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UN: Civilian Casualties Drop in Afghanistan

Published June 1, 2012 by Voice of America
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The United Nations says civilian casualties in Afghanistan's decade-long war have dropped by more than 20 percent in the first four months of this year as compared to the same period in 2011.

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As Obama opens NATO summit in Chicago, focus is on winding down Afghanistan war

Published May 21, 2012 by The Washington Post
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CHICAGO — NATO leaders began a two-day summit here Sunday that will finalize plans to turn control of Afghanistan over to its own security forces by the middle of next year, a milestone on the way to concluding the alliance’s combat role by the end of 2014.

NATO to endorse Afghan exit plan, seeks routes out

Published May 21, 2012 by Reuters
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(Reuters) - NATO leaders will endorse plans to hand over combat command in Afghanistan by mid-2013 on Monday and seek practical progress in opening routes to bring an international army of more than 130,000 back home from an unpopular, resource-draining war.

UN urges massive support for Afghan forces

Published May 21, 2012 by Associated Press
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UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The United Nations has been urging participants at this weekend's NATO summit to provide "predictable, massive, long-term support" for Afghanistan's security forces to promote stability and ensure that the country is never again a base for international terrorism, the U.N. envoy to Afghanistan said Friday.

U.S. Redefines Afghan Success Before Conference

Published May 18, 2012 by The New York Times
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WASHINGTON — Leaders of the NATO nations will meet in Chicago on Sunday to set in motion the massive machinery necessary to wind down the war in Afghanistan.

Taliban Stage Deadly Strike on Afghan Governor’s Office

Published May 17, 2012 by The New York Times
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KABUL, Afghanistan — At least 11 people died on Thursday after Taliban insurgents attacked a provincial governor’s office, but were beaten back by security forces, Afghan officials said.

As Trained Afghans Turn Enemy, a U.S.-Led Imperative Is in Peril

Published May 16, 2012 by The New York Times
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COMBAT OUTPOST SANGESAR, Afghanistan — A burst of gunfire snapped First Sgt. Joseph Hissong awake. Then came another, and another, all with the familiar three-round bursts of an American assault rifle — and the unfamiliar sound of its rounds being fired in his direction.

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Obama Hosts NATO, Focus on Afghanistan and Alliance Future Global Role

Published May 16, 2012 by Voice of America
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President Barack Obama welcomes NATO leaders to his home town of Chicago this coming weekend for a summit focused on Afghanistan, burden-sharing and other challenges facing the alliance.

Never-Ending Story: On the Front Lines of Afghanistan's Counterinsurgency

Published May 10, 2012 by The Atlantic
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ZANA KHAN, Afghanistan--Within 30 minutes after the shura--or community meeting--ended in this village in eastern Ghazni province on Wednesday, we came under mortar fire from the Taliban.

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Afghanistan "faces tougher times" in next security handover

Published May 10, 2012 by Reuters
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(Reuters) - Afghanistan faces tougher security challenges in the next phase of a transition from foreign to Afghan forces as insurgents step up their attacks, Afghan officials said on Thursday.

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