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Taliban Plans To Set Up Political Office In Qatar

The Taliban announces it will soon open a political office in the Persian Gulf state of Qatar. The move could set the stage for negotiations on an end to the Afghan war. But the State Department reiterated that the process will only succeed if the Taliban renounces violence, severs ties with al-Qaida and abides by the Afghan constitution.
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Marine On Trial For Deaths Of 24 Iraqis In 2005

An explosion set off a series of shootings by a U.S. Marine squad in Haditha in one of the war's more controversial incidents. The military trial starts this week for the squad's leader, the only Marine still facing charges in the killings. Others were acquitted or had the charges against them dropped.
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Terrorists Struggle To Gain Recruits On The Web

Terror groups are using social media to find new followers. But analysts say if you look at the recruiting numbers, the strategy has failed. What's more, their frank exchanges on Facebook and Twitter have been a boon to law enforcement.
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Tense U.S.-Pakistani Relations Mark 2011

It has been a particularly tumultuous year for U.S.-Pakistan relations. Washington has spent much of the year trying to calm Pakistani anger over several high-profile incidents, including the killing of Osama bin Laden by U.S. Special Forces, and NATO airstrikes that left 24 Pakistani soldiers dead. But the U.S. has had its share of frustration with Pakistan's leaders, and outgoing chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Adm. Mike Mullen openly accused the country's intelligence agency of supporting the Taliban and other militants. Despite the rancor, both sides say they need the other. Still, it doesn't appear relations will improve much in 2012, especially as the U.S. inches closer to withdrawing from Afghanistan.
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Anonymous Arm Says It Hacked Stratfor

In Texas, a private intelligence company has apparently been hacked by the loosely organized activist group Anonymous. Some members claim they obtained personal information about Stratfor's clients, as well as thousands of credit cards numbers which were then used to make donations to charities. But other members have disavowed the hacking job. Freelance journalist Quinn Norton, who has profiled Anonymous for Wired Magazine, talks to Linda Wertheimer about the breach.
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Monumental Year For U.S. National Security

With the end of the war in Iraq, the end of a skyrocketing defense budget and the end of Osama bin Laden, 2011 was a milestone year in the world of national security. To put it all into perspective, NPR's national security correspondent Rachel Martin speaks with host Audie Cornish.
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U.S. Offers Reward For Information On Al-Suri

Robert Siegel speaks to Juan Zarate, a senior adviser to the Center for Strategic and International Studies, about the $10 million reward the State Department is offering for information on the whereabouts of Yasin al-Suri. The government says al-Suri is a financier for al-Qaida operating out of Iran.

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