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US, Afghan security deal at risk as Karzai calls for delay in signing
www.foxnews.com-November 21, 2013
The tentative security deal reached between Secretary of State John Kerry and Afghan President Hamid Karzai could be at risk after Karzai told a gathering of elders that the signing should be put off until after next year's Afghan presidential election -- and signed only if it is approved by the council and the parliament.
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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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Navy SEAL killed in rescue of American doctor in Afghanistan
www.nbcnews.com-December 10, 2012
A U.S. Navy SEAL was killed early Sunday in the rescue of an American doctor who was kidnapped by the Taliban in Afghanistan, defense officials tell NBC News.
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Obama praises special ops forces after rescue
http://news.yahoo.com-December 10, 2012
A member of a U.S. special operations team was killed during a weekend rescue mission in Afghanistan that freed an American doctor abducted by the Taliban outside of Kabul five days ago.
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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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Obama administration’s Afghanistan endgame gets off to bumpy start
www.washingtonpost.com-February 06, 2012
With war fatigue growing and an election looming, the Obama administration has bumpily embarked on its endgame in Afghanistan.
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U.S. to elevate Special Operations forces’ role in Afghanistan
www.washingtonpost.com-February 06, 2012
The U.S. military is planning to elevate the role of Special Operations forces in Afghanistan as it shifts away from a combat focus to a mission that places greater emphasis on advising Afghan forces and raids to kill top insurgent leaders, senior U.S. officials said.
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U.S. Plans Shift To Elite Units As It Winds Down In Afghanistan
www.nytimes.com-February 05, 2012
The United States’ plan to wind down its combat role in Afghanistan a year earlier than expected relies on shifting responsibility to Special Operations forces that hunt insurgent leaders and train local troops, according to senior Pentagon officials and military officers. These forces could remain in the country well after the NATO mission ends in late 2014.
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Iran intensifies efforts to influence policy in Afghanistan
www.washingtonpost.com-January 04, 2012
Worried that U.S. troops could stay in Afghanistan beyond 2014, Iran is mounting an aggressive campaign to fuel anti-American sentiment here and convince Afghan leaders that a robust, long-term security partnership with Washington would be counterproductive, Afghan officials and analysts say.
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U.S. mulls transfer of Taliban prisoner in perilous peace bid
http://news.yahoo.com-December 30, 2011
The Obama administration is considering transferring to Afghan custody a senior Taliban official suspected of major human rights abuses as part of a long-shot bid to improve the prospects of a peace deal in Afghanistan, Reuters has learned.
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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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US Wants 2012 Talks For Taliban Political Office
www.miamihearld.com-December 30, 2011
The Obama administration hopes to restore momentum in the spring to U.S. talks with the Taliban insurgency that had reached a critical point before falling apart this month because of objections from Afghan President Hamid Karzai, U.S. and Afghan officials said.
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