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Despite Many Threats, Afghan TV Satire Mocks The Powerful

Afghanistan's top political comedy sketch show mocks aspects of day-to-day life in hopes of shaming the government to clean up its act. The cast of Zang-e-Khatar, or Danger Bell, has tackled everything from corruption to bad roads, and they've received death threats for doing it.
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Investigation Reveals A Military Payroll Rife With Glitches

A new investigative report from Reuters special enterprise correspondent Scot Paltrow details how the antiquated and error-ridden payroll system for the U.S. military is erroneously cutting soldiers' paychecks and causing terrible hardship.
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Despite Repeated Tries, Afghan Peace Efforts Still Sputter

The latest effort, like others before it, has gone nowhere. With American combat troops planning to leave by the end of next year, the opportunities for peace talks are dwindling.
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Report Finds Major Waste In Afghanistan Reconstruction

Reports from the office of the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction show mind-numbing spending decisions on military facilities that will never be used. In addition there are details about multi-million dollar waste incinerators that are sitting idle — while troops continue to inhale unhealthy air from open burn pits. Robert Siegel talks to the special inspector general behind the reports, John Sopko, a former Capitol Hill counsel and organized crime prosecutor.
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'A $34 Million Waste Of The Taxpayers' Money' In Afghanistan

A new U.S. facility in Afghanistan offers 64,000 square feet of space for more than 1,000 military personnel. Finished last November, it cost tens of millions of dollars. It will never be used for its intended purpose, a military inspector says, and it could be demolished.
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U.S. Troop Issue Complicates Diplomacy With Afghanistan

President Obama is considering pulling all U.S. troops out of Afghanistan by the end of next year, but the White House says no decision is imminent. Administration officials say the U.S. and Afghanistan are still talking about whether the U.S. will keep some residual force in Afghanistan after 2014.
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Possible U.S. Troop Withdrawal Plan Worries Afghan Officials

The U.S. and Afghanistan have spent months discussing a long-term security pact that would keep as many as 10,000 U.S. troops in Afghanistan for years to come. But the New York Times and Reuters are reporting that President Obama is now considering removing all troops from Afghanistan by the end of next year. Afghan parliamentarians and officials are reacting with anger — mostly towards President Hamid Karzai. Officials say Afghanistan needs U.S. troops to stay beyond 2014 to prevent the collapse of a fragile security situation, and they blame Karzai for playing games and pushing Obama to the brink.
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Reports: Obama Considers Pulling All Troops From Afghanistan

The U.S. has been planning to leave a small residual force in Afghanistan after 2014. But The New York Times and CNN report that the Obama administration is increasingly frustrated with Afghan President Hamid Karzai.
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What A Fella Has To Do To Get A Drink Around The Muslim World

Trying to keep track of the myriad regulations governing the purchase and consumption of alcohol in Afghanistan and the region beyond could drive a person to drink.
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From Front-Line Soldier To Trainer, An Afghan Odyssey

Sgt. Chris Cunningham has served five tours in Afghanistan, surviving some of the past decade's most horrific fighting. These days, his excitement about war has been replaced by a grim wisdom — and the heavy responsibility of teaching Afghan soldiers and honoring fallen comrades.

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