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Next Afghan War Commander To Re-Evaluate U.S. Response

The war in Afghanistan is getting a new commander even as events there are not going well. The Taliban control the most territory since the U.S. invasion, and Afghan government casualties continue to mount. NPR takes a look at how American forces might respond.
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White House Nominates New Commander For Afghanistan

Amid concerns about setbacks in the fight against the Taliban, President Obama has tapped Lt. Gen. John "Mick" Nicholson to take charge of international forces.
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Taliban Makes Good On A Promise To Target Afghan Media Networks

A suicide bomb attack killed six journalists from Afghanistan's independent television station, Tolo TV. Renee Montagne talks to Saad Mohseni, CEO Of Moby Group, the media company that owns Tolo TV.
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Canadian Hostage Freed By The Taliban After 5 Years In Captivity

Canadian officials gave no details about how Colin Rutherford's release happened, but thanked the government of Qatar for its help.
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U.S. Forces Increasingly Drawn Back Into Afghanistan's Battles

The president said the U.S. combat mission is over, but a Green Beret died Tuesday during an assault on Taliban forces. "Americans are very much in the thick of these fights," says a retired general.
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Latest U.S. Casualties Raise Questions About U.S. Role In Afghanistan

One special operations soldier was killed and two others were wounded in a firefight in Afghanistan. A Pentagon spokesman insists that U.S. soldiers are there to "train, advise and assist."
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What Hashtagged In 2015? Periods, Refugees And Nigerians At Hogwarts

If it didn't hashtag, did it really happen? We look back on the trendiest hashtags in global development in 2015.
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Asia Expert: Taliban's Resurgence Threatens Afghanistan's Stability

Andrew Wilder, vice president of Asia programs at the United States Institute of Peace, speaks with NPR'S Scott Simon about why the war in Afghanistan intensified in 2015.
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Struggling To Absorb Asylum-Seekers, Germany Steps Up Deportations

Germany has been generous in welcoming refugees, but is stepping up deportations to dissuade more from coming. Chancellor Angela Merkel says many Afghans seeking asylum shouldn't expect to stay.
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U.S. Launches Airstrikes In Support Of Afghan Operation In Sangin

NPR's Robert Siegel interviews Sune Engel Rasmussen, who covers Afghanistan for the Guardian, about the latest on the siege of Sangin in southern Afghanistan, which the Taliban attempted to overrun. U.S. aircraft have carried out two attacks there in support of Afghan government forces fighting to push the Taliban back.

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