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Afghanistan: The Forgotten War

President Obama has called for the complete removal of American troops from Afghanistan by the end of 2014. In the meantime, the U.S. is moving onto other concerns - like the presidential election.

But former Kansas City Star reporter Malcolm Garcia hasn't forgotten Afghanistan.

Garcia just returned from another reporting trip there, and joins Steve Kraske on the second half of Tuesday's Up to Date to give us an update on the country, including the U.S. military's open burn pits, returning veterans and their physical and mental problems, and the current state of the war in Afghanistan.

Read more of Malcolm Garcia's investigative reporting here.

J. Malcolm Garcia’s writing has appeared in the Virginia Quarterly Review, McSweeney’s, Mother Jones, West Branch, the Alaska Quarterly Review, and various other publications. He’s written about the drug war in Mexico, race relations in Jena, Louisiana, and the poor of Buenos Aires, among other topics. He is the author of memoir about his work in Afghanistan, The Khaarijee: A Chronicle of Friendship and War in Kabul (Beacon Press).

Stephen Steigman is director of Classical KC. You can email him at <a href="mailto:Stephen.Steigman@classicalkc.org">Stephen.Steigman@classicalkc.org</a>.
When I host Up To Date each morning at 9, my aim is to engage the community in conversations about the Kansas City area’s challenges, hopes and opportunities. I try to ask the questions that listeners want answered about the day’s most pressing issues and provide a place for residents to engage directly with newsmakers. Reach me at steve@kcur.org or on Twitter @stevekraske.