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Should The U.S. Speed Up Afghanistan Withdrawal?

Recent events have renewed calls to pull out U.S. troops before a 2014 deadline. Host Michel Martin hears two perspectives: Iraq war veteran Jon Soltz believes the current counterinsurgency strategy isn't yielding enough results, but Gayle Tzemach Lemmon believes if the U.S. pulls out now, Afghan civil society could face serious consequences.
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The Kandahar Massacre and the Future of U.S. Involvement in Afghanistan

After the deadly rampage against Afghan villagers, President Hamid Karzai called for U.S. and NATO troops to be confined to major bases. The latest on the American soldier accused in the attack and how an accelerated pull-back of combat troops could affect U.S. strategy.

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Pope Benedict Has His Own Custom Cologne

An Italian perfume maker was commissioned to create the pope's cologne. The exact formula is top secret but it's rumored to have hints of lime, verbena and grass — reflecting the pontiffs love of nature.
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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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DNA Used To Identify Argentina's 'Dirty War' Orphans

Morning Edition's Steve Inskeep talks to Francisco Goldman, of The New Yorker, about his article "Children of the Dirty War.'" More than 30 years ago in Argentina, children were stolen from their birth parents. it was a terror campaign waged by the military junta against members of the opposition.

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