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Afghan Reporters Maneuver Media Minefields

In Afghanistan, a media boom followed the ouster of the Taliban in 2001, but it hasn't been without problems. Watchdog groups report hundreds of cases of violence and intimidation against journalists, including murder. Afghan reporters have learned which topics are off limits, and they take great care to avoid offending the country's most powerful personalities.
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U.S. Easing Out Of Nation-Building Business

The difficulty and expense associated with nation-building in Iraq and Afghanistan has made the notion of nation-building unpopular with Democrats and Republicans alike. But throughout U.S. history, the idea has always staged a comeback.
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Getting Turkey To The Troops

Guy Raz speaks with Rich Faso, director of customer operations for the Defense Logistic Agency's Troop Support Subsistence supply chain. Faso is in charge of the effort to get Thanksgiving meals to American troops overseas for the holiday.
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U.S. Drawdown Doesn't Satisfy Some Afghans

Afghan leaders have wrapped up their latest grand assembly, known as a loya jirga, where delegates from all over Afghanistan discussed topics key to the country's future. Among the issues they discussed was the level of U.S. involvement after the 2014 drawdown. Host Audie Cornish talks with Alissa Rubin of The New York Times for more.
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New U.S. Strategy On Afghanistan Hinges On Pakistan

A virulent Pakistan-based militant group, known as the Haqqani network, has carried out a recent series of high-profile attacks in Afghanistan that may undermine U.S. plans to withdraw from that country. Now, the U.S. is seeking assistance from Pakistan, which has proved an unreliable ally.
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Afghan Council To Consider U.S. Partnership Pact

Despite threatened attacks by the Taliban, Afghan President Hamid Karzai has convened a grand assembly in the capital Kabul. Among other things being discussed, is the prospect of a strategic partnership with the United States that would keep American troops in the country after the 2014 drawdown.

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