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The Takeaway

Live Update From Kabul

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

American officials have confirmed a rocket attack on the U.S. embassy in Kabul, Afghanistan this morning. Authorities say at least four Afghans are wounded, but there have not been any reports of deaths. Ray Rivera of The New York Times reports on the latest from on the ground in Kabul.

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The Takeaway

Taliban Insurgents Attack US Embassy in Kabul

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

The Taliban is taking responsibility for coordinated attack on the U.S. embassy and the headquarters for NATO's International Assistance Security Force in Kabul, Afghanistan this morning. Insurgents are said to be firing rockets from a half-completed building near the embassy. On its website Tuesday morning, the Taliban ran a statement saying "Operation Martyrdom" had begun. Bilal Sawary of the BBC reports on the latest from Kabul.

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The Takeaway

Assessing Terror Threats 10 Years After 9/11

Monday, September 12, 2011

Federal authorities are still on alert after news of a "specific, credible" terrorist threat for New York City and the District of Columbia broke on Thursday night, as the tenth anniversary of September 11 approached. The memorial service at Ground Zero still went on as promised Sunday, with thousands of people coming to the site to pay tribute to those who died and those who survived in the 9/11 attacks. Meanwhile, on Saturday the Taliban took credit for a suicide bomb attack on NATO forces in eastern Afghanistan, injuring at least 80 people.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

A Reporter’s Journey through Three Decades of War in Afghanistan

Wednesday, September 07, 2011

Edward Girardet looks at the troubled and complex relationship between Afghanistan and the West in the latter half of the 20th century. As a young foreign correspondent, Girardet arrived in Afghanistan just three months prior to the Soviet invasion in 1979. Over the next decades, he encountered key figures who have shaped the nation and its current challenges—from corruption and narcotics trafficking to selfish regional interests. His book Killing the Cranes: A Reporter’s Journey through Three Decades of War in Afghanistan provides crucial insights into why the West's current involvement has been so problematic.

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The Takeaway

'Top Secret America': The Hidden Side of Government After 9/11

Tuesday, September 06, 2011

We're talking about the tenth anniversary of 9/11 all this week. And while we’re remembering those we’ve lost, we’re also analyzing the tragedy's aftermath. A new Frontline documentary and investigative book chronicle the proliferation of covert operations and government organizations that began cropping up in the wake of 9/11. Funding for counter-terrorism programs grew exponentially after 9/11. In the documentary, then-White House counter terrorism czar Richard Clarke remembers: "President Bush said to us, in the basement of the White House on the night of 9/11, you have everything you need. And that was true, because as soon as we went to the Congress, they said 'just tell us what you need.' Blank check."

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The Takeaway

August Was Bloodiest Month for Afghanistan War

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Sixty-six troops died in Afghanistan this month, making August the bloodiest month for the U.S. military this year. That number includes the helicopter crash on August 6, which claimed the lives of 30 American troops, most of them Navy SEALs. So far this year, 299 Americans have been killed in Afghanistan. Will this have any affect on President Obama's plans to drawdown the additional 33,000 troops he placed in a surge effort? 

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Clemency for Lindh?

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Frank Lindh, father of 'American Taliban' John Walker Lindh, argues that his son should be released from prison and that the original 20-year sentence for fighting with the Taliban in Afghanistan was excessive. 

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The Washington Report

President Obama's Economic Strategy, Afghanistan, Pawlenty's Exit

Monday, August 15, 2011

On this week's Washington Report, David Sanger, chief Washington correspondent for the New York Times, joins Liz White for a look at how the Obama administration is handling the economy and Afghanistan.

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The Takeaway

CIA Drone Strikes Come Under Scrutiny

Friday, August 12, 2011

Speaking about the CIA's classified drone program, President Obama’s top counter-terrorism adviser John O. Brennan has said, “There hasn’t been a single collateral death because of the exceptional proficiency, precision of the capabilities we’ve been able to develop.” But a new report by British and Pakistani journalists claims otherwise.

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The Takeaway

Advances and Uncertainty in Afghanistan

Friday, August 12, 2011

It has been a tragic couple of weeks for U.S. troops in Afghanistan. What is the status of the situation in Afghanistan? Has the Taliban retreated and when can U.S. troops withdraw? Our partners at the BBC talk with U.S. Ambassador to Afghanistan Ryan Crocker about America's long-standing involvement in the region and how we can avoid making the same mistakes that led to 9/11.

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WNYC News

Connecticut Navy SEAL Among Troops Killed in Afghanistan

Thursday, August 11, 2011

A Connecticut man was among 30 American troops who died in Afghanistan over the weekend in what officials described as the deadliest single day for U.S. forces in the nearly 10-year-old war.

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The Takeaway

Helicopter Crash Highlights American Strategy in Afghanistan

Monday, August 08, 2011

The Taliban has claimed responsibility for a helicopter crash on Saturday, which killed 30 American troops in the deadliest day ever for U.S. forces in Afghanistan. The attack took place in the Tangi Valley of Wardak Province, to the west of Kabul, and illustrates how the insurgency is growing from its traditional strongholds and edging toward the capital city.

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The Takeaway

The Role of Navy SEALs in Afghanistan

Monday, August 08, 2011

Twenty-two of the 30 Americans killed in a helicopter crash in Afghanistan on Saturday were elite Navy SEALs, some of whom were members of the same squad that killed Osama bin Laden. The attack represents an irreplaceable loss of talent at a time when American and NATO troops are beginning to pull out of the region. The American forces were providing reinforcement for troops on the ground locked in a firefight.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

The Triple Agent: The al-Qaeda Mole who Infiltrated the CIA

Wednesday, August 03, 2011

Pulitzer Prize–winning reporter Joby Warrick, who covers intelligence for the Washington Post, gives an account of how a Jordanian double-agent penetrated both the inner circle of al-Qaeda and the highest reaches of the CIA, and then blew himself up, killing seven CIA agents, in Khost, Afghanistan. The Triple Agent: The al-Qaeda Mole who Infiltrated the CIA takes us inside the CIA’s secret war against al-Qaeda and tells who Humam Khalil al-Balawi was and how he managed to become a dangerous superspy.

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The Takeaway

After The Takeaway: Celeste Reflects on the Assassination of the Mayor of Kandahar

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

After The Takeaway this morning, Host Celeste Headlee looks beyond current politics in Washington to bring our attention to another important story: the assassination of Ghulam Haidar Hameedi, the mayor of Kandahar. The death of Hameedi, who was killed by a suicide bomber with a bomb hidden in his turban, marks the third high-profile assassination in Kandahar in less than a month. Celeste reflects on the nature of public service and Hameedi's choice to leave the United States, where he worked as an accountant for 30 years, to return to Afghanistan to serve his country.

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The Takeaway

Kandahar Mayor Killed in Suicide Attack

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Ghulam Haidar Hameedi, the mayor of Kandahar, has been killed in a suicide bombing. The attack comes just two weeks after Amhad Wali Karzai, the half-brother of the Afghan president and one of the most powerful men in the country, was killed in the same city. The Taliban has claimed responsibility for the attack.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Analyzing Afghanistan

Monday, July 25, 2011

Matthew Irvine, research assistant at the Center for a New American Security and author of the report "Beyond Afghanistan: A Regional Security Strategy for South and Central Asia," discusses recent developments in America's longest war.

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The Takeaway

NATO Begins Transfer of Power to Afghan Army in Helmand Province

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Late last month, President Obama gave a speech laying out his plan to withdraw U.S. troops from Afghanistan. "Even as there are dark days ahead in Afghanistan, the light of a secure peace can be seen in the distance. These long wars will come to a responsible end," Obama said

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The Takeaway

Update from Kandahar: Karzai Funeral Bombing

Thursday, July 14, 2011

The Taliban is denying responsibility for a suicide bomb that took the lives of at least four people this morning at the funeral of Ahmed Wali Karzai, the half-brother of Afghan President Hamid Karzai and a powerful leader in Kandahar. The BBC's Bilal Sawary is on the ground in Kandahar and has the latest updates on this developing story.

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The Takeaway

Suicide Attack at Ahmed Wali Karzai's Funeral

Thursday, July 14, 2011

A suicide bomb attack killed at least four people this morning at one of Kandahar's largest mosques during the funeral of Ahmed Wali Karzai, the half-brother of Afghan President Hamid Karzai. The deceased Karzai was the powerful provincial council chairman of Kandahar, before he was assassinated by a police commander and family friend earlier this week.

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