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PBS NewsHour: Afghan Civilian Killings Give Taliban 'Valuable Propaganda,' Analyst Says

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At the U.N. Monday, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton condemned the killing of 16 Afghan civilians near Kandahar, calling the alleged attack by a U.S. soldier "inexplicable." Gwen Ifill, RAND Corporation's Seth Jones and New America Foundation's Steve Clemons discuss the additional strain on already tense U.S.-Afghan relations.

U.S. Officials Debate Speeding Afghan Pullout

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The Obama administration is discussing whether to reduce American forces in Afghanistan by at least an additional 20,000 troops by 2013, reflecting a growing belief within the White House that the mission there has now reached the point of diminishing returns.
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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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Fallout Over Urinating Video

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Defense sec'y Leon Panetta contacts allies in Muslim world to contain damage.

Video of Urinating Marines Could Be a Defining Image of Afghanistan

On The Radar

The Pentagon opened a formal probe into a video showing Marines in Afghanistan urinating on the corpses of Taliban fighters, but the move may not be enough to prevent the footage from becoming one of the defining images of the long and deeply unpopular Afghan War. The probe formally unveiled by Defense Secretary Leon Panetta on Thursday came less than a day after the video began widely circulating over the Internet.

Intelligence Report: Taliban Still Hope to Rule Afghanistan

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A new top-secret U.S. intelligence assessment warns that Taliban leaders haven't abandoned their goal of reclaiming power and reimposing harsh Islamic rule on Afghanistan, raising doubts about the success of any peace deal that the Obama administration tries to broker between Kabul and the insurgents.
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U.S. Seeks Aid from Pakistan in Peace Effort

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Just a month after accusing Pakistan's spy agency of secretly supporting the Haqqani terrorist network, which has mounted attacks on Americans, the Obama administration is now relying on the same intelligence service to help organize and kick-start reconciliation talks aimed at ending the war in Afghanistan. 

U.S. Service Members Killed in Afghan Suicide Bomb Attack

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At least five NATO service members and eight civilian contractors, many believed to be American, were killed in Kabul today when a land cruiser with 1,500 pounds of explosives blew up next to an armored U.S. bus -- the deadliest attack on U.S. troops in the Afghan capital in 10 years of war.

The War in Afghanistan Begins

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As the war in Afghanistan hits its 10 year anniversary this week, we look back at the Washington Week from October 12, 2001. At the time, President George W. Bush suggested that the war "may take a year or two but we will prevail." NPR's Tom Gjelten analyze the military strategy, the status of the Taliban and the developing Bush's doctrine.