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New Democracies Face Challenges From Old Militias

The question of how to safely unwind an insurgency like the one in Libya is nothing new, but that doesn't make it any easier for the new leaders there or in other Arab states.
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The Path Ahead For The U.S., NATO And Afghanistan

NATO has suspended some joint operations and training with the Afghan Army and police. While the suspension is temporary, it raises serious questions about the role of U.S. troops in Afghanistan, and whether or not Afghans will be ready to take control of their own security in 2014.
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One Afghan Girl's Healing Journey To The U.S.

Arefa, 6, suffered a life-threatening wound on her head as well as severe burns when her family's tent in Afghanistan was engulfed in flames from an IED. Doctors treating her at a hospital in Los Angeles say her struggle to stay alive for three years is nothing short of a miracle.
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As Last Surge Troops Leave, Some Afghans Take Up Arms Against Taliban

The top U.S. commander in Afghanistan is comparing an uprising against Taliban rule in Andar, Afghanistan, to the "Anbar Awakening" in Iraq that helped turn the tide against al-Qaida in that nation.
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British Soldier Gives Birth In Afghanistan

The new mother is a gunner at a NATO base in Helmand Provence which came under attack just days before Tuesday's birth. Britain's Ministry of Defense says the baby was conceived before the soldier deployed, and that she didn't realize she was pregnant. Mother and baby are now headed home.

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