130 transport plane as they withdraw from Camp Leatherneck, their huge base in southern Afghanistan. This marked the biggest handover yet to the Afghan army, which is facing a tough fight with the Taliban in Helmand province and other parts of southern Afghanistan. Wakil Koshar/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

toggle caption
Wakil Koshar/AFP/Getty Images

With Marines Gone, Can The Afghan Army Hold Off The Taliban?

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/359323002/359403525" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript

U.K. armed forces and U.S. Marines have ended combat operations in Afghanistan. In a formal handover, British troops stood with peers from the U.S. Marine Corps and the Afghan National Security Forces as the Union Flag and Stars and Stripes were lowered for the last time at the Bastion-Leatherneck complex Sunday. Sergeant Obi Igbo, RLC/AP hide caption

toggle caption
Sergeant Obi Igbo, RLC/AP

Afghan National Security Adviser Mohammad Hanif Atmar (right) and U.S. Ambassador to Afghanistan James Cunningham exchange documents after signing the Bilateral Security Agreement, with Afghan President Ashraf Ghani (rear, left) and Chief Executive Abdullah Abdullah in the background. Jawad Jalali/EPA/Landov hide caption

toggle caption
Jawad Jalali/EPA/Landov