Fire broke out in Kabul's Inter-Continental Hotel on Tuesday during the attack.
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June 30, 2011 The airstrike that killed him came on the same day the Obama administration unveiled its new "National Strategy for Counterterrorism," which focuses on targeted drone strikes and special operations raids rather than conventional wars.
June 29, 2011 In other news: Officials say nuclear materials are safe from New Mexico wildfire and that nuclear power plants are safe from flooding in Nebraska.
The Inter-Continental hotel in seen in the dark as tracer bullets are shot during an attack in Kabul.
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June 28, 2011 The Inter-Continental, once part of an international chain, is one of the Afghan capital's more luxurious hotels. No word yet on any casualties.
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June 23, 2011 President Obama's decision to withdraw all 33,000 surge troops from Afghanistan by the end of next summer was another success for Defense Secretary Robert Gates and a defeat for Gen. David Petraeus, according to Yochi Dreazen and Marc Ambinder of The Atlantic.
June 4, 2011: women and girls at a literacy class in Anjil, Afghanistan.
June 23, 2011 But a key question is raised by the prospect of U.S. troops leaving that nation: What happens to the gains, modest as they may be, that women there have made?
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June 23, 2011 In the first hour of Talk of the Nation, the capture of James "Whitey" Bulger, and editorials and opinion pages on the future of U.S. forces in Afghanistan. In the second hour, how we measure time, and the documentary film, The Price of Sex.
June 23, 2011 "Almost everyone we've talked with, from sergeants to generals say 'you really should not take out combat troops,' " during the initial phase of U.S. troop withdrawals, NPR's Tom Bowman reports from Afghanistan.
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June 22, 2011 The president clearly wanted to communicate that he shared the desire of many Americans that their government stop spending hundreds of billions of dollars on wars even as the nation faces a fiscal crisis. He spoke to the strong and growing sense that all that money could be better spent at home.
June 22, 2011 Saying that the "tide of war is receding," the president laid out plans to bring the 33,000 "surge" troops home by the summer of 2012. "It is time to focus on nation building here at home," he said.
U.S. Marines on patrol earlier this month in Afghanistan's Helmand Province.
June 22, 2011 The president addresses the nation this evening. He's expected to say that the 30,000 "surge" troops will be out of Afghanistan by late 2012. That would still leave more than 60,000 U.S. military personnel in the country.
June 21, 2011 Not so long ago, national security was the Republicans' strong suit. Democrats couldn't gain traction. But times have changed; Republicans have lost the advantage. At the Republican presidential debate in New Hampshire, the candidates sounded a very uncertain trumpet on Afghanistan and Libya.
June 21, 2011 The president is to lay down his plan for drawing down U.S. forces.
Marines pause during an operation earlier this month in Marjah, Helmand Province, Afghanistan.
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June 21, 2011 There will be more tough choices to make about troop levels next year and the years beyond. And the keys to success in Afghanistan will be the training of Afghan forces and peace talks with the Taliban, some observers say.
June 21, 2011 The White House says the president hasn't yet made a final decision. But news reports are detailing some projected numbers. The announcement is expected Wednesday.
June 20, 2011 U.S. mayors voted Monday in favor of a resolution calling on Congress to wind down the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan so the money can be rerouted to domestic priorities. It's the first time since the Vietnam War that mayors have banded together to urge such action.
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