August 3rd, 2010
10:03 PM ET
The journey home from the frontlines of war
August 2nd, 2010
10:11 AM ET

The journey home from the frontlines of war

CNN's Barbara Starr follows injured soldiers from the war zone in Afghanistan to the U.S. in an exclusive look. Watch Part 1 above and then continue the journey in Part 2: The price the wounded are paying and Part 3: Injured together, coming home together

"Godspeed. How is your pain?"

Capt. Katherine Gardener leans over a wounded soldier to murmur words of comfort.

This quiet 29-year-old Air Force trauma nurse is watching over several young wounded soldiers lying on stretchers in front of her.

But we are not in a hospital. We are on a C-17 cargo aircraft at 40,000 feet in the middle of the night.

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July 26th, 2010
03:26 PM ET

Death of a man named 'Popeye'

Bill Harris, deputy director of the Kandahar Provincial Reconstruction Team, speaks at a ceremony honoring "Popeye" at Camp Nathan Smith. A large number of both coalition personnel and local residents attended.

We’d been at Camp Nathan Smith in Kandahar City for a matter of hours when a Canadian Public Affairs Officer offered up a story.

Captain Cynthia Larue was not the type of PAO to try to sell you a puff piece to boost the “good news quota,” but rather someone who knew a good tale when she saw one.

And this, to be sure, was one of those. FULL POST

Photo Spotlight: Water search
July 24th, 2010
11:38 AM ET

Photo Spotlight: Water search

A U.S. Marine searches a canal for pieces of a damaged bridge in the Helmand province of Afghanistan earlier this month. The 9th Engineer Support Battalion, 1st Marine Logistics Group provides logistical support to coalition forces in as part of the International Security Assistance Force.

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July 3rd, 2010
07:29 AM ET

Photo Spotlight: Through the looking glass

A view of Kandahar as seen through the irregularly-shaped window of a M-ATV. The M-ATV, which stands for MRAP (Mine Resistant Ambush Protected) All Terrain Vehicle, is the armored successor of the Humvee. The M-ATV and its mine-resistant brethren replaced the Humvee for transporting U.S. troops throughout Afghanistan. The windows are thicker and irregularly-shaped to help protect troops from roadside bombs and other threats.

June 8th, 2010
03:52 PM ET

British contractor's family appeals his jail term

Former British army officer William Shaw is serving a two-year sentence in Kabul’s infamous Pul-e-Charki jail for bribery. This week, his wife and daughter were allowed to visit him. CNN’s Nic Robertson spoke to Liz Shaw and Lisa Luckyn-Malone in Kabul about their efforts to secure his release.  He filed the video report above, and this behind-the-scenes post:

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June 4th, 2010
10:16 AM ET

Reconstruction forces in Langham province

U.S. Army soldiers along with Afghan National Army and International Security Assistance Forces recently traveled through the Laghman province, meeting with villagers, inspecting schools and conducting security patrols. To help stabilize the region, the team's mission is to help encourage the local population to participate with their provincial government as well as build and repair the local infrastructure.

The eastern Afghanistan province‘s economy was destroyed during the war with the Soviet Union, but it has growing agricultural and mining industries.

June 1st, 2010
10:30 AM ET

Behind the scenes in Kandahar

CNN's Paula Hancocks, on the ground in Afghanistan, describes the sense of eeriness on the streets of Kandahar. "You know there's danger on the street," she says, "You have a sense that there is something out there ... but you don't know where this danger is exactly."

She also talks about the differences between Kabul and Kandahar, the sense of fear on the streets in Kandahar and what it's like for women now in the southern province.

More from CNN International's BackStory

May 27th, 2010
05:31 PM ET

Photo Spotlight: Firing a mortar


U.S. Army Sgt. Joshua Morris shoots a mortar round during a training and certification test at a combat outpost in Afghanistan.

Notice that you can actually see the round in the plume of fire and smoke. You can see the full sized image via the Department of Defense's website.

 Scenes from Kandahar
May 24th, 2010
08:33 AM ET

Upcoming Kandahar offensive stirs fears in residents

It’s being billed as the biggest military offensive of this eight and a half year war and it could be just weeks away.

The U.S. military is beefing up its troop numbers in and around the city of Kandahar, the spiritual heartland of the Taliban. At the same time the Taliban is moving into the heart of the city. No one knows how many fighters have blended into the crowds in this southern Afghan city but violence has definitely increased in recent weeks.
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