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As Karzai Visits U.S., What Are The Prospects For Afghan Peace?

France recently hosted discussions between Afghan and Taliban officials. The meetings again raised the possibility of negotiations to end the fighting in Afghanistan, though many analysts remain deeply skeptical.
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Death Penalty Possible In Court Martial Of Army Sgt. Accused Of Afghan Killings

The U.S. military hasn't executed anyone since 1961. Staff Sgt. Robert Bales is accused of murdering 16 Afghan civilians during a nighttime rampage in two villages.
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Afghan Bomb Attack Kills Young Girls

An official says at least 10 young girls were killed in eastern Afghanistan Saturday when a bomb went off as they were gathering firewood. It was not immediately clear if the explosion was caused by a newly planted bomb or a previously unexploded landmine, left over from decades of conflict.
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Afghan Woman Carves Out An Entrepreneurial Niche

Despite more than a decade of international efforts to support women in Afghanistan, female entrepreneurs remain relatively rare. But one Afghan woman is trying to show the men a thing or two about making high-quality furniture in Afghanistan.
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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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