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All Things Considered

What Is Courage?: 'Korengal' Breaks Down War In Afghanistan

Saturday, May 31, 2014

The documentary follows up on Sebastian Junger's Oscar-nominated film Restrepo. Junger says, "I'm hoping as the soldiers understand their experience better through this film, civilians will as well."

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Who Are The Five Guantánamo Detainees In Prisoner Swap?

Saturday, May 31, 2014

According to documents leaked to the organization WikiLeaks, all five prisoners were high-ranking Taliban officials. Some were considered high-risk and "likely to post a threat to the U.S."

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Sebastian Junger's 'Korengal'

Friday, May 30, 2014

The documentary "Korengal” is the follow up to the Oscar-nominated film “Restrepo,” which Junger co-directed with his late friend, Tim Hetherington.

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All Things Considered

Initial Afghan Elections Went Well, But Worries Rise For Round Two

Thursday, May 29, 2014

Afghanistan's presidential election in April left no candidate with more than 50 percent of the vote. A second-round election will be held on June 14 — during the peak of the Taliban fighting season. There are growing concerns that election day could be a blood bath, and that a close outcome would result in political instability.

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10 Thoughts On Obama's West Point Policy Address

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

From his focus on peace instead of war to his praise for the U.S. stance in Ukraine, the president took a different tone Wednesday than he did in his 2009 commencement speech at the military academy.

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America's Strength Extends Beyond Its Military, Obama Says

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

"We don't face an existential crisis," the president told NPR in an exclusive interview. He said the U.S. is blessed with a growing economy and no prospect of war with another nation-state.

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The Takeaway

The U.S. & Pakistan: An Uncertain Future

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

As the U.S. prepares to leave Afghanistan, the American relationship with Pakistan hangs in the balance. Christine Fair, a professor at Georgetown University, examines how the region will hold up when the last American troops leave.

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Morning Edition

U.S. Plans To Leave Residual Force Of Nearly 10,000 In Afghanistan

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

President Obama announced on Tuesday a plan to leave a residual force of 9,800 service members in Afghanistan beyond 2014. By 2016, most troops will be out of the country.

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White House Counsel To Look Into Accidental Leak Of CIA Name

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

The Obama administration has asked its top lawyer to investigate how the name of the CIA station chief in Afghanistan showed up on documents distributed to reporters.

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All Things Considered

Obama Sets A Number For U.S. Troop Levels In Afghanistan

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

President Obama intends to keep a force of 9,800 American troops after the end of 2014. The troops will remain in the country to train Afghan forces and support counterterrorism operations.

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White House Mistakenly Blows Cover Of CIA Officer In Afghanistan

Monday, May 26, 2014

A list of U.S. officials who briefed President Obama on his surprise trip to Bagram air base in Afghanistan this weekend inadvertently included the name of the agency's station chief in Kabul.

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Morning Edition

Obama Wants At Least A Small Troop Presence In Afghanistan

Monday, May 26, 2014

President Obama made an unannounced visit to Afghanistan on Sunday — his first since 2012. Since that time, U.S. troop levels there have been cut by about two-thirds.

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Morning Edition

One Of Many: Remembering A Fallen Son On Memorial Day

Monday, May 26, 2014

Lance Cpl. James Boelk was a Marine killed in Afghanistan in the fall of 2010. Like many families of fallen soldiers, on this Memorial Day his parents say they will gather to honor and remember.

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All Things Considered

Obama Addresses Troops In Afghanistan On Eve Of Memorial Day

Sunday, May 25, 2014

President Obama made a surprise visit Sunday to Bagram Airfield in Afghanistan. The president addressed troops, thanking them for their service on the eve of Memorial Day. White House correspondent Scott Horsley is traveling with the president and joins NPR's Arun Rath.

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Gastrodiplomacy Gives Foreign Chefs A Fresh Take And Taste Of America

Saturday, May 24, 2014

The State Department has a new exchange program for culinary professionals. A delegation from the Middle East and Africa recently discovered there's more to American cuisine than fast food.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Renee Montagne on Her Afghanistan Trip

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Renee Montagne, host of NPR's Morning Edition, has made 10 reporting trips to Afghanistan in the past 12 years. She discusses her most recent trip back and her personal experiences reporting on the ground.

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All Things Considered

Medal Of Honor Recipient Dodged Bullets To Help Wounded Soldiers

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

In a White House ceremony, President Obama awarded a Medal of Honor to former Sgt. Kyle White. He saved the life of a fellow soldier during a firefight on a mountain pass in Afghanistan in 2007.

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Morning Edition

Former Army Sgt. Kyle White To Receive Medal Of Honor

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Renee Montagne talks to Kyle White, who will receive the Medal of Honor for actions conducted during a 2007 battle in Afghanistan. He was with U.S. and Afghan forces when the Taliban ambushed them.

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The Takeaway

Deaths of 40 Vets Spark Calls for VA Reform

Friday, May 09, 2014

According to Congressional officials, as many as 40 veterans died waiting for care at a VA medical center in Phoenix. Many are calling for VA Secretary Eric Shinseki to resign, but not everyone in D.C. believe that's the right move.

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More Hillside Collapses Possible After Deadly Afghan Landslides

Sunday, May 04, 2014

As many as 2,500 people are feared dead after two landslides in northeastern Afghanistan on Friday. NPR's Rachel Martin talks to the Wall Street Journal's Yaroslav Trofimov for the latest.

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