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Kerry Says He Hopes Syria's Chemical Weapons Are Shipped Out Of Region

Weapons inspectors are still in Syria assessing the country's stockpile and how to destroy it. It's unclear where the weapons would go if they were sent abroad, but there are signs that such a move is under consideration.
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Obama Awards Medal Of Honor To Afghan War Vet

Army Capt. William Swenson went well beyond his call of duty during one of the costliest battles of the Afghan War. He is the first Army officer to receive the nation's highest military honor since the Vietnam War.
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Taliban Urges Rejection Of U.S.-Afghan Security Deal

As a bilateral security agreement between the U.S. and Afghanistan begins an approval process, the Taliban's leader urged Afghans to reject what he calls a "colonial" arrangement. The message came in an email Monday from Mullah Mohammad Omar, who told Afghans to keep fighting.
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U.S. Reaches Partial Deal To Keep Troops In Afghanistan

Talks between U.S. and Afghan officials have yielded a partial security agreement between the two countries. Secretary of State John Kerry and President Hamid Karzai held discussions Friday and Saturday on a deal to keep the U.S. military in the country beyond the 2014 pullout date for most U.S. and NATO troops.
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Kerry, Afghans Reach Deal On Troop Withdrawal

In marathon talks in Kabul, Secretary of State John Kerry persuaded the reluctant Afghan president to agree to a deal on the planned withdrawal of American troops next year. While some questions about the agreement remain unresolved, it marks a diplomatic victory for Kerry. Now it is up to Karzai to sell it to his people.
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U.S. And Afghanistan Reach Partial Security Deal

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry wraps up his visit to Kabul after meeting with Afghan President Hamid Karzai about the continuing U.S. presence in Afghanistan.
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Taken By The Taliban: A Doctor's Story Of Captivity, Rescue

Dilip Joseph was working for an international aid organization in Afghanistan when he was kidnapped by the Taliban last year. He was in captivity for several days before being rescued by a team of Navy SEALs.
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Kerry And Karzai Meet To Discuss U.S. Presence In Afghanistan

The U.S. has said it wants to reach a deal by the end of October to keep some members of its military in Afghanistan. Secretary of State John Kerry is in Kabul meeting with President Hamid Karzai to work out an agreement, but two main points seem to be standing in their way.
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As Afghan Presidential Race Begins, Warlords Are Prominent

Afghanistan hopes to reach an important milestone next spring with its first democratic transfer of power. Many familiar faces are vying for the presidency, including a number of powerful warlords. The race will be more about personalities and power bases than policies and political platforms.
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An American Jewish 'Bride' Remembers Her Escape From Kabul

Phyllis Chesler met Abdul-Kareem — a young, wealthy Muslim — in college. They fell in love, got married and, in 1961, traveled to his native Afghanistan together. There, Chesler soon found herself a virtual prisoner — an Afghan wife with no rights. An American Bride in Kabul is her memoir of that experience.

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