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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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As Afghan Troops Take The Lead, They Take More Casualties

For many Americans, the war in Afghanistan may feel like it's winding down and interest in the conflict has waned. But in parts of Afghanistan, there's still daily fighting. Afghan troops, who are increasingly on their own, are suffering more casualties than the Americans and NATO troops ever did.
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Dekle First Female President At An Iraqi University

Dawn Dekle has made a career out of running schools in conflict zones. She is the newest president of the American University of Iraq. Previously, she was provost of the American University of Afghanistan. Renee Montagne talks to Dekle about her unique work.
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Marine Generals Forced To Retire A Year After Taliban Attack

Two Marine Corps generals have been asked to resign over an incident in Afghanistan a year ago. Taliban insurgents made their way onto a sprawling base and attacked NATO forces. Two Americans died and six Marine fighter jets were destroyed. The two generals reprimanded in the matter were found to bear responsibility for underestimating the threat to base security.
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Study: Effectiveness Of U.S. Drone Strikes Doubtful

The meta-analysis suggests that such attacks that kill militant leaders in Pakistan have little or no effect on the level of insurgent violence in neighboring Afghanistan.
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U.S. Soldier Fights For Afghan Interpreter Who Saved His Life

The American military's Special Immigrant Visa Program is designed to grant those in Iraq and Afghanistan who help U.S. forces get visas, especially those whose actions put them in danger. But an interpreter who took up arms to save an American soldier and now faces Taliban death threats has been forced into hiding.
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A Young Afghan War Survivor Touches Two American Lives

Last year, two sisters took in Arefa, a badly burned Afghan girl, while she received medical treatment in the U.S. The sisters were ecstatic to host a goofier and wigglier Arefa during a return visit this summer, but they say the U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan may make future reunions difficult.
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Pakistan, Iraq See Uptick In Suicide Bombings

To try to understand what's behind the rise in gruesome attacks, Steve Inskeep talks to Vali Nasr, who is the dean of the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies. He has served as a senior adviser to the U.S. special representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan.
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Afghan Soccer Team's Win Fuels National Pride

Afghanistan's national soccer team has achieved what no other institution has managed to do recently: unify the country. The team won a tough South Asian tournament last week, and Afghans across the country took to the streets to fire their guns and celebrate. Renee Montagne talks to Ahmad Arash Hatifie, who plays midfield for Afghanistan.
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For Wounded Vets, Climbing Half Dome Only Half The Mission

This week, a group of Iraq and Afghanistan war veterans, many with disabilities, marked Sept. 11 by climbing two peaks in Yosemite National Park. Climbing as a team, they say, gives them an opportunity to recapture what they miss about the military: a sense of camaraderie with a shared challenge.

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