Eight years after the war began in the
aftermath of the 9/11 attacks, Afghanistan
faces a resurgent Taliban and the U.S.
debates sending more troops.

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Photojournalist Tim Hetherington
is on the frontlines in Afghanistan,
reporting on what he has seen
and heard.

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From all parts of the world and spanning
all ages, more than 1,000 U.S. and coalition
troops have died in Afghanistan. Explore the
names, ages and faces of the fallen

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Mapping Afghanistan
Explore Afghanistan's key geographic location and where the most -- and least -- number of people live
'We will win, and they will die'
CNN's Nic Robertson talks with an elusive Taliban spokesman
Place of 'miracle'
A place offers refuge from the harsh reality of life
Buzkashi: 'Polo on steroids'
A behind the scenes look at a most unusual sport
Year-by-year highlights
An ousted regime, Tora Bora, a new constitution and elections
'Beauty that snuck up on me'
CNN's Todd Baxter describes the stories behind his photos
Key players
Check out some who could shape Afghanistan's future
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Salute to Troops
HLN's Robin Meade and her team do a shout-out to U.S. troops every week day
Inside U.S. war prisons
The torture investigation
Critics want a probe of Bush administration interrogation methods -- banned and labeled as "torture" by President Obama