- Afghan forces, battling the Taliban, pulled out of some parts of Helmand this week
- CNN's Nick Paton Walsh examines why the war has taken such a human and financial toll, for little apparent gain
Nick Paton Walsh is a CNN Senior International Correspondent who has reported from Afghanistan frequently over the last 10 years.
(CNN)It is worse in Afghanistan now than I ever could have imagined. And I was a pessimist.