A Marine with Fox Company sits in the dust and mud of the flooded entrance to Patrol Base Barcha in the Helmand River valley in southern Afghanistan. Rising water in the surrounding fields has forced the Marines to fill in the area with gravel and sandbags. The sweltering summer temperatures have dropped, bringing a new set of problems as winter approaches. In Washington, debate is under way on how the U.S. should proceed in Afghanistan — and how to pay for it. David Gilkey/NPR hide caption

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Calculating The Cost Of The War In Afghanistan

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Pakistani paramilitary soldiers take position outside a police training center after gunmen attacked in Lahore on Thursday. A recent wave of attacks has raised questions about Pakistan's ability to secure its nuclear weapons facilities. Arif Ali/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Is Pakistan's Nuclear Arsenal At Risk?

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War Keeps Evolving As Obama Develops Strategy

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Obama Seeks Middle Ground On Afghanistan

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Obama Narrowing Focus On Afghanistan Options

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In this 2004 photo, Saudi Prince Mohammed bin Nayef (left) visits the scene of clashes outside a special security forces camp in eastern Riyadh. Prince Mohammed, who is responsible for the kingdom's counterterrorism program, escaped a suicide bomb attack in Jidda, but the case is worrying Western security officials. Bilal Qabalan/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Tale Of Exploding Assassin Worries Security Officials

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Does Afghan War Have Strong Public Support?

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Examining Obama's Afghan Options

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Insurgent Success In Afghanistan Is Mystifying

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Missile Defense Shield Plans Halted

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U.S. Scraps Missile Defense Plan That Riled Russia

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U.S. Sets Goals For Afghanistan-Pakistan Strategy

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Mullen Calls For More Troops In Afghanistan

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Timeline Of War's Progress Differs In U.S., Kabul

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Gates, Mullen Urge Patience In Afghan War

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