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U.S. Base Assaulted In Eastern Afghanistan

Militants tried to blast their way into an American base on Saturday, striking before dawn with rocket-propelled grenades and a vehicle packed with explosives. The attackers failed to breach the gate of the base in Panjshir province's Rakha district, said a provincial police chief.
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Report: Afghan-Detention Centers Tortured Suspects

The 74-page report by the United Nationss concludes that suspected Taliban fighters have been subjected to beatings, electric shocks and other forms of torture in some Afghan-run detention centers.
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A Soldier's Story Set To Gunfire In 'Hell And Back'

The documentary Hell and Back Again was a standout at Sundance, and it hits theaters this week. It follows Marine Sgt. Nathan Harris from Afghanistan back home to North Carolina. Director Danfung Dennis made an unusual choice for this film: no musical score. Instead, he uses sounds gathered on the battlefield and manipulates them to highlight the emotion of the story. Noah Nelson of Turnstyle News reports.
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Veterans, Civilians Don't See Eye To Eye On War

The United States has never seen a moment like this one, the Pew Center says: sustained combat for a decade, and a small fraction of American men and women in uniform. A new Pew study says that's led to some different views on the wars, the value of military service — and even the subject of patriotism.
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Now Serving In Uniform, Teacher Seeks To Inspire

A year ago, Darryl St. George left his post as a teacher on Long Island to become a Navy corpsman stationed in Afghanistan. Back in the U.S. until his next tour, St. George went back to his school hoping students and former colleagues would understand why he left.
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In Afghanistan, Performance Artist Packs Up His Bling

Aman Mojadidi, an Afghan-American performance artist, made a name for himself in Kabul by setting up fake police checkpoints and running a phony campaign for Parliament. But now he says he's leaving Afghanistan, disappointed at the slow pace of progress.
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Gap Grows Between Military, Civilians On War

A new survey of 4,000 military service members and civilians shows a gap between the two groups on issues ranging from patriotism to nation-building. Also, about one-third of veterans say neither the Afghan nor Iraq war was worth fighting, compared to nearly half of civilians.
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Afghan Officials Say Plot To Kill Karzai Foiled

One of President Hamid Karzai's bodyguards was among six people taken into custody in Kabul. Afghan intelligence officials said those arrested are affiliated with al-Qaida and the Pakistan-based Haqqani militant group.

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