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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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Bin Laden Papers Show Him Frustrated, Marginalized

The former al-Qaida leader was planning attacks throughout his years in Pakistan, which included a wish to kill President Obama. But the plots were far beyond the capability of his weakened organization. And bin Laden was upset with the actions of affiliated groups he couldn't control.
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A Look At Bin Laden's Letters To Confidants

Some of the documents found during the raid on Osama bin Laden's hideaway in Pakistan were released Thursday. West Point's Combating Terrorism Center has been reviewing those documents.
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Bin Laden Documents Go Online, Show Frustration With Followers

West Point's Combating Terrorism Center says the "most compelling story" from the documents is the frustration shown by the al-Qaida leader with the terrorist network's affiliates.
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Afghans Fear Their Country Will Fall Back Into War

Earlier this week, President Barack Obama and Afghan President Hamid Karzai signed a strategic partnership agreement in the Afghan capital Kabul. The deal put a spotlight on a future Afghanistan that does not include a massive number of American and NATO troops.

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