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Afghanistan's Fate Unclear As More Troops Expected To Leave

As President Obama continues to reduce the U.S. troop presence in Afghanistan, some Afghans say they are going to need his help now more than ever. Human rights activists are worried that the government in Afghanistan may be too weak to deal with dramatic changes expected in the next year: the drawdown of U.S. troops, efforts to negotiate peace with the Taliban and elections.

Airstrike In Afghanistan Renews Concerns Over Civilian Casualties

An airstrike in Afghanistan's Kunar province that reportedly killed 10 civilians and four Taliban militants has reignited one of the most toxic political issues in Afghanistan: civilian casualties as a result of U.S. or ISAF strikes. But early investigations suggest that the reality on the ground in Kunar is more complex than initially reported.

Obama To Announce Withdrawal Of 34,000 U.S. Troops From Afghanistan

There were several key developments involving the U.S. military on Tuesday. President Obama was expected to announce in his State of the Union address that the U.S. will bring home 34,000 troops from Afghanistan by this time next year. That will cut the force in half. The Joint Chiefs of Staff also testified before Congress about where they would have to cut the force if across-the-board budget cuts, called sequestration, go into effect. Pentagon correspondent Tom Bowman talks to Melissa Block about the latest developments.

Looming Cuts Could Mean Big Changes For U.S. Military

Without a deal by March 1, across-the-board federal spending cuts will kick in — including deep cuts to the nation's defense budget. Michele Flournoy, former undersecretary of defense for policy, and NPR's Tom Bowman discuss what sequestration might mean for the U.S. military.

Medal Of Honor Recipient Thinks About Men 'He Was Not Able To Save'

During a firefight in Afghanistan, then-Staff Sgt. Clinton Romesha repeatedly put himself in harm's way. At one point, he played peek-a-boo with a sniper. But afterward, he spoke about the soldiers he wasn't able to save. Today at the White House, he got the highest award for valor in action.