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In Afghanistan, Buying Friends Doesn't Buy Loyalty

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Years After Taliban, Afghan Women Fare A Little Better

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Reporter's Notebook: Waiting Around In Afghanistan

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Officials Work To Fix Private Contractor Dilemma In Afghanistan

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Defense Secretary Robert Gates To Retire In 2011

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Even Safe Areas Of Afghanistan Are Dangerous

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U.S. Military Uses Local Projects To Win Over Afghans

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Army Report Finds Rising Suicide Rate Among Troops

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Iraq, Afghanistan News Examined

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'Warrior Monk' General Up For Central Command Post

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James Clapper with President Obama shortly after being nominated for the post of Director of National Intelligence. He would be the fourth person in the job since it was created in the wake of the Sept. 11 attacks. Evan Vucci/AP hide caption

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Is Director Of National Intelligence A Viable Post?

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VA Eases Claims Process For PTSD Treatment

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Spy Vs. Spy: Real Catch Is The One Who Gets Away

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Petraeus Takes Step Toward Confirmation

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Panel to Press Petraeus On Afghan Strategy

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