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Militant Threats Test Role of a Pentagon Command in Africa
www.nytimes.com-February 12, 2013
Created five years ago to focus on training the armed forces of dozens of African nations and strengthening social, political and economic programs, the Pentagon’s Africa Command now finds itself on a more urgent mission: confronting a new generation of Islamist militants who are testing the United States’ resolve to fight terrorism without being drawn into a major conflict.
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Intractable Afghan Graft Hampering U.S. Strategy
www.nytimes.com-March 08, 2012
For the past few months, possibly the most intriguing poker game in Kabul has been taking place in the sprawling pink sitting room of the man at the center of one of the most public corruption scandals in the world, the near collapse of Kabul Bank.
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General: 'We're Not Leaving' Afghanistan
www.usatoday.com-December 19, 2011
Top American officials in Afghanistan say the U.S. military intends to maintain a troop presence here beyond a 2014 deadline for Afghan troops to take over.
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Marines To Wind Down Afghan Combat In 2012
http://news.yahoo.com-November 26, 2011
U.S. Marines will march out of Afghanistan by the thousands next year, winding down combat in the Taliban heartland and testing the U.S. view that Afghan forces are capable of leading the fight against a battered but not yet beaten insurgency in the country's southwestern reaches, American military officers say.
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Terrorist Talks A Waste Of Time, Afghans Say
www.washingtontimes.com-November 08, 2011
A group of senior Afghan lawmakers says the Obama administration is wasting its time in trying to make peace with the Haqqani Network, a Pakistan-based terrorist group that U.S. officials have accused of killing Americans and attacking the U.S. Embassy in Afghanistan.
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Libyan Nation Building After Qaddafi
www.foreignaffairs.com-August 23, 2011
With the fall of the Libyan leader Muammar al-Qaddafi in sight, the United States and its allies face the familiar challenges of post-conflict stabilization and reconstruction. As in Bosnia, Kosovo, Iraq, and Afghanistan, the United States and its allies have prevailed militarily and Western governments must now assume some role in helping establish a new order. Given the mixed results of the ventures in those regions, it is worth examining how Libya compares to them in terms of size, wealth, homogeneity, geography, and political maturity.
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Invading Iran: Lessons from Iraq
www.hoover.org-August 01, 2011
The initial military successes in Iraq and Afghanistan were overcome by protracted insurgencies and political instability, resulting in tenuous gains in democratic development that came at an enormous cost. The United States is fast approaching a decade at war.
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These Soldiers Fight For Hearts And Minds With Laptops
www.milwaukeejournalsentinel.com-July 31, 2011
Sure, they carry guns, but the soldiers in a Green Bay-based civil affairs battalion are not here to fight. They're here to help build a nation that seems caught in a centuries-long time warp.
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U.S. trucking funds reach Taliban, military-led investigation concludes
www.washingtonpost.com-July 25, 2011
A year-long military-led investigation has concluded that U.S. taxpayer money has been indirectly funneled to the Taliban under a $2.16 billion transportation contract that the United States has funded in part to promote Afghan businesses.
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Civil Affairs Reset
http://smallwarsjournal.com-June 04, 2011
The scramble is on. With the Army Chief of Staff having recently announced a “clean sheet” review of what the Army will look like after operations in Iraq and Afghanistan, the Army is joining a government-wide movement to restructure itself for post-war years. Service branches, systems proponents, defense agencies, most of the major government agencies; all are hustling to re-invent themselves for a future of budget cuts and close scrutiny.
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