MORE AFGHANISTAN FEATURES
No end in sight in Afghanistan
Oct. 7: On the fifth anniversary of the start of the war in Afghanistan, though Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld points out many indicators of progress, critical challenges remain. NBC's Jim Miklaszewski reports.
SPECIAL REPORT: FLASHBACK TO MAY 2001
In early 2001, then-MSNBC.com reporter Preston Mendenhall traveled to Afghanistan for an up-close look at its repressive Taliban regime. Here are features from the report he filed after the trip, "Pariah Nation: A Journey Through Afghanistan."
Then: The 2001 war in Afghanistan
View images looking back at the U.S.-led post-9/11 invasion of Afghanistan.
Now: Life in Afghanistan in 2006
View images chronicling the state of the country today, five years after the U.S.-led war.
Afghanistan: Five Years Later
NBC News' Kerry Sanders revisits the country whose invasion he covered in 2001.