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Afghans Make History, Winning Thriller Against Scotland In Cricket's World Cup

The win in Dunedin, New Zealand, is a first for Afghanistan at the World Cup. The victory spurred Afghans to celebrate on the streets of Kabul.
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New Defense Secretary Makes Unannounced Trip To Afghanistan

U.S. Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter is in Afghanistan meeting with that country's new president, Ashraf Ghani, and discussing possible changes to the timetable for U.S. troop withdrawals.
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Ash Carter Says U.S. Is Considering A Slower Exit From Afghanistan

The defense secretary said Saturday that the U.S. may slow its withdrawal from Afghanistan to make sure "progress sticks." NPR's Rachel Martin talks to Kate Clark of the Afghanistan Analyst Network.
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Defense Secretary Carter Hints At Slowing U.S. Exit From Afghanistan

Ashton Carter, on a surprise visit to Afghanistan, said he was there to assess the situation on the ground and indicated that a "rethinking" of the U.S. troop withdrawal timetable was possible.
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Captivated Afghans Watch Cricket Team's World Cup Debut

In Afghanistan, an unlikely sport has grabbed the nation's attention. Cricket only took root there a few decades ago, and only took off after the fall of the Taliban in 2001.
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For The First Time, An Afghan First Lady Steps Into The Spotlight

In a country where women are seen but not often heard, Rula Ghani intends to play a prominent role. The wife of Afghanistan's new president hopes to help the country's most vulnerable people.
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In White House Memory, A-U-M-F Translates To B-U-S-H

Surely it is not a welcome thought for the current White House that it is going to Congress for the Authorization for the Use of Military Force " ... just like President Bush."
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'War Rugs' Reflect Afghanistan's Long History With Conflict

Afghanistan has suffered through decades of war. The modern history of violence has seeped into the nation's ancient art of rug making — rugs now feature imagery of tanks, AK-47s and U.S. drones.
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The Woman Who Sold Her Baby For $435 To Buy Firewood

It happened last week in Afghanistan. It is illegal. But the mother felt she had no other way to support her family. It is the fourth recorded case of baby-selling there in the past year.
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U.S. Report On Spending In Afghanistan Classified For First Time

The latest quarterly report on U.S. spending in Afghanistan was released on Thursday. Conspicuously missing were figures on how more than $50 billion is being spent on training and equipping Afghan military and police forces. Those figures have been classified for the first time in years of such reporting and the general who ordered keeping them secret says it's to keep enemies from sharpening their attacks. Key senators disagree.

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