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How France lost Afghanistan

For Joshua Foust, there is a lesson to be gleaned from France’s early exit from Afghanistan for U.S. policymakers: Ambition has its place in warfare, but only if it can be backed up by commitment.

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  The drone next door

What has mainly been an aerial asset for the U.S. military in countries like Afghanistan or Pakistan is now being used increasingly on the home front – raising some serious legal questions about how to best balance citizens’ rights with law-enforcement goals.

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  Joshua Foust on the U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan

Need to Know host Maria Hinojosa talks to Joshua Foust to discuss the war in Afghanistan, Obama’s speech and our exit strategy.

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Poll: Afghanistan and you

Which is the most important campaign issue to you? Vote in our poll.

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  Update: Crossing the line

An update to last week’s investigation into the death of an illegal immigrant a short time after he had been beaten and tased by U.S. border agents, an event captured on videotape.

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  Pasarse de la raya en la frontera (Crossing the line at the border)

En colaboracion con el Fondo Investigativo del Nation Institute, Need to Know investiga si los agentes fronterizos de Estados Unidos utilizaron fuerza excesiva para reducir la inmigracion ilegal.

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  Crossing the line at the border

In partnership with the Nation Institute, Need to Know investigates whether U.S. border agents have been using excessive force in an effort to curb illegal immigration. Watch a preview.

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A hollow victory: The slow unraveling of Libya

There’s been a months-long string of horrifying stories coming out of Libya that seems to merit mostly shrugs. Joshua Foust asks: What is going on?

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  Dear Obama: Messages from victims of the LRA

In this video from VII photographer Marcus Bleasdale, victims of the Lord’s Resistance Army in central Africa call upon President Obama for urgent and decisive action to neutralize the LRA.

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  Blood on the grass

VII photojournalist Ron Haviv gives us an emotional look at a group of young men and their coach playing American football in Juarez, the most violent city in Mexico.