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Ambassador Zalmay Khalilzad on Iraq and Afghanistan

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

The number of American troops in Afghanistan will outnumber those in Iraq by late May or early June, according to new reporting from the Brookings Institution. That news comes as the U.S. and Iraq mark five years of democratically elected government in Iraq and as U.S. and NATO allies prepare for an upcoming offensive against the Taliban in Kandahar.

The Takeaway talks to Zalmay Khalilzad, former U.S. ambassador to both Iraq and Afghanistan during the Bush Administration. He is now the President of Khalilzad Associates.

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The Takeaway

1,000 US Lives Lost in Operation Enduring Freedom

Tuesday, March 02, 2010

By some counts the US has lost more than 1,000 lives in Operation Enduring Freedom — the umbrella term for the war in Afghanistan. The latest casualty according to the Department of Defense brings their count to the cusp of 1000.  Staff Sgt. William S. Ricketts, 27, from Corinth, Miss. was killed when insurgents attacked his unit in Bala Murghab, Afghanistan last week. But there is a name, and a story behind each number.

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Troops Grapple with New Challenges in Afghan Offensive

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

American, British and Afghan troops have entered day five of a major offensive in a Taliban stronghold in Southern Afghanistan. While the offensive is largely going to plan, troops on the ground are dealing with far more than just encounters with Taliban fighters. The accidental killing of 12 civilians in Afghanistan in recent days has troops bringing condolences to the families of the victims.

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The Takeaway

US, Pakistani Intelligence Forces Capture Senior Taliban Figure

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

U.S. and Pakistani intelligence forces, working together, have captured a leading Taliban figure. The apprehension of Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar may cause a significant disruption to Taliban operations in Pakistan and Afghanistan, and raises questions of whether ties are warming between Pakistan's intelligence service, the ISI, and the CIA. Baradar is reportedly being interrogated by both American and Pakistani operatives. Georgetown Prof. Christine Fair, who focuses on Pakistan and Afghanistan, joins us for analysis.

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The Takeaway

NATO-Led Offensive Continues in Afghanistan

Monday, February 15, 2010

U.S., U.K. and Afghan forces continue a military assault against Taliban fighters in Marjah, Afghanistan this morning. Plans for the offensive were widely discussed by U.S. and NATO commanders before the operation began, in an attempt to warn civilians in the area and limit civilian casualties. But on Sunday, two coalition rockets missed their mark, killing 12 civilians. We look at how coalition forces are doing in this critical operation with Jeffrey Dressler an Afghanistan expert with the Institute for the Study of War and Global Post correspondent, Jean MacKenzie, who is on the ground in Afghanistan.

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The Takeaway

President to Unveil Afghanistan Strategy

Tuesday, December 01, 2009

President Obama will announce his strategy for Afghanistan in a speech at West Point tonight. He is expected to send roughly 30,000 more troops to the war and discuss the criteria for an exit strategy. Besides America and Afghanistan itself, the country that stands to be most directly affected by these next moves is Pakistan. Hassan Abbas, Bernard Schwartz Fellow at the Asia Society and senior advisor at the Harvard Kennedy School at Harvard University, joins us to discuss our ongoing strategy.

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The Takeaway

This Week's Agenda With Marcus Mabry and Nick Childs

Monday, November 30, 2009

Marcus Mabry, international business editor for The New York Times, and Nick Childs, defense and security correspondent for the BBC, take a look at what's ahead once President Obama announces his decision on troop levels for Afghanistan. They'll also examine what's ahead for health care as the Senate starts debate on their hotly contested reform bill; what Dubai's financial situation means for the rest of the world; and whether a "jobs summit" could cure our rising unemployment.

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The Takeaway

Takeouts: Tiger Woods

Monday, November 30, 2009

  • Tiger Takeout: Ed Wanambwa, senior editor of African American Golfers' Digest, joins sports contributor Ibrahim Abdul-Matin to discuss the latest on Tiger Woods' recent car accident, his firm insistence on privacy ... and why the story continues despite Woods' refusal to speak.

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The New Yorker: Out Loud

Jon Lee Anderson on Iraq

Monday, November 12, 2007

Jon Lee Anderson talks about how the troop surge is working in the Baghdad suburb of Ghazaliya.

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