Afghan Forces Take Formal Control Of Security Operations
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When American forces leave the Panjwai area in November, Afghan security forces will have to find a way to work together across the spectrum of local and national forces. If they don't, the Taliban will continue to find a safe haven and mount attacks on Kandahar. David Gilkey/NPR hide caption

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Friction Among Afghans A Threat To Post-U.S. Mission
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U.S. Worries Afghan Forces Will Divide Along Ethnic Lines
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U.S. Green Berets patrol with Afghan National Army special forces outside the village of Kasan, in Wardak province. The Green Berets along with the ANASF have been training Afghan local police to take the lead in their village stability and security. David Gilkey/NPR hide caption

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As U.S. Troops Draw Down, Can Afghans Take The Lead?
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The gray line in the upper left comes from an aerial view of Afghanistan's crucial Highway 1, the main route between Kabul and Kandahar, the two biggest cities. U.S. forces are still working to secure the route which runs through lush farm valleys and the high desert terrain. David Gilkey/NPR hide caption

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As The Clock Ticks, U.S. Forces Scale Back Afghan Goals
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U.S. Army Sgt. Michael Johnson trains at Bagram Air Field for the Memorial Day Murphy, a CrossFit workout honoring a Navy SEAL killed in Afghanistan in 2005. David Gilkey/NPR hide caption

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Service Members Observe Memorial Day Through Sweat And Tears
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U.S. Diplomat Reports Little Help During Benghazi Attacks
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Marine Sgt. Maj. Damion Jacobs (left) and Marine Capt. Cam West visit with Boston emergency workers who responded to the bombings at the Boston Marathon. Oren Dorell for USA Today hide caption

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From Battlefield To Boston: Marine Comforts Bombing Survivors
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Gen. Antonio Indjai (left), Guinea-Bissau's army chief of staff, at the funeral of the country's late president, Malam Bacai Sanha, on Jan. 15, 2012. The U.S. says Indjai has been involved in drug trafficking, an allegation he denies. He recently eluded a U.S. sting operation that led to the capture of other officials from his country. Mamadu Alfa Balde/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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U.S. Faces Fight At Intersection Of Crime And Extremism
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Pressure Builds On White House To Intervene In Syria
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Afghans Want U.S. To Clarify Troop Level Post 2014
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Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel speaks wednesday at the National Defense University at Fort McNair in Washington, D.C. He warned of deep budget cuts across his department, to put the brakes on spiraling costs and reshape the military for leaner budgets and new challenges. Manuel Balce Ceneta/AP hide caption

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With Eye On Budget, Hagel Seeks Pentagon Changes
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U.S. Flies B-2 Stealth Bombers Over South Korea Amid Escalating Tensions With The North
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Army recruits perform exercises as part of a demonstration for tourists in front of the military-recruiting station in New York's Times Square. Mark Lennihan/AP hide caption

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As Qualified Men Dwindle, Military Looks For A Few Good Women
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Mortar Training Suspended After Marines Die
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