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A Decade Ago, Massoud's Killing Preceded Sept. 11

In Afghanistan, Ahmad Shah Massoud was known as the Lion of Panjshir. And thanks to him, the Panjshir Valley was one of only two places the Taliban never conquered. On Sept. 9, 2001, suicide bombers killed Massoud.
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For U.S. Ambassador, A Decade On The Hot Seat

On Sept. 11, 2001, Ryan Crocker had just gotten off a plane and was stuck in traffic as he watched the twin towers collapse in New York. Now, as the U.S. ambassador to Afghanistan, he acknowledges that the war has been long and expensive, but says it would be even more costly if the U.S. suffered another terror attack on the same scale.
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A Decade After Sept. 11, Al-Qaida Has Morphed

The United States has tracked down and killed many of the most important figures in al-Qaida. But since 2001, the group has established affiliates from North Africa to the Middle East to South Asia.
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For Young Afghans, History's Lessons Lost?

Afghanistan has probably changed more than any other country since the Sept. 11 attacks, and yet most young people have little knowledge of what happened that day, or how it led to the arrival of U.S. troops.
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Growing Violence Clouds Afghanistan's Future

Journalist Alissa J. Rubin has spent most of the past 10 years reporting on the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. On Thursday's Fresh Air, Rubin talks about the growing corruption and violence in Afghanistan, from which 33,000 U.S. troops are expected to withdraw by the summer of 2012.
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Post-Taliban Jalalabad Fighting For Stability, Hope

The Afghan city of Jalalabad is where top al-Qaida leaders were last seen as they fled Kabul after the attacks against the U.S. on Sept. 11. The city then went on to become a hot bed of insurgent activity. A decade after Sept. 11, the city is trying to stay at peace.

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