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Afghans Fear Their Country Will Fall Back Into War

Earlier this week, President Barack Obama and Afghan President Hamid Karzai signed a strategic partnership agreement in the Afghan capital Kabul. The deal put a spotlight on a future Afghanistan that does not include a massive number of American and NATO troops.
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What The Afghanistan Deal Means For U.S. Troops

President Obama and Afghan President Hamid Karzai signed a long-term partnership agreement on Tuesday in Kabul. The deal calls for the U.S. to remain engaged in Afghanistan for another decade, even as U.S. combat troops are withdrawn. Still, there are few details in the agreement. Pentagon correspondent Tom Bowman is in Kandahar, Afghanistan, and talks to Audie Cornish about the practical implications of the new deal.
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About 25,000 Troops May Be Needed In Afghanistan After 2014, Planners Say

NATO would likely contribute some of the forces, but the U.S. would supply the bulk. They would include trainers as well as thousands of Green Berets and other special operations troops who would work with Afghans on counter-terror missions.
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We Had Dinner With Bin Laden In 2010, Men Tell BBC

Two men claim the al-Qaida leader traveled in a large convoy to a tribal area on the border with Afghanistan. He reportedly attended a dinner with some local elders. That conflicts with reports he was in hiding the last five years of his life.
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'Afghan Good Enough' May Be Best U.S. And Allies Can Do

Anthony Cordesman of the Center for Strategic and International Studies doubts Afghan security forces will be able to secure all that country. The U.S. and its allies may have to settle for "good enough," he says.
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Obama, Karzai Sign Partnership Pact In Afghanistan

President Obama made an unannounced visit to Afghanistan Tuesday, and delivered a prime-time address to the American public. While there, he signed a new, long-term partnership agreement with the Afghan government, and marked the anniversary of Osama bin Laden's death with U.S. troops.

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