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Growing Up An Afghan Warlord's Son

Renee Montagne recently returned from a reporting trip to Afghanistan. While there, she talked to young Afghan men, who are the sons of former warlords. The men who spent their youths fighting the Soviets on the battlefields of Afghanistan, sent their sons to universities abroad.
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War Zone Visit A McCain Trademark

Trips to war zones have become a signature for Sen. John McCain. While some senators use poster board displays on the Senate floor to make their points, McCain goes them one better and by posing in dangerous places alongside wary men with semiautomatic rifles.
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As The Clock Ticks, U.S. Forces Scale Back Afghan Goals

The 12-year U.S. military effort in Afghanistan has sought to drive out extremists and help Afghans rebuild their country. As the American forces prepare to withdraw, the focus is on practical security measures and those ambitious nation-building goals seem to be fading away.
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Soldier Accused In Afghan Shooting Rampage To Plead Guilty

A lawyer for Army Staff Sgt. Robert Bales says the veteran of four combat tours will plead guilty in the deaths of 16 civilians to avoid the death penalty.
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Drone Said To Have Killed Key Pakistani Taliban Commander

Pakistani officials say Waliur Rehman was killed by a suspected U.S. drone strike. The U.S. has been offering a $5 million reward for information about him. Rehman is said to have been involved in a 2009 attack that killed seven Americans in Afghanistan — the worst loss of life in CIA history.
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Bomber Attacks International Red Cross's Afghan Compound

A coordinated attack has struck the offices of the International Red Cross in Jalalabad, Afghanistan, Gunmen reportedly assaulted the compound after a suicide bomber detonated a device at the entrance, where a guard was killed.
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Taliban's Fighting Season A Major Test Of Afghan Forces

The Taliban are steadily increasing their attacks since launching their annual spring offensive a month ago, and this fighting season is particularly critical. It's a test of the Afghan forces, who in another month, are supposed to be leading 100 percent of security operations in Afghanistan. So far, there's guarded optimism they can keep the militants in check.

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