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Taliban Attack In Kabul Comes Ahead Of Peace Negotiations

Suicide bombers attacked multiple buildings in Kabul, including Afghanistan's presidential palace, early Tuesday. Robert Siegel talks with The New York Times Kabul bureau chief, Alissa Rubin, about the attack and its timing in relation to negotiations with the Taliban.
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Attackers Killed During 'Brazen Assault' Near Afghan Palace

The Taliban has claimed responsibility for Tuesday's assault in Kabul. The attack raises questions about the chances for peace talks between that group and the Afghan government.
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U.S. Army To Scrap $7 Billion In Equipment In Afghanistan

Military planners for the U.S. Army have decided not to ship back more than $7 billion of equipment — about 20 percent of what the Army brought into Afghanistan. Much of the equipment is being dismantled and sold to the scrap market there — one of the largest military retrogrades in history.
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What's In A Name? A Lot If You're A Country

The Afghan government reportedly pulled out of talks because the Taliban used the name Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan on the plaque of its office in Qatar. It's not the only time disputed names have stymied diplomacy. We look at some past examples.
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A Plaque And A Flag: U.S. Tries To Rescue Taliban Peace Talks

U.S. officials promised to remove a nameplate and flag from the Taliban office in Qatar. But the Afghan government remained furious and committed to staying out of the talks.
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Hopeful Week In Afghanistan Turns Sour

The Obama administration sounded a hopeful note on Afghanistan earlier this week. It was announced that Afghan forces had taken the lead on security and that the Taliban was opening an office in Qatar, giving hope for renewed peace talks. Within hours, a Taliban attack killed four Americans and Afghan officials called off their talks with the U.S. Renee Montagne talks Alissa Rubin, Kabul bureau chief for The New York Times, for details.
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After A Marine's Suicide, A Family Recalls Missed Red Flags

When Nicholas Rodriguez returned from Afghanistan in 2010, his mother and stepfather had never heard of post-traumatic stress disorder. It was only after Nick killed himself that they learned the warning signs and realized he needed help dealing with his combat experience.
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A Look Ahead To The Future Of Afghanistan

Twelve years after the war began, Afghanistan's president announced Tuesday that Afghan forces officially assumed control of security for the country. U.S. and NATO troops will remain until the 2014 deadline, but the Afghan military is now expected to fight without NATO support.
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Syrian Strife Draws In Neighbors, Global Players

Iran, Israel, Russia and Saudi Arabia are among the key global stakeholders in the conflict that has taken an estimated 93,000 lives. Here's a look at what some of them stand to gain — or lose.
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Friction Among Afghans A Threat To Post-U.S. Mission

By this time next year, there will be roughly half as many U.S. troops in Afghanistan as there are today. And for U.S. strategy in the country to work, Afghan security forces will have to hold off the Taliban after the Americans leave. But it's unclear if the Afghans will all stand together.

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