This Father's Day, members of the 182nd National Guard regiment are home with their families. But in the year they were in Afghanistan, there was a lot they missed. "Overnight, your lives have changed," one soldier says. "Your son has grown up one year, and you kind of have to catch up."
NPR's Pentagon correspondent, Tom Bowman, recently spent several weeks in Afghanistan following the last major combat offensive in the region. He and Andrew Exum of the Center for a New American Security talk about the situation on the ground just two years shy of the withdrawal deadline.
Defense Secretary Leon Panetta has arrived in Afghanistan to review the progress of the war and to discuss plans for withdrawing forces. Panetta's trip comes a day after a Taliban attack in southern Afghanistan left more than 20 people dead and at least 50 wounded.
Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta is traveling in India. It's one stop on a tour to establish new strategic ties between the U.S. and key Asian allies. But improving relations with India might not be so simple.
Officials say that after one bomber set off his explosives, two others did the same as people rushed to the scene. The attacks took place outside a coalition airbase near Kandahar. The Taliban has claimed responsibility.
New York Times chief Washington correspondent David Sanger details how President Obama accelerated the use of innovative weapons to fight the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, and sped up a wave of cyberattacks against Iran to destroy its nuclear centrifuges.
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