• U.S. General John Campbell, commander of international forces in Afghanistan, arrives for a change of command ceremony for the 438th Train, Advise, Assist Command-Air (TAAC-Air) at Oqab base, in Kabul, Afghanistan, July 27, 2015. REUTERS/Omar Sobhani - RTX1LXBO
    June 18, 2016  

    There is still a debate about how many U.S. troops should remain in Afghanistan 15 years after 9/11. President Barack Obama plans to cut the number of troops by almost half. Reuters reporter Phil Stewart joins Hari Sreenivasan to discuss what to expect as Obama’s term comes to an end.
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  • U.S. soldiers arrive at the site of a car bomb attack in Kabul, Afghanistan, May 17, 2015. A suicide car bomber rammed a European Union vehicle near the main airport in Afghanistan's capital on Sunday, killing at least three people in the latest attack in the city, officials said. REUTERS/Mohammad Ismail  - RTX1DAJ3
    June 10, 2016  

    In our news wrap Friday, the White House confirmed that U.S. airstrikes against Taliban targets in Afghanistan will expand, and that American troops will join Afghan units on more missions — though the U.S. will not be assuming direct combat roles. Also, food aid reached civilians in Daraya, a besieged rebel suburb of the Syrian capital of Damascus, for the first time in four years. Continue reading

  • U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. William Greer

    The decision comes as the Afghans struggle with a resurgent Taliban, particularly in the south. But the move is politically sensitive because President Barack Obama had made clear his commitment to get U.S. forces out of Afghanistan. Continue reading

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    June 6, 2016  

    Some stories can be told only because of journalists who are willing to risk their lives. Award-winning photographer David Gilkey of NPR and Afghan journalist and translator Zabihullah Tamanna were two such voices. The two died Sunday in a Taliban ambush in southern Afghanistan. David Greene of NPR joins Gwen Ifill to remember the life and work of David Gilkey. Continue reading

  • U.S. President Barack Obama arrives at the wreath-laying ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in observance of Memorial Day at Arlington National Cemetery in Washington, U.S., May 30, 2016. REUTERS/Yuri Gripas  - RTX2EV36
    May 30, 2016  

    In our news wrap Monday, on his last Memorial Day as commander-in-chief, President Obama paid tribute to the nation’s veterans and made special mention of the American soldiers who died this past year in Iraq and Afghanistan. Also, more than 50 policemen in Afghanistan were killed in a wave of Taliban attacks, the first such violence since the militant group named a new leader last week. Continue reading

  • Taliban's new leader Mullah Haibatullah Akhundzada is seen in an undated photograph, posted on a Taliban twitter feed and identified separately by several Taliban officials, who declined be named.  Social Media via Reuters
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    Mawlawi Haibatullah Akhundzada has been the group’s lesser-known deputy member and served as a former judicial leader for Afghanistan’s Taliban government. The announcement is the group’s first public confirmation that a U.S. airstrike killed Mullah Mansour in Pakistan’s Baluchistan province Saturday. Continue reading

  • Newspapers containing news about Afghan Taliban leader Mullah Akhtar Mansour are on display at a stall in Peshawar, Pakistan, May 23, 2016.  REUTERS/Fayaz Aziz             FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NO RESALES. NO ARCHIVES. - RTSFJQ3
    May 23, 2016  

    On Saturday, a U.S. drone strike killed Mullah Mansour, the leader of the Taliban and architect of the group’s bloody reconquest of Afghanistan this past year. Chief foreign affairs correspondent Margaret Warner reports on the killing, and Hari Sreenivasan talks to former Pakistani diplomat Riaz Mohammad Khan and former State Department official Barnett Rubin about what lies ahead for the Taliban.
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  • A Special Forces Operation Detachment-Alpha (SFODA) Soldier scans the area in the Kandahar province, Afghanistan, Dec. 27, 2013. The U.S. military command in Kabul announced three U.S. casualties -- one soldier killed, another two wounded -- on Tuesday. Photo by Staff Sgt. Bertha A. Flores/U.S. Army
    May 21, 2016  

    The Pentagon has announced that the U.S. has conducted an airstrike targeting Taliban leader Mullah Mansour. One American official says the U.S. believes Mansour was killed in what was a drone strike authorized by President Barack Obama. Continue reading

  • An Afghan man walks through a poppy field in the Gereshk district of Helmand province, Afghanistan April 8, 2016. REUTERS/Abdul Malik - RTX2A21J
    May 11, 2016  

    Fifteen years since the start of the American intervention in Afghanistan, Islamic extremism is resurging in the region. The Taliban are slowly regaining ground, especially in the valuable poppy fields of the south, and now ISIS is making its presence felt too. Hari Sreenivasan talks to special correspondent Jennifer Glasse for more on the escalating state of hostilities on the ground.
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  • Afghan quick reaction forces arrive at the site of a suicide car bomb attack in Kabul, Afghanistan April 19, 2016. REUTERS/Omar Sobhani - RTX2AL6U
    April 19, 2016  

    A Tuesday morning suicide attack in Kabul killed 28 people and wounded hundreds more, part of an ongoing surge of Taliban-driven violence in Afghanistan. Judy Woodruff talks to Seth Jones of the RAND Corporation, former advisor to U.S. special forces in the region, for more on the bombing and what it says about the country’s stability and security after 15 years of American involvement. Continue reading

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