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Peace Deal Process With Taliban Stalls

The Taliban has announced it is suspending peace talks with the U.S. At the same time, Afghan President Hamid Karzai demanded the U.S. pull troops out of rural areas by next year following a deadly shooting spree by an American soldier. These signals have come at an already difficult time for the U.S. in Afghanistan and further complicate the U.S. exit strategy.
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Soldier Accused Of Massacre 'Just Snapped,' Official Says

"A combination of stress, alcohol and domestic issues" were factors, a U.S. official tells The New York Times about the staff sergeant accused of killing 16 civilians.
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Karzai At 'End Of The Rope,' Says Witnesses Dispute U.S. Account Of Killings

The Afghan leader also refers to the information from American military officials that only one soldier, an unidentified Army staff sergeant, was involved as a "supposed" account of what happened.
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U.S., Pakistan At Impasse Over Afghan Supply Routes

It's been nearly four months since a deadly U.S. airstrike led Pakistan to close the main supply arteries for U.S. forces in Afghanistan. The shutdown is forcing the U.S. to turn to costly, less-efficient alternatives.
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Panetta, Karzai Meet After Villagers Are Massacred

Defense Secretary Leon Panetta is in Afghanistan on a long-planned trip that has turned into something of a fence-mending mission. A U.S. soldier is accused of killing 16 Afghan civilians. That attack is the latest in a series of negative events involving U.S. forces.

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