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  • ** FILE ** Afghan President Hamid Karzai speaks during the last day of the Loya Jirga, or grand council, in Kabul, Afghanistan, on Saturday, Nov. 19, 2011. (AP Photo/Musadeq Sadeq)

    Karzai: Afghan forces to take lead in more areas

    Afghan President Hamid Karzai said Sunday that the nation's forces soon will take charge of security in areas of the country that are home to half of Afghanistan's population.


  • Marine Gen. James Amos visits Combat Outpost Geronimo in southern Afghanistan, Thursday, Nov. 24, 2011. (AP Photo/Robert Burns)

    U.S. Marines to wind down Afghan combat in 2012

    U.S. Marines will march out of Afghanistan by the thousands next year, winding down combat in the Taliban heartland and testing the U.S. view that Afghan forces are capable of leading the fight against a battered but not yet beaten insurgency in the country's southwestern reaches, senior U.S. military officers say.


  • General says Afghan pullout risks few for security

    The outgoing deputy commander of U.S. forces in Afghanistan said Wednesday that the planned pullout of U.S. troops poses a minimal risk to gains against Taliban insurgents, as violence in the country has increased.


  • Illustration: Afghan surge

    REVERON: The real Afghan surge

    When the United States surged an additional 30,000 troops into Afghanistan, they were met by 79,000 new Afghan soldiers and police. Together, the combined force of 150,000 NATO troops and 270,000 Afghan national security forces formed the real Afghan surge. The effect has been dramatic. Insurgent strongholds are being cleared in Helmand, Kandahar and Kunduz provinces; local militias are integrating into the formal security structure; commerce is returning; and schools are opening. Troops of Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts of Afghanistan even hold regular meetings.


  • Afghan security force members stand outside a USAID compound in Kunduz, northern Afghanistan, Friday, July 2, 2010, after it was stormed by militants wearing suicide vests. Six suicide bombers attacked the compound Friday, killing at least four people and wounding several others, officials said. (AP Photo)

    USAID compound attacked in Afghanistan; 4 killed

    Six suicide bombers stormed a USAID compound in northern Afghanistan before dawn Friday, killing at least four people and wounding several others, officials said. At least two of the dead were foreigners.


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