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A man in an Afghan army uniform shot and killed a NATO service member Saturday, and the Taliban said the assailant was a sleeper agent who had infiltrated the Afghan military.
President Obama has just finished explaining to the world that he is ordering 10,000 troops home from Afghanistan this year and another 23,000 by September 2012, which will still leave some 70,000 until 2014, when his secretary walks in, notepad at the ready, and says, "The Taliban called. They said, 'Take your time.' "
I am a private-sector civilian working alongside the U.S. military here on the front lines in Afghanistan. I am part of the "civilian surge," investing 16-hour days to win the hearts and minds of Afghans by mentoring the Afghan National Army, Police and Border Patrol.
A Southern Baptist preacher with a flock of 50 in Gainesville, Fla., decided to mark the ninth anniversary of Sept. 11, 2001, by lighting a fire that quickly circled the globe - with a public burning of the Koran, much the way Hitler ordered public bonfires with books written by Jews.
In southern Afghanistan, the focus of the U.S. war effort, nearly all the Afghan soldiers are foreigners. Most don't even speak the local language. They have to communicate through interpreters hired for the Americans.
FORWARD OPERATING BASE BERMEL, Afghanistan | U.S. media reports on Afghanistan often fail to capture the success in the country brought about by the cooperation between the military and Afghans -- and the appreciation of the latter.