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U.S.-Funded Afghan Local Police Riddled With Corruption, Audit Finds

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Pakistani villagers dig out their belongings from the rubble of homes destroyed by an earthquake in Shangla in Swat Valley, Pakistan. Naveed Ali/AP hide caption

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On the first day of the Soviet withdrawal from Afghanistan in May 1988, an Afghan soldier hands a flag to a departing Soviet soldier in Kabul. "This was the first time journalists had full access to Kabul," Robert Nickelsberg says. It marked his first year covering Afghanistan. "It was a historical turning point for the Cold War and actually foreshadows the chaos that will descend on the country." Courtesy of Robert Nickelsberg/Getty Images hide caption

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Young Afghan Smuggler Hopes To Help Peers Find A Future In Europe

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Why U.S. Engagement In Afghanistan Has Had Mixed Results

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A U.S. Policy Shift In Afghanistan — And What It Means For The Future

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U.S. Army soldiers walk as a NATO helicopter flies overhead at coalition force Forward Operating Base (FOB) Connelly in the Khogyani district in the eastern province of Nangarhar on August 13, 2015. Wakil Kohsar/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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How U.S. Troops Will Exit Afghanistan Remains Unclear

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Violence Escalates In Afghanistan As The Taliban, ISIS Fight Over Turf

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Week In Politics: U.S. Troops In Afghanistan, Democratic Presidential Debate

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Secretary of State John Kerry spoke at Indiana University on Thursday. "If Russia is [in Syria] to uphold Assad, and fake it with respect to the extremists and terrorists, that's a serious problem," he told NPR's Steve Inskeep. Aaron P. Bernstein for NPR hide caption

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John Kerry: Russia Has No 'Easy Track' In Syria

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U.S. Decision To Delay Troop Withdrawal Puts Some Afghans At Ease

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Obama Announces Decision To Delay Withdrawal Of U.S. Troops From Afghanistan

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President Obama salutes prior to boarding Air Force One last Friday. The president entered office saying he would end the U.S. role in the Iraq and Afghan wars. But U.S. forces were sent back to Iraq last year and he announced Thursday that 5,500 American troops would remain in Afghanistan beyond their previously planned departure at the end of 2016. Pablo Martinez Monsivais/AP hide caption

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