A Soldier's Story: The drawdown begins
CNN's Jason Carroll talks to U.S. troops in Afghanistan about adjusting to life after war.
September 24th, 2011
08:06 AM ET

A Soldier's Story: The drawdown begins

A Soldier's Story is a project that I've been involved with for the past two years.

It began simply out of desire to re-engage viewers about the ongoing war in Afghanistan.

I sensed many viewers were becoming apathetic to hearing stories about the war partly because the U.S. has been at war for so long.

Watch A Soldier's Story tonight at 10:30 ET on CNN.

I thought one of the best ways to get people interested again was to make it personal.

So we created A Soldier's Story, which is a project where we follow soldiers over a period of time into battle.

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This weekend's half -hour special is the final installment of our work.

This time, we take a look at some of the critical questions surrounding the drawdown of troops. Is this the right time? Are Afghan security forces ready to take over? We get answers from the experts. Not the pundits or politicians, but from the soldiers on the front line.

People like 1st Sgt. Randy Shorter. Shorter is a combat veteran, who we have followed into his fourth deployment. He has strong opinions about where coalition forces and the Afghan security forces stand.

We'll also show you how soldiers are finding the insurgents who are trying to disrupt peace by planting roadside bombs. Despite 10 years of fighting, it is still a difficult process; one that involves skill and a bit of luck.

The interviews you will see are candid and answer not only questions about security.

The soldiers speak frankly about the second battle they face - the emotional struggle many are expecting to face once their deployment is over and they return home.

Much of what you will hear will be in the soldiers' own words. I hope you will see, as I did. there is much more to the men and women who sign up and risk their lives to defend their country.

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