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Marine Thankful To Be Home At Christmas

Earlier this year, NPR's Tom Bowman reported on the high casualty rates experienced by the 3rd Battalion, 5th Regiment of the Marine Corps — the Darkhorse Battalion. This was during their deployment in one of Afghanistan's southern provinces. Morning Edition reached out to a member of that battalion who is home for Christmas this year. Renee Montagne talks to Staff Sgt. James Foley, who joined us on the phone from Camp Pendleton in Southern California.
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Army Charges 8 Soldiers In Connection With Private's Death In Afghanistan

Pvt. Danny Chen's death in October was first said to have been a suicide. But there have been allegations that he was taunted and abused by other soldiers before his death.
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Post-9/11 Vets Face Special Employment Challenges

Lynn Neary speaks with Michael Haynie, executive director of the Institute for Veterans and Military Families at Syracuse University, about the unemployment picture for American veterans. Haynie says veterans from the post-9/11 generation have to overcome not only a tough economy but a special set of challenges, including physical and psychological traumas in war.
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Reports: Afghan Rape Victim Freed, Unclear If She Must Marry Attacker

Gulnaz, the young Afghan woman whose story has spread around the world because she was imprisoned after being raped by a relative, has been released from prison.
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Panetta Deals With Fallout From NATO Attack

Defense Secretary Leon Panetta is in the Afghan capital Kabul to meet with Afghan officials, and try to smooth relations with Pakistan. His trip follows a deadly attack on Pakistani troops by a U.S. drone based in Afghanistan. In response, Pakistan has blocked two routes used to supply U.S. troops.
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For U.S. Troops, Fighting Starts At Afghan Border

The focus of the war in Afghanistan is shifting to its border with Pakistan. Recent high-profile attacks were planned in Pakistan and carried out by militants who crossed through the mountainous border region. Now, the U.S. military is trying to stem that flow.

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