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Afghan Goal: Toning Down The Radical Preachers

Muslim clerics in Afghanistan often denounce the U.S. military presence and speak favorably of the Taliban. The Afghan government is now calling on the clerics to be more moderate, or face penalties.
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Afghan Officials To Ask NATO For More Funds

Reporting from the Afghan capital Kabul, Morning Edition's Renee Montagne talks to Afghanistan's Deputy Foreign Minister Jawed Ludin about the strategic partnership recently negotiated between the U.S., and the case Afghanistan will be making for future economic support.
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Taliban Takes Advantage Of Lull In U.S. Offensive

It's been nearly two months since Sgt. Robert Bales was accused of killing 17 Afghan civilians. After that, U.S. forces essentially stopped carrying out operations in the area of the massacre. As a result, the Taliban has been able to plant more explosives.
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For Afghan Soldiers, A Battle For Respect

Afghan soldiers are taking a more prominent role in the country's security operations, slowly winning the respect of ordinary Afghan citizens. But, the soldiers say, they aren't receiving the same respect or thanks from the government: benefits go missing and proper medical treatment is often scarce.

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