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Families Feel Sidelined As U.S. Reviews Hostage Policy

The White House is reviewing how it handles hostage crises following the brutal murders of Americans abroad, but families of hostages say they're often left out of the conversation.
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Female Afghan Lawmaker Survives Suicide Bomb Attack

Shukria Barakzai, an ally of newly elected President Ashraf Ghani who has fought for women's rights, was only slightly wounded in the attack.
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Afghanistan's Opium Harvest Sets New Record

An annual U.N. report finds that more than 550,000 acres were cultivated with opium poppies this year — that's approaching the total land area of Rhode Island.
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Afghan Police Suffer Uptick In Casualty Numbers

As western military forces withdraw from Afghanistan, Afghan security forces are coming under increasing pressure. About 9,000 have been killed in the last two years, mostly on the police side.
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Afghanistan's Way Forward: A Talk With Gen. John Campbell, Decoded

Gen. John Campbell leads the U.S. forces in Afghanistan. On Veterans Day, he offers his assessment of the war as the U.S. winds down its presence and hands over responsibility to the Afghans.
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Detainee Held In Afghanistan Makes U.S. Appearance In Terrorism Trial

Irek Hamidullan, a Russian Taliban member, is the first military detainee from Afghanistan to appear in a federal court.
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Wounded In Combat, U.S. Troops Go Back For A 'Proper Exit'

For some U.S. troops who left Iraq and Afghanistan by medevac, a return trip to these countries allows them to depart on their own terms.
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With Marines Gone, Can The Afghan Army Hold Off The Taliban?

The Marines have departed their biggest base in southern Afghanistan, the scene of heavy fighting throughout the war. This will be one of the main proving grounds for the Afghan army.
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U.S. Marines Leave Afghanistan, Along With British Force

The coalition base in southern Helmand Province was first established nearly 6 years ago. For Britain, the day brought an end to 13 years of military operations in Afghanistan.
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With New President, Economic Optimisim Returns To Afghanistan

For most of 2014, Afghanistan was suffering from economic paralysis as its presidential election teetered on the brink of collapse. The inauguration of President Ashraf Ghani eased tensions and buoyed optimism that business will turn around.

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