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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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As The Clock Ticks, Americans Train Afghan Troops

The U.S. plans to end its combat mission in Afghanistan in 2014. The Americans are working with the Afghans to make that country's military more self-sufficient, but even teaching the small things can take time.
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What Killed Soldier In Afghanistan Who Died While Skyping With His Wife?

Army Capt. Bruce Kevin Clark suddenly fell forward, his wife says. She saw it happen because they were video chatting. But much mystery remains. She says she saw a bullet hole. The military says he had no injuries.
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'Strategic Release' Program Has Set Free Some Afghan Insurgents

In a bid to tamp down violence, the U.S. has been keeping diplomatic channels to the Taliban open in part by releasing some of its fighters if they pledge to put down their arms.
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Potential Torture Testimony Could Rattle Sept. 11 Case

Khalid Sheikh Mohammed has admitted to masterminding the Sept. 11 attacks, but he and his alleged co-conspirators could plead not guilty in a military courtroom Saturday. That could mean a public airing of how he was treated in U.S. custody — details the government would rather not talk about.
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Portrait Of Bin Laden Emerges In Released Papers

On Thursday, the Army's Combating Terrorism Center at West Point released nearly 200 pages of documents that had been taken from Osama bin Laden's hideaway in Pakistan. The documents were seized by Navy SEALs the night bin Laden was killed. The U.S. government turned a small sample over to the West Point center for analysis. The documents offer a glimpse of bin Laden trying to run al-Qaida while in hiding. Dina Temple-Raston speaks with host Audie Cornish about what the papers reveal about bin Laden.

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