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Panetta: U.S. To Move Out Of Combat Role In Afghanistan

Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta says U.S. troops hope to begin transitioning from a combat role in Afghanistan to a role that focuses on training Afghan troops instead. The transition could happen sooner than expected — possibly by mid- to late-2013. U.S. troops would still remain in Afghanistan through at least the end of 2014, however. Audie Cornish talks to NPR Pentagon correspondent Tom Bowman, who has the latest.
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Panetta Sees End Of U.S. 'Combat Role' In Afghanistan Next Year

The U.S. and NATO are aiming to end their combat operations in Afghanistan next year, the defense secretary told reporters today. They'll continue to focus on training and advising Afghan forces.
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Reports: Pakistan Supports Taliban In Afghanistan

Media reports say Afghans are braced for a return of the Taliban once NATO forces leave the country. A classified NATO report was leaked to the BBC and The Times of London which further documents what has been said for a long time: Pakistan is actively supporting the Taliban insurgency.
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In Battle For Hearts And Minds, Taliban Turn To CDs

When they ruled Afghanistan, the Taliban outlawed CDs and DVDs on the grounds they were un-Islamic. But now the Taliban make their own CDs in an attempt to recruit Afghans to their side.
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U.S. Prepares To Redefine Mission In Afghanistan

More than a decade after the U.S. charged into Afghanistan, American troops are still in the lead combat role. But with the U.S. military planning to withdraw by the end of 2014, the Americans now want to see Afghan troops at the forefront of the fighting.
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France Threatens To Remove Troops In Afghanistan

France is suspending training operations in Afghanistan and threatening to withdraw its entire force from the country early after an Afghan soldier killed four French troops Friday. The French foreign minister described the attack as an "assassination."

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