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Amid Strains, U.S. Begins Wind-Down In Afghanistan

As the U.S. military begins to shrink its footprint in Afghanistan, there are still many issues that need to be worked out. No matter which candidate wins the U.S. presidential election, there will be a host of challenges.
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Friday Prayers In Muslim Countries Bring Wider Anti-American Protests

The protests against an anti-Islam film have spread beyond Egypt, Libya and Yemen to countries such as Afghanistan and Indonesia.
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More Clues, Questions About Director Of Anti-Islam Film

The past 24 hours have produced a few answers — but many more questions — about the anti-Islam film that became a flashpoint across North Africa and the Middle East this week. The true identity of the director remains unknown, but it seems certain that his name isn't Sam Bacile.
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Libya Says Four In Custody In Connection To Consulate Attack

A day after armed assailants attacked the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya, violence has spread to Yemen, where protesters stormed the embassy compound before being driven back.
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Software, Not Just Bullets, Puts Military At Odds

For years, the U.S. Army has been using sophisticated data analysis to identify "high-value" targets and dismantle the groups that plant IEDs. With billions of dollars at stake, however, a major battle has erupted over which software the Army should use.
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Army Aims To Use Words, Not Weapons, With Afghans

As the U.S. military steps up training of Afghan troops in preparation for the U.S. withdrawal in 2014, it has also ratcheted up its efforts to train U.S. soldiers in Afghan language and customs. This year, the Army has more than doubled the number of soldiers trained in Pashto and Dari.
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U.S. Hands Over Control Of Bagram Prison To Kabul

The notorious prison at Bagram Air Base outside Kabul has been officially handed over to Afghan officials by U.S. military officials. But questions remain about whether some of its prisoners — including "high value" Taliban operatives — will remain under U.S. control. Afghan President Hamid Karzai had demanded control of the prison known as the Parwan detention facility before he signs a status of forces agreement with the United States.

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