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Game changer: Maj. Gen. Abrams on the “homegrown” rejection of Taliban in Afghanistan
http://news.yahoo.com-April 30, 2013
Maj. Gen. Robert B. Abrams, the top U.S. and NATO commander in southern Afghanistan, is confident the country won’t fall back into the grips of the Taliban and other extremists when international forces pull out in two years—pointing to what he calls a “homegrown” rejection of the Taliban and the readiness of the Afghan security forces.
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Militant Threats Test Role of a Pentagon Command in Africa
www.nytimes.com-February 12, 2013
Created five years ago to focus on training the armed forces of dozens of African nations and strengthening social, political and economic programs, the Pentagon’s Africa Command now finds itself on a more urgent mission: confronting a new generation of Islamist militants who are testing the United States’ resolve to fight terrorism without being drawn into a major conflict.
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Afghans want withdrawal of village police trainers
www.washingtonpost.com-January 15, 2013
Days after Afghan President Hamid Karzai and President Obama seemed to agree on the future role of U.S. forces in Afghanistan, a division has emerged over one of the American military’s most prized defense programs.
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Letting go in Afghanistan as mission winds down
www.la.times.com-December 10, 2012
U.S. soldiers have orders to let the Afghans start to fend for themselves, sometimes with painful results.
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Intractable Afghan Graft Hampering U.S. Strategy
www.nytimes.com-March 08, 2012
For the past few months, possibly the most intriguing poker game in Kabul has been taking place in the sprawling pink sitting room of the man at the center of one of the most public corruption scandals in the world, the near collapse of Kabul Bank.
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U.S. Weighs Releasing Taliban Commander From Gitmo as Part of Peace Talks
www.foxnews.com-December 30, 2011
The U.S. is considering a proposal to transfer a top Taliban commander out of the detention facility at Guantanamo Bay as part of a potential step toward peace talks with the Taliban insurgency in Afghanistan
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General: 'We're Not Leaving' Afghanistan
www.usatoday.com-December 19, 2011
Top American officials in Afghanistan say the U.S. military intends to maintain a troop presence here beyond a 2014 deadline for Afghan troops to take over.
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U.S. Shift May Push Afghans Into Lead Role
www.nytimes.com-December 14, 2011
The senior American commander in Afghanistan said Tuesday that his plans for next year would emphasize deploying American and allied military trainers directly within Afghan security units, which could lessen the direct combat role of NATO and accelerate local forces’ taking the lead in a growing number of missions.
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U.S. Troops Could Stay In Afghanistan Past Deadline, Envoy Says
www.nytimes.com-December 11, 2011
The American ambassador to Afghanistan on Saturday raised the possibility that United States combat troops could stay in the country beyond the 2014 deadline that the White House had set for their withdrawal.
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A Decade On, What Can U.S. Accomplish In Afghanistan?
www.reuters.com-December 03, 2011
As senior U.S. officials head to a major meeting on Afghanistan next week, underlying their talks will be a simple question: what can Washington hope to accomplish there with fewer troops, less money, and less time?
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