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Struggling To Absorb Asylum-Seekers, Germany Steps Up Deportations

Germany has been generous in welcoming refugees, but is stepping up deportations to dissuade more from coming. Chancellor Angela Merkel says many Afghans seeking asylum shouldn't expect to stay.
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U.S. Launches Airstrikes In Support Of Afghan Operation In Sangin

NPR's Robert Siegel interviews Sune Engel Rasmussen, who covers Afghanistan for the Guardian, about the latest on the siege of Sangin in southern Afghanistan, which the Taliban attempted to overrun. U.S. aircraft have carried out two attacks there in support of Afghan government forces fighting to push the Taliban back.
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Bowe Bergdahl Defers Entering Plea At Arraignment

In his first appearance before a military judge on charges of desertion and misbehavior before the enemy, Bergdahl did not enter a plea. "The accused wishes to defer for reflection," his lawyer said.
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Six U.S. Troops Killed In Afghanistan In Suicide Blast

The White House said in a statement that the Taliban was responsible for the attack.
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After 40 Years Of Service, Gen. John Kelly To Retire Next Month

U.S. Marine General and head of Southern Command John Kelly looks back with NPR's Renee Montagne on his time in Iraq, the war in Afghanistan, and what it means to serve the country.
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Obama Makes 'No Apologies' For Fighting ISIS Within 'American Values'

In an interview with NPR, President Obama forcefully defended his strategy against ISIS and encouraged Americans to "keep things in perspective."
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For Young Afghan Women, Scaling Mountain Peaks Brings Highs And Lows

Months of training culminated with reaching the summit of a 16,500-foot peak, which they named. But there were frustrations and squabbles along the away, and uncertainties as they returned to Kabul.
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Veterans Say 'Burn Pits' Created Toxic Clouds That Made Them Sick

During the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, open-air pits were used to incinerate refuse including plastics and human waste. Now, U.S. veterans are claiming these burn pits caused chronic ailments.
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Afghan Female Climbing Team Faced Daunting Obstacles Besides The Mountain

The young female climbers became the first to scale a nearly 17,000-foot peak in Afghanistan. As jubilant as the American-led ascent was, the Afghan team's descent proved more treacherous.
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Afghanistan Security Situation Deteriorated In 2015, Pentagon Report Says

The new report says there was an uptick in Taliban attacks and casualties among Afghan forces. It also says ISIS is becoming a greater threat in that country.

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