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Obama's Foreign Policy, Take Two

As President Barack Obama prepares to enter a second term, he faces a host of foreign policy issues. Syria presents an immediate crisis, China poses a strategic challenge and tensions with Iran continue to escalate.
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Afghan Women Make Their Mark On The Soccer Field

The women's soccer team in Afghanistan isn't an international powerhouse. But their mere existence is a triumph and points to the growing number of Afghan women playing sports. And they're getting a little help from an American soccer star.
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Afghanistan's Love Of The Big Screen

Unless you've been to Afghanistan, your imagination probably conjures up a pretty bleak picture of what has been a war-torn country for decades. Photographer Jonathan Saruk hopes to change that.
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Moral Injury: The Psychological Wounds Of War

"Moral injury" is a term used in the mental health community to describe the psychological damage servicemembers face when their actions in battle contradict their moral beliefs. Thought it isn't diagnosable, doctors and veterans are searching for ways to support those who have experienced this inner conflict.
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Prisoner Release Shifts Pakistan's Afghan Policy

In what is considered a good-faith gesture, Pakistan last week released at least nine Afghan Taliban prisoners. The move is seen as part of a new strategy by Pakistan as it eyes the looming drawdown of U.S. and Western troops in Afghanistan — and a small but potentially important breakthrough in the peace process.
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Pakistan's Overture To Taliban Concerns Afghans

Many Afghans are wondering about the timing and motive of Pakistan's release last week of at least nine Taliban prisoners. They say mistrust born of decades of duplicity won't vanish with a few declarations or small gestures.
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The Long Walk To Defuse A Ticking Bomb

If you've seen the film The Hurt Locker, you probably remember a scene where a bomb defuser in an 80-pound Kevlar suit takes the long walk to extinguish an unexploded bomb. Brian Castner spent years as an explosive ordinance disposal officer in the U.S. Air Force, and knows that long walk well.
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Most Afghans Now Optimistic, Survey Signals; How Real Is That Result?

For the first time in eight years of doing surveys of Afghans, the Asia Foundations reports that more than half say the country is headed in the right direction. But some respondents might have been saying what they thought pollsters wanted to hear.

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