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How Afghanization Can Work
www.cfr.org-December 02, 2011
If past is prologue, the December 5 Bonn conference, which aims to shore up international support for Afghanistan, will conclude with promises that will almost certainly remain unfulfilled, like the Kabul and London conferences before it, and the barely noticed Istanbul conference last month.
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Marines To Wind Down Afghan Combat In 2012
http://news.yahoo.com-November 26, 2011
U.S. Marines will march out of Afghanistan by the thousands next year, winding down combat in the Taliban heartland and testing the U.S. view that Afghan forces are capable of leading the fight against a battered but not yet beaten insurgency in the country's southwestern reaches, American military officers say.
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Terrorist Talks A Waste Of Time, Afghans Say
www.washingtontimes.com-November 08, 2011
A group of senior Afghan lawmakers says the Obama administration is wasting its time in trying to make peace with the Haqqani Network, a Pakistan-based terrorist group that U.S. officials have accused of killing Americans and attacking the U.S. Embassy in Afghanistan.
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Marine General: Afghans Will Take Lead
www.sandiegiouniontribune.com-November 02, 2011
As the U.S. begins to withdraw about a third of its forces in Afghanistan over the next year, American commanders are positioning Afghan troops to take the lead and protect security gains in hard-fought former insurgent strongholds, according to the Camp Pendleton Marine scheduled to take command next spring in the southwest.
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Missing Iraqi Funds Finally Accounted For
www.la.times.com-October 28, 2011
A federal audit has finally accounted for nearly $6.6 billion in Iraqi reconstruction money that seemed to have disappeared after the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq, ending a mystery that highlighted the chaos of the early days of the U.S. occupation.
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Report: U.S. Program For Iraqi Police Lacks Focus
www.washingtonpost.com-October 24, 2011
A key piece of America’s enduring presence in Iraq — a multimillion-dollar program to train police forces — could become a “bottomless pit” for taxpayer funding if officials fail to adequately assess the needs of Iraqi security forces and obtain assurances from Iraqi officials about the program’s future, according to a new federal watchdog report.
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Doubling Down on Civilian Engagement in Pakistan
www.foreignaffairs.com-October 12, 2011
Renewed efforts to work with Pakistan's people and politicians -- through professional exchanges, training programs, and increased trade -- will eventually bear fruit, stabilizing the country and empowering civilians to exert control over security and foreign policy.
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State Department readies Iraq operation, its biggest since Marshall Plan
www.washingtonpost.com-October 08, 2011
The State Department is racing against an end-of-year deadline to take over Iraq operations from the U.S. military, throwing up buildings and marshalling contractors in its biggest overseas operation since the effort to rebuild Europe after World War II.
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Libyan Nation Building After Qaddafi
www.foreignaffairs.com-August 23, 2011
With the fall of the Libyan leader Muammar al-Qaddafi in sight, the United States and its allies face the familiar challenges of post-conflict stabilization and reconstruction. As in Bosnia, Kosovo, Iraq, and Afghanistan, the United States and its allies have prevailed militarily and Western governments must now assume some role in helping establish a new order. Given the mixed results of the ventures in those regions, it is worth examining how Libya compares to them in terms of size, wealth, homogeneity, geography, and political maturity.
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Lessons of the Libya Intervention
www.brookings.edu-August 22, 2011
It's odd, but not necessarily surprising, that critics of the Libya intervention were calling it any number of things: mistake, quagmire, dangerous, an Iraq repeat, and so on. It is odd because the ultimate outcome -- the rebels winning and Qaddafi falling -- never seemed much in doubt. It was a matter of when, not if. For both better and worse, Libya confirms the reality that the role of external actors (in this case, the United States and Europe) can still be decisive in the Arab struggle for freedom.
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