The main effort now for American forces in Afghanistan is in and around Kandahar, the southern city where the Taliban movement began. It is the place where Taliban fighters now hide, plan their attacks and store their weapons. It's called Zhari, a wide patch of orchards, fields and villages north of the city. Some troops call it "The Heart of Darkness."
NPR reporter Tom Bowman and photographer David Gilkey went on patrol with soldiers from the 101st Airborne Division as they approached one of those villages, searching for enemies who have been throwing grenades; listen to the full story. Gilkey is now embedded with the 101st, so follow us for updates.