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NBC's Lester Holt answers your questions about Afghanistan

Joint US-Afghan operations are becoming more common, and so are the risks. NBC's Lester Holt reports.

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Lester Holt, NBC News' anchor, is in Afghanistan reporting on the state of the U.S. mission there 11 years after the start of the war. 

What is the state of the war? Where are the Taliban?  How much longer will U.S. troops be there? What about all the repeat deployments for U.S. soldiers?

Lester answered reader questions about Afghanistan earlier today.

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 From Lester Holt: For US soldiers, repeat deployments 'definitely take a toll'