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3:26pm

Fri September 28, 2012
World

The Tricky Business Of Reintegrating The Taliban

Originally published on Sun September 30, 2012 3:59 pm

Former Taliban fighters display their weapons as they join Afghan government forces during a ceremony in Herat province on Sept. 18.
Aref Karimi AFP/Getty Images

In an attempt to put down the insurgency in Afghanistan, the international community has spent millions to try to reintegrate former Taliban fighters and other militants back into society.

So how well has it worked?

Critics like Kate Clark of the Afghanistan Analysts Network say many militants use these programs to gain access to arms and money, without necessarily changing their ways.

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1:36pm

Mon September 24, 2012

6:02am

Fri September 21, 2012
The Two-Way

As Last Surge Troops Leave, Some Afghans Take Up Arms Against Taliban

January 2011: Boys in the Andar district of Afghanistan gathered to collect candy from passing U.S. Army soldiers. Now, there are reports from that area of locals rising up against the Taliban.
Shah Marai AFP/Getty Images

As Defense Secretary Leon Panetta notes that the last of the 33,000 so-called surge troops who were added to the U.S. force in Afghanistan last year have now left the country, there's this interesting news:

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1:23am

Sat September 1, 2012
The Two-Way

Officials: 12 Dead In Dual Suicide Attacks At NATO Base In Afghanistan

Originally published on Sat September 1, 2012 1:10 pm

A security official looks at rubble of a building destroyed during a twin suicide bomb attack in Wardak province, Afghanistan, on Saturday.
Stringer/Afghanistan Reuters /Landov

Update at 10:40 a.m. ET:

NPR's Soraya Sarhaddi Nelson tells our Newscast unit the Taliban is claiming responsibility for both attacks, and that two U.S. soldiers are among the injured. One of the bombs exploded about 40 miles west of Kabul, on a road leading to a nearby U.S. military base. The deaths are numerous because there's a busy shopping center there. The other bomb went off near the district governor's compound.

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6:40am

Mon August 27, 2012
The Two-Way

Taliban Blamed For Killing 17 Partygoers

Originally published on Mon August 27, 2012 9:31 am

Seventeen people at a party in southern Afghanistan were attacked and beheaded by insurgents, officials said Monday.

The civilians were apparently targeted because they had "flouted the extreme brand of Islam embraced by the militants," The Associated Press reports. A government spokesman blamed the Taliban.

The news agency quoted a district government chief as saying the party involving music and dancing, activities shunned by the Taliban.

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