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The Brian Lehrer Show

Bowe Bergdahl: Deserter, Victim, Hero

Monday, March 30, 2015

Dan Lamothe discusses Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, the U.S. soldier who slipped away from his patrol base in Afghanistan, held in captivity for five years & is now being charged with desertion.

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Afghan Chief Executive: Leaders Set Aside Egos To Rally For Nation

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Abdullah Abdullah and Afghan President Ashraf Ghani, once fierce political rivals, traveled together to Washington last week to undo years of hostility between their predecessor and Obama.

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The Takeaway

Thieves of State: How Corruption Poisons Governments

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Ahead of the Nigerian elections, we look at how shady government practices can lead to instability and violence. 

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Morning Edition

Hearing Set For Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl After Desertion Charges Filed

Thursday, March 26, 2015

The Army has charged Bergdahl with desertion and misbehavior before the enemy. Bergdahl disappeared from his unit in Afghanistan in 2009 and end up being held captive by the Taliban for five years.

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The Takeaway

The Veterans Who've Left Their Hearts in Afghanistan

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani has said that a majority of U.S. veterans have "left their hearts in Afghanistan." Author & vet Elliot Ackerman reflects on the emotional aftermath of war.

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All Things Considered

U.S. Reconsiders Troop Withdrawal Plan In Afghanistan

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

The Obama administration said Tuesday that it will maintain about 9,800 troops in Afghanistan until the end of 2015. The U.S. originally planned to reduce the number to 5,500 by the end of the year.

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All Things Considered

President Obama Holds First Meeting With Afghan President

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

President Obama held his first face-to-face meeting Tuesday with Afghan President Ashraf Ghani. White House officials say this marks the beginning of a new, more cooperative U.S.-Afghan relationship.

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U.S. Will Slow Down Withdrawal Of Troops From Afghanistan

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

In a joint news conference with Afghan President Ashraf Ghani, President Obama says Afghanistan "remains a very dangerous place," and the size of the U.S. troop presence in 2016 is yet to be decided.

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Morning Edition

Afghanistan Still Relies On U.S., President Ghani Reiterates

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Ashraf Ghani will be at the White House on Tuesday as his country tries to forge a new relationship with Washington. On Monday, Ghani thanked Americans for the U.S. investment in Afghanistan.

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Morning Edition

U.S. Weighs Its Responsibility When Afghan Forces Commit Abuses

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

The U.S. has put Afghan security forces in the lead in the fight against the Taliban. Despite that move, the U.S. must still take responsibility for their actions, including when they commit abuses.

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Transcript: NPR's Interview With Afghan President Ashraf Ghani

Monday, March 23, 2015

Ghani spoke with Morning Edition host Renee Montagne.

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Morning Edition

Ashraf Ghani: U.S. Critical To Afghanistan's Future

Sunday, March 22, 2015

In an interview with NPR's Morning Edition, the Afghan president says most of his country wants U.S. troops to remain. He also says he's determined to make sure ISIS doesn't gain a foothold.

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Afghan President Makes First Official Visit To Washington

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani comes to Washington looking for help getting through this year's fighting season. With American attention shifting to other conflicts, that could be a tough sell.

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Judge Rules U.S. Must Release Photos Of Prisoner Abuse In Iraq, Afghanistan

Saturday, March 21, 2015

The ACLU has fought for years for the release of photos documenting abuse in prisons like Abu Ghraib. The government argues releasing the photos would pose a threat to American military.

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All Things Considered

'State Of Terror': Where ISIS Came From And How To Fight It

Sunday, March 15, 2015

In their new book, terrorism experts Jessica Stern and J.M. Berger say that the "projection of strength" has led to the rapid expansion of the self-declared Islamic State.

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From Afghanistan's Rubble, A Teacher Builds A School Of Ideas

Sunday, March 15, 2015

Amid the obstructionism and violence of Afghanistan, Aziz Royesh has set up a school in Kabul that has won worldwide acclaim.

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Morning Edition

9 Iraqi Interpreters Sue U.S. Government Over Visa Delays

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Thousands of Iraqis and Afghans have been resettled in the U.S. through a special visa program, but hundreds of cases are on hold.

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Morning Edition

House Panel Questions Gen. Campbell About Readiness Of Afghan Force

Friday, March 06, 2015

Congress wants to know whether the U.S. military tried to hide problems with the Afghan military force. Afghans are leading the fight against the Taliban — with U.S. troops mostly in the background.

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Afghans Make History, Winning Thriller Against Scotland In Cricket's World Cup

Thursday, February 26, 2015

The win in Dunedin, New Zealand, is a first for Afghanistan at the World Cup. The victory spurred Afghans to celebrate on the streets of Kabul.

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All Things Considered

New Defense Secretary Makes Unannounced Trip To Afghanistan

Sunday, February 22, 2015

U.S. Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter is in Afghanistan meeting with that country's new president, Ashraf Ghani, and discussing possible changes to the timetable for U.S. troop withdrawals.

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