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Experts Fear Fallout From Afghanistan Video

The Marine Corps is investigating a video that purports to depict Marines urinating on the corpses of Taliban fighters. Many worry the incident will further enflame anti-American feelings in Afghanistan, just as the U.S. tries to engage the Taliban into peace talks.
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Video Depicting Urination On Corpses Won't Derail Peace Talks, Taliban Says

Though experts warn it will inflame anti-American sentiment in Afghanistan, a video that appears to show four U.S. Marines urinating on the corpses of three Afghan men will not affect efforts to begin such talks, a Taliban spokesman tells Reuters.
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Afghan Announcements Annoy U.S., Hurt Relations

The U.S. relationship with Afghan President Hamid Karzai continues to worsen, after a series of announcements that appear designed to embarrass Washington. Karzai is angry that the U.S. appears to be bypassing him in key decisions and is eager to prove he isn't beholden to America.
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Defense Cuts To Reshape U.S. Military Strategy

The Obama administration has laid out billions in cuts to the U.S. military over the next decade. Some say the cuts will weaken the armed forces, while others argue it's time to reconsider the type of military presence the U.S. should maintain. NPR's Tom Bowman describes the proposed cuts and their potential implications for future military operations.
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Afganistan's Abuse Charges Surprise Washington

In Afghanistan, President Hamid Karzai is demanding that the United States hand over control of a prison facility that houses about 3,000 inmates. An Afghan commission has alleged abuse of prisoners there, and says that conditions violate the Afghan constitution. The demands may have more to do with a growing animosity between President Karzai and Washington, however, as NPR's Kabul bureau chief Quil Lawrence tells host Rachel Martin.

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