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Does Troop Withdrawal from Afghanistan Mean the War is Over?

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

On Wednesday evening President Obama will unveil his exit strategy from Afghanistan. We’ll hear exactly how many of our troops will be coming home and when the U.S. military will hand over power to Afghan security forces. This comes nearly a decade after the first U.S. military campaign against Al-Qaeda and Taliban forces. There has been mounting political pressure on the president to instigate a significant withdrawal and many people are hoping this marks the closing chapter of the War in Afghanistan. 

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The Brian Lehrer Show

How to Leave Afghanistan?

Wednesday, June 08, 2011

Fred Kaplan, Slate "War Stories" columnist and a Schwartz Senior Fellow at the New America Foundation, talks about the debate over how to withdraw troops from Afghanistan, the wars there and in Iraq, and Secretary of Defense Robert Gates' farewell tour.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

The Invisible Army

Tuesday, June 07, 2011

Sarah Stillman discusses the recruitment and treatment of foreigners working as support staff on American military bases in Iraq and Afghanistan. Her article "The Invisible Army" appears in the June 6, 2011, issue of The New Yorker.

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The Washington Report

Obama Administration Considers Faster Withdrawal from Afghanistan

Monday, June 06, 2011

NYT's David Sanger weighs in on a potential troop reduction in Afghanistan, American interests in Yemen, and the latest unemployment figures.

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Kucinich Looks Forward

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

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I think the American people ought to be fed up with a government that says one thing and does another. And if I do anything and add to this debate, it’s to just call it as I see it, and the way I see it is generally the way it is.

— Dennis Kucinich, U.S. Representative (D) for Ohio's 10th Congressional district, and candidate for the Democratic nomination in the 2004 and 2008 elections, on The Brian Lehrer Show.

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The Takeaway

Kati Marton on Afghan War Policy

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Kati Marton has made a name for herself as an author and a journalist at ABC and public radio. As the wife of accomplished American Diplomat Richard Holbrooke, a special representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan until his death at the end of last year, she also has a unique perspective on the war in Afghanistan and how U.S. policy is playing in the Middle East. Marton explains how Holbrooke's influence has seeped into U.S. policy in Afghanistan the broader Middle East. 

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The Takeaway

Khaled Hosseini on Refugees in Afghanistan and Beyond

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Since the beginning of the war in Afghanistan, thousands of people have been forced to flee their homes, joining the 43 million refugees who are currently displaced around the world. Khaled Hosseini, bestselling author of “The Kite Runner” and “A Thousand Splendid Suns,” feels a particular kinship with these refugees. In 1980, when he was a teenager, he and his family were granted asylum in the U.S. when Afghanistan faced a different decade-long war with the Soviets.

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The Takeaway

Afghanistan's Child Recruits Tell Their Story

Friday, May 13, 2011

BBC correspondent Paul Wood visited children in Afghanistan who were tricked into becoming suicide bombers, before they were arrested by coalition authorities. Children as young as eight say that they were told that they wouldn't die if they carried out an attack. We hear their voices.

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The Takeaway

Iraq and Afghanistan Wars Back in News at Panetta Confirmation Hearing

Thursday, May 12, 2011

Since the shooting death of Osama bin Laden, the news has been dominated by stories of the former al-Qaida leader; but, the country’s foreign policy priorities do not end with the discover of his Abbottabad compound. By the time that Leon Panetta takes the stand for his Senate confirmation hearing, politicians on the Left and the Right will be clamoring for their chance have their foreign policy issues back in the limelight. To preview some of the issues we that will make their way back into the news we speak with David Sanger, chief White House correspondent for The New York Times.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Force and Futility in Afghanistan

Monday, May 09, 2011

New Yorker staff writer Jon Lee Anderson discusses the ongoing war in Afghanistan and whether it’s time for coalition forces to leave the country. His article “Force and Futility,” in the May 16 issue of The New Yorker, tells what’s changed—and what has remained the same—in the region of Khost, Afghanistan, since the United States first tried to kill Osama bin Laden there in 1998.

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US-Pakistan - What's Next?

Friday, May 06, 2011

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They believe that they have to maintain and show toughness, and this is one way that they’re seeking to do that. The removal of US military forces from Pakistan… won’t do anything with respect to the kind of operations that were undertaken against bin Laden, but it gets at this underlying defensiveness.

Daniel Markey, Senior Fellow for India, Pakistan, and South Asia at the Council on Foreign Relations, on The Brian Lehrer Show.

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The Takeaway

After Bin Laden Death: The Climate in Afghanistan

Monday, May 02, 2011

BBC correspondent Quentin Somerville speaks with us from Kabul, Afghanistan, where President Hamid Karzai may not have had any warning before Osama Bin Laden's death.

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The Takeaway

Bin Laden Death a Significant US Milestone

Monday, May 02, 2011

The day after Sept. 11, 2001, journalists from around the world flocked to the Middle East to cover what would be become the defining story of the decade. Osama bin Laden instantly became a household name and Al Qaeda was America's new enemy. Now, nearly ten years later, the U.S. has achieved its original mission in Afghanistan — to find and kill bin Laden. To mark this historic moment, we talk with two veteran reporters who've been covering the story from day one: David Sanger and Rod Nordland, reporters with our partner The New York Times.

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The Takeaway

Veterans and 9/11 Families React to Bin Laden's Death

Monday, May 02, 2011

Veterans and families of victims of the 9/11 attacks are gathering at Ground Zero and elsewhere this morning, to celebrate and reflect on the news that Osama Bin Laden is dead. We speak with Dennis McKeon, a parishioner of St. Clare's Roman Catholic Church in Staten Island, which lost 29 members of its congregation in the 9/11 attacks. McKeon started the organization Where to Turn, which helps those affected by the attack. We also talk with Russell Galeti, first lieutenant in the Ohio National Guard.

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Essay: Real Victory is When the Troops Come Home

Monday, May 02, 2011

But yesterday is not like V-J Day, a comparison made by television broadcasters describing the communal outburst during last night's live coverage. The real celebration will come not for the death of a single enemy, but will come for a true "victory": When our troops are able to come home.

 

-Justin Krebs, on the death of Osama bin Laden

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Kim Barker's Taliban Shuffle

Monday, March 28, 2011

Longtime foreign correspondent Kim Barker gives an insider’s account of the war in Afghanistan and Pakistan since 2003, and captures the absurdities and tragedies of life in a war zone.  The Taliban Shuffle: Strange Days in Afghanistan and Pakistan talks about her evolution from an awkward newbie in Afghanistan to seasoned reporter with serious concerns about our ability to win hearts and minds in the region.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Grit, Strategy, and the Way Out of Afghanistan

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Bing West, Marine combat veteran and assistant secretary of defense in the Reagan administration, looks at the conflict in Afghanistan, and explains what he sees as a practical way out. The Wrong War: Grit, Strategy, and the Way Out of Afghanistan, gives an account of events on the battlefield and argues that idealistic theories about counterinsurgency have bogged us down for a decade. He builds the case for changing course.

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The Takeaway

Back from Afghanistan, Soldiers Look to a New Year and New Life

Thursday, December 30, 2010

All week long we're talking with some of our favorite guests from the past year about the year that was, and what they foresee in the year ahead. Today we're having a conversation with our friend Kristen Rouse. Rouse is a first lieutenant in the Army National Guard, and a veteran of the war in Afghanistan. She returned from her most recent deployment two weeks ago.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Afghanistan Assessment

Friday, December 17, 2010

NPR national security correspondent Rachel Martin reviews the Obama administration's assessment of the war in Afghanistan.

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Afghanistan Review Shows Fragile Gains, Fragile Governments

Friday, December 17, 2010

Welcome to Politics Bites, where every afternoon at It's a Free Country we bring you the unmissable quotes from the morning's political conversations on WNYC. This morning on The Brian Lehrer Show, NPR national security correspondent Rachel Martin reviewed the Obama administration's assessment of the war in Afghanistan.

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