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March 28, 2014

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Supply Lines Cast Shadow at NATO Meeting on Afghan War

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President Obama was struggling to balance the United States’ relationship with two crucial but difficult allies on Sunday, after a deal to reopen supply lines through Pakistan to Afghanistan fell apart just as Mr. Obama began talks on ending the NATO alliance’s combat role in the Afghan war.

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Details Emerge on Coming U.S. Offensive in Eastern Afghanistan

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A campaign that will likely be the last major U.S. offensive of the Afghan War is set to begin later this year in eastern Afghanistan, the region where the conflict began and where senior NATO officials hope their involvement will effectively come to an end. U.S. officials in Kabul and Washington have provided National Journal an array of details about the coming push, which represents a high-stakes -- and politically complicated -- attempt to better secure Kabul as well as Afghanistan’s porous border with Pakistan before the American exit from the country accelerates.

Soldier's Alleged Rampage in Afghanistan Leads to Violence

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Taliban militants opened fire on Afghan official visiting the massacre site.

U.S. Soldier's Alleged Deadly Rampage: Taliban Vow Revenge

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The Taliban has vowed revenge against "sick-minded American savages" after a U.S. soldier was accused of going on a deadly shooting rampage Sunday. The group said it would "take revenge from the invaders and the savage murderers for every single martyr," according to a statement posted on its website, the Times of London reported.

Attack May Derail Effort to Force Taliban Into Talks

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The outrage from the back-to-back episodes of the Koran burning and the killing on Sunday of at least 16 Afghan civilians imperils what the Obama administration once saw as an orderly plan for 2012: to speed the training of Afghan forces so that they can take the lead in combat missions, all while drawing the Taliban into negotiations to end more than a decade of constant war.
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Panetta Surprises Afghans, NATO With Earlier Date for End of Combat Mission

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Defense Secretary Leon Panetta’s comment while en route to a NATO conference in Brussels -- that the U.S. would end its combat mission in Afghanistan in 2013, a year earlier than thought -- surprised key U.S. allies, alarmed many Afghans, and forced the White House to spend more than a day trying to walk it back.
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Panetta: U.S. to Wind Down Combat Mission in Afghanistan Next Year

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Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said that the U.S.-led NATO coalition would end its combat role in Afghanistan next year, the clearest indication yet that the Obama administration is accelerating its plans to wind down the long and unpopular Afghan war. “Hopefully by mid- to the latter part of 2013, we’ll be able to make a transition from a combat role to a training, advise, and assist role,” The Washington Post said Panetta told reporters accompanying him to Brussels.

Does Iran Have a U.S. Drone?

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Martha Raddatz reveals possible consequences of Iran having U.S. technology.

PBS NewsHour: Looking Back at Gadhafi's Brutal, Sometimes Bizarre 42-Year Reign

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Moammar Gadhafi, killed by rebel forces on Thursday, had been hunted by rebels since the Arab Spring began in Libya in February. Gwen Ifill reports on how the dictator came to power, his 42-year rule and his mostly contentious relationship with the U.S.