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Americans and Afghan citizens reflect on 10 years of conflict in "Joined By War" townhall

To mark the 10th anniversary of 9/11 and the invasion of Afghanistan, American and Afghan citizens connect via Skype to discuss the impact of war on servicemen and women, military families, and Afghan civilians and communities


WAMU 88.5, America Abroad Media and Radio Killid in Afghanistan will present "Joined By War: A Decade of Conflict in Afghanistan," the third in a series of conversations between audiences in Washington and Kabul. Hosted by WAMU 88.5’s Kojo Nnamdi, the event will take place on Thursday, September 8, 2011, at American University’s Katzen Arts Center. Doors open at 7 a.m.; audience must be seated by 7:20, and taping begins promptly at 7:30 a.m.

Nearly ten years after the U.S. invasion of Afghanistan, one of the longest wars in U.S. history has taken its toll on Afghans and Americans alike. Thousands of lives have been lost, and millions have been affected. On the anniversary of the September 11 terror attacks, and with the U.S. troop drawdown in Afghanistan underway, America Abroad Media, WAMU 88.5 FM, and Radio Killid Afghanistan bring together an American audience in Washington and an Afghan audience in Kabul for a candid conversation about the impact of ten years of war.

Connected via Skype and aided by translators, community leaders, military veterans and ordinary citizens alike will share their thoughts in this deeply personal discussion. Panelists in both cities will include: the mother of a Marine currently deployed to Afghanistan; an advisor to the U.S. military and retired Air Force officer familiar with the personal and psychological impact of the war; an Afghan woman and former refugee who returned to her country to help other women obtain education; and a former deputy minister integral in the election of the transitional Afghan government after the defeat of the Taliban.

"Joined By War" is free and open to the public. The conversation will be recorded for broadcast on WAMU 88.5 on September 11, 2011. For more information, visit http://wamu.org/events/2011/joined_by_war_ten_years_of_war.

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