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5:30am

Mon February 27, 2012
The Two-Way

Will Killings Over Quran Burnings Lead To Faster Pullout From Afghanistan?

Originally published on Mon February 27, 2012 5:43 am

In Herat, Afghanistan, on Friday: Demonstrators shouted anti-American slogans.
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The news from Afghanistan remains grim as protests and attacks continue over the recent burning of some Qurans and other Islamic materials at an airbase controlled by international forces. The violence and unrest has also, The Washington Post writes, "exposed a crippling weakness in the American strategy to wind down the war."

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12:28pm

Thu February 23, 2012
The Two-Way

Bradley Manning Defers His Plea In WikiLeaks Case

The Army private accused of leaking a huge cache of classified information to the website WikiLeaks deferred his plea, today.

In an arraignment before a military judge at Fort Meade in Maryland, Bradley Manning also put off a decision on whether to be tried by military jury or military judge.

The AP reports:

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7:15am

Thu February 23, 2012
The Two-Way

Seven Marines Killed When Helicopters Collide Over Arizona Training Range

(This post was updated with breaking news at 9:27 a.m. ET.)

Seven U.S. Marines were killed Wednesday night when two helicopters collided over the Yuma, Ariz., Training Range Complex, according to a statement just emailed to the NPR Newscast Desk by a spokesman for the 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing.

The statement adds that:

"The aircraft, an AH-1W 'Cobra' and an UH-1Y 'Huey,' were conducting routine training operations around 8:00 p.m. Identities of the Marines will be withheld until next of kin have been notified."

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6:55am

Thu February 23, 2012
The Two-Way

In Letter, Obama Apologizes To Karzai For Quran Burnings

In a letter to Afghan President Hamid Karzai, President Obama has expressed regret and apologized for the burnings of Qurans by some U.S. military personnel in Afghanistan, the White House has confirmed.

Tommy Vietor, spokesman for the National Security Council, has released this statement:

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5:30am

Thu February 23, 2012
The Two-Way

Report: Two U.S. Troops Killed In Afghanistan; Quran Burnings Backlash?

Demonstrators shouted anti-American slogans during a protest in Kabul today (Feb. 23, 2012).
Shah Marai AFP/Getty Images

"Two U.S. troops have been shot to death and four more wounded by an Afghan solider who turned his gun on his allies in apparent anger over the burning of Qurans at a U.S. military base in Afghanistan, an Afghan official tells CBS News."

Officially, the International Security Assistance Force says that:

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