August 13, 2010 4:42 PM

U.S. soldiers' mission shows Afghan war's uncertainties

After months of deadly and often demoralizing fighting alongside mediocre Afghan forces in one of the Taliban's most intractable strongholds outside Kandahar city, the Americans in one Army company are asking themselves if it had been worth it. Amid growing U.S. concerns about the war, no one is feeling the pressure to demonstrate progress more than the Americans working on the rustic, isolated bases in southern Afghanistan.

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