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No. 2 U.S. Commander In Afghanistan Would Like 68,000 Troops Into Next Year

While the American public and some White House officials would like to see more troop reductions as 2012 ends and 2013 begins, Lt. Gen. Curtis Scaparrotti says it's likely troop levels will need to hold steady "through the first part of the year."
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For U.S. Troops, One More Big Push In Afghanistan

U.S. soldiers are trying to deal a crippling blow to the Taliban in the eastern Afghan province of Ghazni. It's one of the last major Taliban strongholds, but the American forces are trying to do the job on a short timetable.
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Afghan Female Boxers Strike A Blow For Girl Power

Women in Afghanistan have few opportunities to play sports, and they have no history of boxing. But one persistent coach has built a team, and one of his boxers is headed to the London Olympics.
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Afghans Who Helped U.S. Forces Still Hope For Visas

Afghans hired to help U.S. forces in Afghanistan say Congress should keep its promise to grant them visas to America. Despite death threats from the Taliban, thousands of Afghans have worked with Americans since the war in Afghanistan began. Most say they wanted to serve their country, but they also hoped to win visas to America. But since 2009, the number of U.S. visas awarded has slowed to a trickle.

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