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Panetta Reassures Afghans On U.S. Training Role, Possibly Beyond 2014

The bulk of the U.S. military force in Afghanistan is slated to leave the country by 2014. But the Pentagon is willing to keep some Americans there to train Afghan forces, according to a report by NPR's Tom Bowman.
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US To Step Aside On Afghan Night Raids

U.S. and Afghan officials have worked out the details over controversial night raids against suspected Taliban fighters. Now, Afghan Special Forces will take over the raids, and the U.S. will offer support. The night raids were a source of great anger among Afghan people, who hated the Americans bursting into their compounds. The raids were the last stumbling block to a long-term strategic partnership that is expected to be announced at a NATO summit in Chicago in May. Pentagon correspondent Tom Bowman tells the latest to Audie Cornish.
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Dismissed: Military Families Reunite, Face The Future

After a year in Afghanistan, members of the 182nd Infantry Regiment are returning to their homes in the Northeast. As families and soldiers prepare to reunite, both sides are anxious about what lies ahead.
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Dreams Of A Mining Future On Hold In Afghanistan

Pie in the sky reports about vast mineral deposits of copper, iron, uranium and lithium are believed by many in Afghanistan to be the key to the country's future. But a Chinese copper mine east of Kabul is the only one optioned by an international company so far, and it's on hold.
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Watching Your Child Go Off To War

With pride and sadness, writer David Freed watched his son Robert go off to the war in Afghanistan. In a piece in the Los Angeles Times, Freed suggests that politicians who vote or make orders to deploy service members don't understand the full extent of what it means to have a loved one serve.

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