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Afghanistan: Security Council extends mission amid calls for continued UN support

Published March 19, 2013 by UN News Centre
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The Security Council today extended the mandate of the United Nations mission in Afghanistan for another year, after Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and other speakers urged continued UN support to the Government as it assumes full responsibility in most areas by 2014.

Afghanistan and Pakistan Commit to Peace Deal

Published February 4, 2013 by Al Jazeera
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The leaders of Afghanistan and Pakistan have said they would work to reach a peace deal within six months, while throwing their weight behind moves for the Taliban to open an office in Doha, Qatar.

Once a symbol of new Afghanistan, can policewomen survive?

Published December 19, 2012 by Reuters
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(Reuters) - Shortly after Friba joined the Afghan National Police, she gave herself the nickname "dragon" and vowed to bring law and order to her tormented homeland.

U.S. defense chief in Afghanistan ahead of drawdown decision

Published December 12, 2012 by Reuters
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(Reuters) - U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta met top commanders in Kabul on Wednesday to finalize options for President Barack Obama on how many troops to keep in Afghanistan after the NATO mission ends in 2014 and the war is declared over.

Pentagon Says Afghan Forces Still Need Assistance

Published December 11, 2012 by The New York Times
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WASHINGTON — As President Obama considers how quickly to withdraw the remaining 68,000 American troops in Afghanistan and turn over the war to Afghan security forces, a bleak new Pentagon report has found that only one of the Afghan National Army’s 23 brigades is able to operate independently without air or other military support from the United States and NATO partners.

US plans to keep 10,000 troops in Afghanistan after 2014

Published November 27, 2012 by The Guardian
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The long-term US military presence in Afghanistan is likely to be a "light footprint" of about 10,000 American troops, boosted by a few thousand more soldiers from NATO allies, according to US media reports.

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Afghan Warlord’s Call to Arms Rattles Officials

Published November 14, 2012 by The New York Times
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HERAT, Afghanistan — One of the most powerful mujahedeen commanders in Afghanistan, Ismail Khan, is calling on his followers to reorganize and defend the country against the Taliban as Western militaries withdraw, in a public demonstration of faltering confidence in the national government and the Western-built Afghan National Army.

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Afghanistan may never be 'viable state' warn MPs

Published October 25, 2012 by BBC News
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The UK might have to recognise that creating a viable state in Afghanistan is not achievable, an influential group of MPs has said.

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