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Vijay Iyer: Transforming Veterans' Dreams Into Music

Monday, September 17, 2012

The latest collaboration between pianist and composer Vijay Iyer and spoken word artist Mike Ladd delves deep into the psyche of modern-day veterans. "Holding It Down: The Veterans' Dreams Project" transforms dreams experienced by Iraq and Afghanistan veterans into poetry and music. 

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Four U.S. Troops Killed In Afghanistan; NATO Strike Kills 8 Afghan Women

Sunday, September 16, 2012

The U.S. troops were killed by an Afghan officer at a remote checkpoint. Eight NATO troops have been killed in similar insider attacks over the past three days. In the attack on which the women were casualties, the alliance said 45 insurgents were killed.

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2 Marines Killed in Attack in Southern Afghanistan

Friday, September 14, 2012

Heavily armed insurgents attacked a British air base in southern Afghanistan Friday, killing two U.S. Marines and wounding several other troops, U.S. officials said.

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Friday Prayers In Muslim Countries Bring Wider Anti-American Protests

Friday, September 14, 2012

The protests against an anti-Islam film have spread beyond Egypt, Libya and Yemen to countries such as Afghanistan and Indonesia.

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Libya Says Four In Custody In Connection To Consulate Attack

Thursday, September 13, 2012

A day after armed assailants attacked the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya, violence spread to Yemen, where protesters stormed the embassy compound before being driven back.

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The Takeaway

Majority of Americans Now Disagree with Post-9/11 Policy Decisions

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Today we mark the 11th anniversary of the attacks of September 11th. Something you may remember, following the devastating events of that day, is the spirit of unity that we shared as a nation. In the months and years that followed, wars were waged in Afghanistan and Iraq. But eleven years on, public opinion about those wars has changed dramatically.

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A Year After War Wound, Vet Wins Paralympic Gold

Friday, September 07, 2012

Navy Lt. Brad Snyder lost his sight to an explosion in Afghanistan exactly one year ago. On the anniversary Friday, he won the 400-meter freestyle at the Paralympics in London, capturing his second gold medal.

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Afghans Seek A Homegrown Plan For Security

Tuesday, September 04, 2012

American troops are leaving volatile Kandahar province by the thousands, handing security over to Afghan forces. But many Afghans don't trust Western forces or their own government to keep them safe. For the past two months, dozens of local leaders have been trying to come up with their own plan to revive Kandahar.

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U.S. Military Suspends Training Of Some Afghan Forces

Sunday, September 02, 2012

The U.S. military is halting the training of all new recruits for the Afghan Local Police for at least a month in order to give American trainers time to re-vet current Afghan troops for ties to the insurgency.

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Officials: 12 Dead In Dual Suicide Attacks At NATO Base In Afghanistan

Saturday, September 01, 2012

Afghan officials say two suicide attackers have blown themselves up near a NATO base in the country's east, killing at least 12 people and wounding more than 50.

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The Takeaway

What Happens When We Leave Afghanistan

Friday, August 31, 2012

Little will be said at either of the national conventions about Afghanistan. But NATO forces have been fighting and dying for 11 years — and plan to leave within the next two. Is the job done?

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The Takeaway

US Soldiers punished for Koran Burning and Video

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

No U.S. officers will face jail time after two separate incidents of military misconduct in Afghanistan earlier this year. For the burning of a box of Korans, four Army officers and two enlisted soldiers received letters of reprimand. For the video of marines urinating on Taliban corpses, three officers received "non-judicial punishments."

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In Afghanistan: General's Plane Damaged; Afghans Start Spying On Own Troops

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Shrapnel from rockets fired at Bagram air field damaged the plane that had been set to fly the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff out of the country. Two maintenance workers were slightly injured. Gen. Martin Dempsey left on another aircraft.

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The Takeaway

NATO Creates New Policies in Wake of Afghan Attacks

Monday, August 20, 2012

Six Marines were killed in Afghanistan earlier this month, allegedly by Afghan soldiers they were serving alongside. These Marines are among 31 American and NATO soldiers killed this year alone by Afghan allies. In response, NATO is implementing several new policies to protect its troops.

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A Photo Homage To The Working Class ... Of Animals

Saturday, August 18, 2012

Charlotte Dumas takes pictures of animals, but these aren't your average cat photos. Her new series focuses on horses who bring slain soldiers to their graves at Arlington National Cemetery.

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Afghan Attacks On Western Partners Rising Sharply

Friday, August 17, 2012

A few years ago, it was rare to hear of assaults by men in Afghan security uniforms against NATO troops. But this year, such shootings account for more than 10 percent of the deaths among coalition troops in Afghanistan. Some are carried out by Taliban infiltrators; but others appear to stem from personal disputes.

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Two U.S. Troops Killed By Afghan Police Officer; Latest 'Green On Blue' Attack

Friday, August 17, 2012

More than 35 coalition troops — most of them Americans — have been killed this year by attackers wearing the uniforms of the Afghan military or police.

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11 Killed In Afghan Helicopter Crash; 7 Were U.S. Military Personnel

Thursday, August 16, 2012

The cause of the crash is under investigation. Three of the victims were from the Afghan military. One was an Afghan civilian interpreter.

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The New Yorker: Political Scene

Steve Coll and Amy Davidson on Obama's kill list and U.S. counter-terrorism policy.

Thursday, August 09, 2012

Steve Coll and Amy Davidson on Obama's kill list and U.S. counter-terrorism policy.

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The Takeaway

Facing Post Traumatic Stress in the Courtroom

Tuesday, July 31, 2012

While President Obama has officially ended the War on Iraq and is in the process of withdrawing troops from Afghanistan, for many veterans the war is far from over. An estimated 350,000 veterans will return home with PTSD, making it difficult for them to readjust to civilian life.

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