Dec 8 (Reuters) - The bulk of foreign combat troops are withdrawing from Afghanistan at the end of the year, vastly reducing Western powers' involvement in a 13-year war against the hardline Islamist Taliban movement ousted from power in 2001.
Following are highlights of Reuters coverage in the runup to the landmark:
Afghan students drawn to Islamic State
New Afghan leader brings energy to tough role
INSIGHT-Afghan forces struggle without NATO
EXCLUSIVE-US to leave more troops behind
Afghan projects, officials left in limbo
Obama widens post-2014 combat role for U.S.
Afghan power struggle seen delaying govt
Afghan opium crop to hit new high - UN
EXCLUSIVE-China seeks bigger Afghan role
SPECIAL REPORT-Afghan medical shortfalls
INSIGHT-Taliban gains ground in north