State of the War in Afghanistan—PICTURES
May 9, 2012 | 11:28 a.m.
The decade-long war in Afghanistan is entering a new phase: the beginning of the drawdown of U.S. troops who first arrived after Sept. 11 and have since loosened the Taliban's grip on power. National Journal Chief Correspondent Michael Hirsh reports on the state of the war in Afghanistan and the progress American and NATO troops are making ahead of the troop withdrawal. Here are images of the scenes that Hirsh encountered: