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After Quran Burnings, U.S. To Review Afghan Mission

The deadly violence in Afghanistan over the burning of Qurans by the U.S. military has brought the American-led NATO mission to a crossroads. Among the dead have been four Americans — two of them by an Afghan policeman inside a supposedly highly secure government ministry building. The U.S. pulled all its advisers from those ministries.
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Obama Gets Heat For Koran Burning Apology

Obama administration officials sent apologies after fatal riots broke out in Afghanistan, following the burning of Korans. But was saying sorry necessary? Host Michel Martin talks with two Muslim Americans with differing views: Arsalan Iftikhar, author of Islamic Pacifism, and Asra Nomani, who trains the U.S. military on cultural sensitivity.
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Afghan Violence Raises Questions About U.S. Strategy

The U.S. military plans to steadily wind down its role in Afghanistan over the next three years. But with the recent attacks against U.S. forces, will the military have to revise its approach?
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US Strategy In Afghanistan Questioned Amid Violence

Recent events in Afghanistan, including violence since the inadvertent burning of Qurans and the murder of two American officers in Kabul, are challenging core assumptions of US strategy in Afghanistan. The Obama administration has planned to wind down US involvement in the war by training Afghan forces to take over the mission. Whether the Afghans and Americans can even trust each other is now being questioned.
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White House: Afghanistan Strategy Won't Change

Robert Siegel talks with White House Deputy National Security Adviser Ben Rhodes about the challenges for the United States in working with the Afghan government and security forces, following the Quran burning incident. Rhodes says the United States continues its partnership with Afghan security forces. Rhodes adds that while there is concern about the anger the incident has stirred in Afghanistan, the White House believes the majority of the Afghan people still do not support the Taliban.
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Will Killings Over Quran Burnings Lead To Faster Pullout From Afghanistan?

The plan has been for U.S. and NATO military personnel to be be in Afghanistan at least another two years to advise the Afghan military. Attacks and protests, though, are making it increasingly difficult to perform that mission.

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