State of the War in Afghanistan - PICTURES

May 9, 2012, 7:28 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:

(RE­LATED: A Day in the Life of the Coun­ter­insur­gency in Afgh­anistan)