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Afghans Seek A Homegrown Plan For Security

American troops are leaving volatile Kandahar province by the thousands, handing security over to Afghan forces. But many Afghans don't trust Western forces or their own government to keep them safe. For the past two months, dozens of local leaders have been trying to come up with their own plan to revive Kandahar.
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For Afghan Girl, Going To School Is Act Of Bravery

Like countless other Afghan girls, Rahmaniya yearns to go to school. But her older brother wants her to stop going and to get married — and is threatening to kill her if she doesn't. Her plight highlights the difficulties many girls still face in the Taliban heartland if they want to get an education
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U.S. Drawdown Leaves Afghans With Mixed Feelings

As American troops prepare to leave, Afghans have a wide range of opinions on what it means. Some say the Americans can't leave quickly enough. Others say they fear the country will become more chaotic once U.S. and NATO forces depart.
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Obama Campaigns For Veterans' Mental Health

Speaking at Fort Bliss in Texas on Friday, the president said he is ordering additional help for those with invisible battle scars. He's signed an executive order directing the Veterans Administration to hire 1,600 new mental health professionals and to expand the capacity of its crisis line.
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Officials: 12 Dead In Dual Suicide Attacks At NATO Base In Afghanistan

Afghan officials say two suicide attackers have blown themselves up near a NATO base in the country's east, killing at least 12 people and wounding more than 50.

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