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Afghan Contractors Feeling Drawdown Pinch

For the last decade, NATO and the international community have pumped billions of dollars into construction projects in Afghanistan. Yet with the drawdown of troops also comes a drawdown in the construction of bases and big infrastructure projects — and that's taking a big bite out of the economy and the bottom line of Afghan contractors.
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Kabul's Roads, Paved With Good Intentions

Afghanistan's capital is notorious for rough, often unpaved streets and fetid sewage trenches. A massive construction project has snarled traffic, and frustrated residents and businesses.
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No Rules In The Great 'Game' Of Afghan Politics

Writer Tamim Ansary was born in Afghanistan, and his new book, Games Without Rules, traces the country's turbulent history over the past two centuries. The title refers both to the game played for control of Afghanistan and the popular sport of buzkashi, a sort of chaotic polo played with a goat carcass.
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Afghans Begin New Exodus, Often At Great Cost

Reversing a decade-old trend, more Afghans are now leaving the country than are returning, as uncertainty grows over the scheduled withdrawal of NATO troops in 2014. For many Afghans, legal migration is out of reach, but that doesn't keep them from sneaking out of their homeland.
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Rights For Afghan Women Improving, But Fragile

Weekend Edition host Rachel Martin speaks with Sakena Yacoobi about her work with women in Afghanistan, and the latest in the story of Pakistani girl Malala Yousafzai, recently shot by the Taliban. Yacoobi is the executive director of the Afghan Institute of Learning in Herat, Afghanistan.
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Joint U.S.-Afghan Base Attacked By Taliban In Eastern Afghanistan

The Associated Press and the BBC are reporting that a joint U.S.-Afghan base in eastern Afghanistan was attacked at that fighting is taking place.

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