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'A Chance To Start Over': Wounded Vets Ride Again

Saturday, April 21, 2012

An annual four-day bike ride organized by the Wounded Warrior Project is being held across the country this week. One Marine says the ride gives them back the camaraderie they had in the military. "You look back and you got guys missing legs, missing arms — it doesn't matter. We're just all riding together."

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U.S.-Afghan Relations Continue to Fray

Thursday, April 19, 2012

The war in Afghanistan is now 11 years old, and it doesn’t seem to be getting any easier for America to achieve a graceful departure from the region. Yesterday the LA Times posted 18 photos online of soldiers posing with the body parts of Afghan insurgents, another entry to a long series of errors that may undermine American plans for full troop withdrawal by 2014. Daoud Sultanzoy is an Afghan Parliament member, Sean Easter is an Afghan War Veteran.

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Graphic Photos Surface of US Troops with Afghan Bodies

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

The Los Angeles Times has published graphic photos showing U.S. military personnel posing with the dead bodies of Afghan insurgents. The U.S.-led coalition in Afghanistan wasted little time condemning the actions in the pictures, saying in a statement that "the incident depicted in the LA Times' photographs represents a serious error in judgment by several soldiers who have acted out of ignorance and unfamiliarity with U.S. Army values." Joining us is Peter Galbraith, former UN Deputy Special Representative for Afghanistan.

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Is Afghanistan Ready for a Withdrawal of US Troops?

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

There has been a lot of bad news from Afghanistan in the past few months: the killing of civilians by a U.S. soldier, the Koran burnings, this week's attacks in Kabul, and the killing of American soldiers by their Afghan counterparts. These events are all adding to calls in the U.S. for troops to come home. NATO – whose defense and foreign ministers are meeting in Brussels – says the war is still on track, that Afghans will soon be able to take the lead in their country's security. But as Quentin Sommerville from our partner the BBC reports, such hopes may be optimistic.

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Taliban Stages Coordinated Attacks on Kabul and Afghan Provinces

Monday, April 16, 2012

Over the weekend, Taliban bombers and attackers launched their spring offensive with a series of coordinated attacks on Afghan government offices in Kabul and across three eastern provinces. Dozens of fighters assaulted NATO bases, embassies, the Afghan parliament and other government buildings with suicide attacks, rockets and gunfire. In all, the attack lasted more than five hours. NATO forces called the assault “largely ineffective” — saying it caused only "light casualties" to Afghan units. Still, Peter Galbraith, former UN deputy special representative, for Afghanistan says the Taliban’s onslaught emphasizes just how vulnerable the capital has become — and casts new doubts on NATO’s transition plans.

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Americans in Afghanistan: The Case of Specialist Dennis Weichel

Monday, April 02, 2012

The story of Specialist Dennis Weichel is deeply tragic but shows a side of U.S. troops in Afghanistan that we haven't heard about recently, with the Koran burnings, drone attacks killing civilians, and the case of Sergeant Robert Bales. Rod Nordland is the foreign correspondent for our partner the New York Times.

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Tensions High as President Obama Prepares to Meet with Pakistani Prime Minister

Monday, March 26, 2012

Pakistan was once the U.S.’s principal ally in the Afghanistan war. But tensions between the two countries have grown since the U.S. raid that killed Osama bin Laden in Abbottabad last May. Pakistan’s Parliament is currently debating the future of its relationship with the United States and President Obama is set to meet with Pakistan Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani in Seoul tomorrow. How will the U.S. move forward on Pakistan and how will strained relations between the two countries affect our current efforts in Afghanistan? Joining us is Christine Fair, professor at the Center for Peace and Security Studies at Georgetown University.

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WNYC News

It's 'Unbelievable To Me,' Says Wife Of Army Sgt. Accused In Afghan Killings

Monday, March 26, 2012

Her husband "loves children, he's like a big kid himself," Karilyn Bales tells NBC News of Staff Sgt. Robert Bales. He faces 17 counts of murder for attacks carried out on March 11 in Southern Afghanistan. One victim was an unborn child, officials say.

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WNYC News

Gillibrand, Vets Seek Faster Troop Withdrawal From Afghanistan

Monday, March 26, 2012

U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand on Sunday called for the Obama administration to accelerate the pace of troop withdrawal from Afghanistan. Policy analysts who study Afghanistan took issue with Gillibrand’s recommendations.

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Afghanistan Government Guards Take Over Jobs of Private Security Firms

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Afghanistan President Karzai has railed for years against the large number of "guns-for-hire" in the country, arguing that private security companies skirt the law. Today is the deadline for foreign private security firms in Afghanistan to hand over to government forces, meaning a force of 40,000 private guards will be replaced by around 6,000 Afghan government guards. How well trained are these local guards? How is this move being seen by those that have relied on foreign security firms?

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The Leonard Lopate Show

The Future of America, Pakistan, and Afghanistan

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Journalist Ahmed Rashid examines the complicated relationship between the United States, Pakistan, and Afghanistan as America prepares for its withdraw from Afghanistan. In Pakistan on the Brink: The Future of America, Pakistan, and Afghanistan, he investigates the future of international terrorism, the Taliban, and strategies to bring stability to a fractured region saddled with a legacy of violence and corruption.

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This Week's Agenda: GOP Primary in Illinois, Senate Takes Up Deregulation Bill, Future of US in Afghanistan

Monday, March 19, 2012

GOP Presidential candidates take the fight for the nomination to Illinois, while the Senate takes up the JOBS Act, a business de-regulation bill that SEC Chair Mary Schapiro warns would expose investors to fraud. The U.N. Security council meets to discuss the future of Afghanistan, while American officials debate the American role in the country. Finally, the Transportation Security Administration announces new regulations for elderly passengers as the owners of the Mets go to trial over money they made in the Madoff scandal.

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Veterans On the Challenges and Hopes of Returning from War

Friday, March 16, 2012

As a complete U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan approaches, certain questions are receiving more attention. What challenges do our veterans face when they come home? And what are we doing to help or hurt their chances of integrating fully into civilian life?

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World Weekly with Gideon Rachman

Anxiety over Afghanistan and a power struggle in China

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Anxiety over Afghanistan and a power struggle in China

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Afghanistan Update

Thursday, March 15, 2012

We’ll get an update on the latest troubles in Afghanistan with Washington Post Pentagon reporter Craig Whitlock.

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Taliban Announces Suspension of Dialogue with the US

Thursday, March 15, 2012

The Taliban this morning says it is suspending dialogue with the U.S. The announcement comes days after an American soldier allegedly killed 16 Afghan civilians. Correspondent for our partner the BBC Bilal Sarwary discusses this statement as well as Afghan President Hamid Karzai's demands that NATO troops pull back to major bases and accelerate Afghan responsibility for safeguarding the country.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Afghanistan's Heart and Minds

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

In the wake of the shooting, Stephen Tankel, non-resident scholar in the South Asia program at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace and assistant professor at American University, discusses the US presence in Afghanistan, how our troops are transitioning their mission, and the affect on Afghan communities.

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On Being

Fatemeh Keshavarz — The Ecstatic Faith of Rumi [remix]

Thursday, March 08, 2012

The 13th-century Muslim mystic and poet Rumi has long shaped Muslims around the world and has now become popular in the West. Rumi created a new language of love within the Islamic mystical tradition of Sufism. We hear his poetry as we delve into his worl

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On Being

[Unedited] Fatemeh Keshavarz with Krista Tippett

Thursday, March 08, 2012

The 13th-century Muslim mystic and poet Rumi has long shaped Muslims around the world and has now become popular in the West. Rumi created a new language of love within the Islamic mystical tradition of Sufism. We hear his poetry as we delve into his worl

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The Takeaway

Two American NATO Soldiers Killed in Afghanistan

Thursday, March 01, 2012

Two American soldiers were killed in Afghanistan during protests at a NATO base in the eastern Nangarhar province. These protests were the latest after the burning of the Koran by U.S. soldiers.

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