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Panetta Makes An Unannounced Trip To Afghanistan

Defense Secretary Leon Panetta has arrived in Afghanistan to review the progress of the war and to discuss plans for withdrawing forces. Panetta's trip comes a day after a Taliban attack in southern Afghanistan left more than 20 people dead and at least 50 wounded.
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Panetta Calls On India To Step Up In Afghanistan

Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta is traveling in India. It's one stop on a tour to establish new strategic ties between the U.S. and key Asian allies. But improving relations with India might not be so simple.
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Suicide Bombers Strike In Afghanistan; More Than 20 Civilians Killed

Officials say that after one bomber set off his explosives, two others did the same as people rushed to the scene. The attacks took place outside a coalition airbase near Kandahar. The Taliban has claimed responsibility.
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'Obama's Secret Wars' Against America's Threats

New York Times chief Washington correspondent David Sanger details how President Obama accelerated the use of innovative weapons to fight the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, and sped up a wave of cyberattacks against Iran to destroy its nuclear centrifuges.
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Afghans Worry Bagram Could Turn Into Guantanamo

Three months ago in Afghanistan, U.S. officials yielded to the demands of President Hamid Karzai and promised to turn over control of the prison at Bagram airbase to Afghan control. But as the process gets underway, neither side seems to agree on the details. There are worries the Americans may have created a Guantanamo-style administrative detention regime that is against Afghan law.
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On The Way Back To Base: 'We're Gonna Get Shot At'

U.S. and Afghan forces are fighting to gain control of a major crossroads in Afghanistan, where NPR photographer David Gilkey has been embedded with U.S. troops. He was with a patrol when it came under fire this week.

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