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Most Afghans Now Optimistic, Survey Signals; How Real Is That Result?

For the first time in eight years of doing surveys of Afghans, the Asia Foundations reports that more than half say the country is headed in the right direction. But some respondents might have been saying what they thought pollsters wanted to hear.
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Army Prosecutors Outline Case In Afghan Massacre

In eight days of hearings, Army prosecutors in Washington State laid out the case against Staff Sgt. Robert Bales. He's the U.S. soldier charged with killing and wounding 23 Afghan civilians in a rampage this past March. Bales' pretrial hearing concluded Tuesday. Now the Army will decide whether the evidence supports a full court martial.
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Pakistan Fears Afghan Spillover Of Chaos, Refugees

Pakistan is growing increasingly worried about the threat of civil war in Afghanistan when U.S. and other Western forces withdraw in 2014. In recent decades, Pakistan has seen an influx of refugees and turmoil as a result of war in Afghanistan and hopes to avoid that outcome this time.
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Pentagon Probes 'Inappropriate' Emails By Gen. Allen

There's a new twist to the Gen. David Petraeus scandal. The Pentagon announced the top American commander in Afghanistan, Gen. John Allen, is under investigation for alleged "inappropriate communications" with a woman who is said to have received threatening emails from Paula Broadwell. That's the woman with whom Petraeus had an extramarital affair.
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Afghans Brace For U.S. Departure In 2014

U.S. and NATO forces will still be around for about two more years. But some Afghans fear a return of the Taliban, a civil war or economic collapse will follow a pullout by Western forces. Afghanistan also has a presidential election in 2014 that could reshape the country.

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