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U.S. Troops Leaving, But Afghan Situation Still Rocky

The U.S. plans to reduce the number of its troops in Afghanistan next year. The current level — about 65,000 — is already well below the peak of about 100,000 American forces.As the war draws down, however, and the troops come home, the challenge in Afghanistan does not get any easier. A new Pentagon report suggests the Taliban remains strong. Weekend Edition Sunday host Rachel Martin talks with NPR Pentagon correspondent Tom Bowman about the latest.
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Navy SEAL Killed During Afghan Rescue Is Identified

Petty Officer 1st Class Nicholas Checque, 28, of Monroeville, Pa., died during the rescue of Dr. Dilip Joseph, an aid worker from Colorado Springs, Colo.
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American Doctor Rescued From Captors In Afghanistan

U.S. forces rescued Dr. Dilip Joseph of Colorado Springs, Colo. He was kidnapped Dec. 5 along with two other aid workers outside Kabul. All three worked for Morning Star Development, a Colorado-based nonprofit. His associated were freed Saturday.
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Afghan Contractors Feeling Drawdown Pinch

For the last decade, NATO and the international community have pumped billions of dollars into construction projects in Afghanistan. Yet with the drawdown of troops also comes a drawdown in the construction of bases and big infrastructure projects — and that's taking a big bite out of the economy and the bottom line of Afghan contractors.
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Kabul's Roads, Paved With Good Intentions

Afghanistan's capital is notorious for rough, often unpaved streets and fetid sewage trenches. A massive construction project has snarled traffic, and frustrated residents and businesses.

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