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  No silver bullet to combat IEDs

Improvised explosive devices have been the single deadliest weapon used against U.S. troops in Iraq and Afghanistan. The Pentagon has spent $17 billion trying to develop a ‘silver bullet’ device to end the scourge of roadside bombs. Has it worked, and how has all that money been spent?

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Treatment of jailed Bahrain dissidents called ‘brutal,’ as activists call for U.S. action

Ibrahim Sharif, who was sentenced to five years in jail Wednesday, was seen as especially threatening to the government of Bahrain because he was a Sunni leading a largely Shiite movement.

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Republicans offer starkly different views on Obama’s Afghanistan strategy

The GOP presidential candidates issued mostly muted responses to President Obama’s decision to withdraw 30,000 troops from Afghanistan by the end of the year.

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  Benjamin Skinner on the world of modern-day slavery

Alison Stewart interviews Benjamin Skinner, investigative journalist and author of “A Crime So Monstrous,” about his work exposing the world of modern-day slavery and human trafficking.

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Activists plead for UN action as Syrian forces move to crush protests in town near Turkey

Human rights activists disputed an account by the regime that armed gangs had “massacred” police officers, and said international action was urgently needed to stop the bloodshed.

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What’s the endgame in Syria? Military defections are key to turning the tide, analysts say

“In a situation like this, the only thing that’s going to carry the day is being violent,” said one former State Department official.

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The consequences of war: A photographer’s perspective

After years of covering the war in Iraq, VII photographer Ashley Gilbertson shares his perspective on the toll that war takes on soldiers, their families, the country and himself as a journalist.

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  Paying for war: The cost of caring for America’s wounded vets

Even as the wars wind down in Iraq and Afghanistan the financial cost of taking care of veterans continues to mount and could reach a trillion dollars in coming decades

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At a refugee camp in Tunisia, it’s showtime

Notes from Tunisia: In a camp where thousands of migrant workers fleeing violence in Libya await resettlement, an aspiring Somali writer decides to stage a play.