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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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Karzai Breaks Off Talks With The Taliban

In a surprising about-face, Afghan President Hamid Karzai appears to be abandoning his government's long-standing effort to hold peace talks with the Taliban in Pakistan, saying they aren't serious about negotiations. NPR's Quil Lawrence reports.
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Al-Qaida's Continuing Loss Of Leadership

An American CIA drone over Yemen this week killed Anwar al Awlaki — an al-Qaida figure who was born in New Mexico and initially fashioned himself as a Muslim-American spokesman. Over the years, Awlaki's message grew much more radical. He started using YouTube to inspire new recruits from the West. To understand how al-Qaida copes with the loss if this and other leaders, weekends on All Things Considered guest host Rachel Martin speaks with Michael Leiter, former head of the National Counterterrorism Center, who's been following Awlaki for years.
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Afghan Factions Vie For Position Amid Civil War Fears

In Afghanistan, ethnic political parties are carving up the government and military in anticipation of renewed factional fighting after Western forces leave the country. Tajik and Pashtun groups, in particular, are placing party faithful in key posts.

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