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Panetta Met With Security Breach In Afghanistan

Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta is in Afghanistan on Wednesday. As he arrived, a vehicle exploded at the base where the secretary was scheduled to speak. Panetta is unhurt, and it's not clear whether it was an attack on the secretary or not. His long-planned trip comes in the middle of a crisis in relations between the U.S. and Afghanistan. The U.S. is investigating the killings of 16 Afghan civilians, apparently committed by a U.S. soldier.
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For Afghans, Two Outrages, Two Different Reactions

When U.S. troops inadvertently burned Qurans last month, it triggered large-scale rioting across Afghanistan that led to dozens of deaths. By comparison, the Afghan reaction has been comparatively muted so far to the shooting deaths of 16 innocent civilians. Why the difference?
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In Afghanistan, Panetta Says Mission Continues

At Camp Leatherneck in southern Afghanistan, the defense secretary urged troops to not be deterred from their mission and continue "to make life difficult" for the Taliban and al-Qaida. He'll try to repair relations frayed by recent incidents.
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Westmacott: Afghan Plan Makes Sense

British Prime Minister David Cameron is in Washington for talks with President Obama. British Ambassador to the U.S. Peter Westmacott talks to Steve Inskeep about what's likely to dominate the agenda of the two leaders: Afghanistan.
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Obama Stays Committed To Timeline In Afghanistan

Robert Siegel talks to Zalmay Khalilzad, former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations and Afghanistan, about U.S. policy in that country.

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