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Roth Discusses U.S. Intervention In Uganda

Human Rights Watch has long lobbied the U.S. government to take action against the Lord's Resistance Army, a rebel group that has terrorized central Africa since the 1980s. Human Rights Watch Executive Director Kenneth Roth talks to Melissa Block about President Obama's announcement late last week that about 100 members of the U.S. military will be sent to Uganda to help the local government combat the rebels.
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U.S. Sends Troops To Uganda

President Obama told Congress he is sending troops to Uganda and neighboring countries. The numbers aren't big: About a hundred American military advisers are going. But they have a significant job. They're tasked with helping African troops pursue members of the Lord's Resistance Army. Robert Siegel talks to NPR's Michele Kelemen for more.
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How Will Cleric's Death Affect Al-Qaida Branch?

A new report says last month's killing of a radical cleric in Yemen by an American drone may do little to weaken the al-Qaida affiliate to which he belonged. Anwar al-Awlaki, an American with Yemeni roots, had been on the U.S. capture or kill list for more than a year. Intelligence officials deemed he was working with al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula, which is one of the deadliest al-Qaida affiliates.
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Defending Defense Contracts: Programs Turn To PR

The Obama administration wants 10 percent — or $450 billion — in defense cuts over the next decade. It's the first time since 2001 that the Defense Department has had to fight for funding. That has meant lobbying Congress and even going to the public for support.
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How Close Is Al-Qaida To Defeat?

Because U.S. efforts to capture or kill key al-Qaida figures have been so effective, some say the group's core could collapse if a few more members are eliminated. Others say al-Qaida affiliates are gathering strength, and any victory over the core will be a hollow one.
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U.S. Will Try To 'Put Iran In A Vise'

Some members of Congress are saying an alleged Iranian assassination plot amounts to an act of war. The Obama administration has already placed new sanctions on Iran but is not considered likely to pursue military action.

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