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Afghan Elders Will Decide Future Of U.S. Troops After 2014

Some 3,000 Afghan elders will assemble on Thursday in Kabul to consider a new security agreement with the U.S. The document will spell out the rules for American forces in Afghanistan troops after their combat mission ends in December 2014. U.S. officials say between 6,000 and 9,000 US troops would remain to train Afghan security forces and conduct counter-terror missions against al-Qaeda and other anti-government forces. That counter-terror mission remains a sticking point, though most other issues — like potential criminal liability of Americans in Afghanistan — have been resolved.
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How Will Afghan Forces Fare As NATO Troops Draw Down?

The onset of winter in Afghanistan usually means an end to the so-called fighting season. That may not hold this year as the Taliban vow to pursue an aggressive campaign in advance of a presidential election.
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Suicide Bombing Causes Multiple Deaths In Afghanistan

The explosion happened near the site of an upcoming gathering of Afghan elders. There was no immediate claim of responsibility.
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Afghan Farmers: Opium Is The Only Way To Make A Living

Opium poppy cultivation has hit a record level, according to a new U.N. report. Western countries have been trying to eradicate the poppies for years. Yet it remains the single largest economic sector in places like the southern province of Helmand.
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Despite Western Efforts, Afghan Opium Crop Hits Record High

The U.N.'s 2013 Afghanistan Opium Survey also said production in 2013 rose 49 percent over 2012 levels. The increased production comes as international troops prepare to withdraw from the country in 2014.
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What Happens To Guantanamo After The War In Afghanistan Ends?

U.S. combat operations in Afghanistan are set to end after next year. So if the fighting stops, does the war on terror end? What does the end of the war mean for the detention center in Cuba and on drone strikes in Afghanistan?
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Afghan Air Force Races To Prepare For Solo Mission

Afghanistan's rugged terrain and limited roads make military aircraft essential for troop movement, delivering supplies and medevac. The fledgling Afghan air force has a limited number of pilots, planes and spare parts, and NATO says it will take at least three more years to build up the force.
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Pakistani Taliban Chief Killed In U.S. Drone Strike

U.S. and Taliban officials have told various news agencies that Hakimullah Mehsud was killed in the tribal North Waziristan region of Pakistan.
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Case Of Marines Desecrating Taliban Bodies Takes A New Twist

Several Marines were disciplined after a videotape surfaced showing them urinating on dead Taliban members in Afghanistan in 2011. The case seemed to be over, but now there are allegations that the top Marine officer, Gen. James Amos, intervened in an attempt to get a harsher punishment.
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Afghan Translator Credited With Saving Soldier Arrives In U.S.

Last month, NPR told the story of an Army captain working to get his Afghan translator out of Afghanistan and to safety. Matt Zeller says his translator saved his life in combat. Under U.S. law, it's possible for Afghans who worked for American forces to get a visa to move to the United States. But Zeller's translator's case had been derailed. Now the translator has finally made it to America.

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