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C.I.A. Delivers Cash to Afghan Leader's Office - NYTimes.com - 0 views

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    The Great American Folly Machine:
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Bernard Bajolet, Leaving Afghanistan, Has His Say - NYTimes.com - 0 views

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    At last, a whiff of diplomatic candor about the Western failure in Afghanistan that I covered in "Funding the Enemy."
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As U.S. Withdraws Troops, Fears That Afghan Aid Will Dry Up - NYTimes.com - 0 views

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    ""I've often worried that the lesson from Iraq and Afghanistan - and especially Afghanistan - is that we don't know how to do foreign aid, and therefore we shouldn't continue to provide aid at the levels we have been," said Ms. Wadhams of the Center for American Progress. "
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    I detailed aid failure in "Funding the Enemy."
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Obama to Announce Troops' Return - NYTimes.com - 0 views

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    "President Obama's decision to remove 34,000 American troops in Afghanistan by this time next year represents a careful balancing of political interests and military requirements. "
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Obama's Journey to Reshape Afghan War - NYTimes.com - 1 views

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    "It was just one brief exchange about Afghanistan with an aide late in 2009, but it suggests how President Obama's thinking about what he once called "a war of necessity" began to radically change less than a year after he took up residency in the White House. "
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U.S. Officials Debate Speeding Up Afghan Pullout - NYTimes.com - 0 views

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    "The Obama administration is discussing whether to reduce American forces in Afghanistan by at least an additional 20,000 troops by 2013, reflecting a growing belief within the White House that the mission there has now reached the point of diminishing returns. "
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U.S. and Afghanistan Agree on Detainee Transfer - NYTimes.com - 0 views

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    "Seeking to break an impasse on a broader strategic arrangement, the United States agreed on Friday to greatly accelerate its handover of detainees to Afghan government control on but will retain a veto over which ones can be released, American officials said. "
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Corruption Remains Intractable in Afghanistan Under Karzai Government - NYTimes.com - 0 views

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    " As Americans pull back from Afghanistan, Kabul Bank's Mr. Farnood exemplifies how the United States is leaving behind a problem it underwrote over the past decade with tens of billions of dollars of aid and logistical support: a narrow business and political elite defined by its corruption, and despised by most Afghans for it. "
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NY Times: Kabul Attack - 0 views

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    "Mr. Hossaini was photographing young Afghan Shiites during a procession for Ashura, which marks the death of Shiite Islam's holiest martyr. Some of those he had photographed recognized him. The 30-year-old photographer, who is Shiite himself, remembered seeing some of them smile. Then, he heard a large explosion.
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