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Panetta Condemns Latest U.S. Troop Photo Scandal

Newly-published photos show U.S. troops in Afghanistan posing with the dead bodies of insurgents. The incident, first reported by The Los Angeles Times, occurred in 2010. It's the latest setback for the military's counterinsurgency strategy, which depends on winning the hearts and minds of the Afghan people.
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After The U.S. Leaves, Who Pays For Afghan Forces?

Defense Secretary Leon Panetta travels to Brussels this week to meet with NATO ministers. The U.S. is desperate to get NATO countries to pony up more money for Afghanistan, to keep the security effort from collapsing once NATO pulls out and Afghan forces take over.
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Taliban's 'Spring Offensive' Leaves 15 Dead

The Taliban's so-called "spring offensive" started off with a bang with weekend attacks in Kabul and other cities. The capital is reportedly quiet now but the situation elsewhere is unclear. The casualty toll appears to be relatively low but the scope of the attack demonstrates the insurgents' capacity to strike almost anywhere. Audie Cornish talks to NPR's Quil Lawrence.
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Taliban Claims Responsibility For Afghan Attacks

The Taliban has claimed responsibility for Sunday's multiple attacks in the Afghan capital Kabul. U.S. officials are praising Afghan forces, but questions remain about how the insurgents were able to infiltrate the most secure parts of the capital.

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