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Securing the vote in volatile northeastern Afghanistan

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Securing the vote in volatile northeastern Afghanistan

A U.S. Marine embedded trainer with the Afghan National Army describes the atmosphere in northeastern Afghanistan, a well-known insurgent haven, ahead of national elections.

Posted: August 18, 2009 15:53   Comments: 1
Afghan election excitement overshadows Taliban threat

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Afghan election excitement overshadows Taliban threat

On Tuesday, the Taliban launched a series of attacks on the Afghan city of Kabul. Kimberly Marten of Columbia University discusses U.S. strategy ahead of the election and examines whether the attacks are a sign of what's to come on election day.

Posted: August 18, 2009 14:12   Comments: 0
Taliban tightens noose around Afghan city ahead of vote

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Taliban tightens noose around Afghan city ahead of vote

In Afghanistan on Tuesday, with the election two days away and the campaign winding down, the Taliban is doing all it can to let voters know they are not safe. Zeina Khodr of Al Jazeera English reports on the dangers in the southern city of Kandahar.

Posted: August 18, 2009 11:53   Comments: 0
Swine flu fears impact hookah smokers in Jordan

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Swine flu fears impact hookah smokers in Jordan

When it comes to smoking, the hookah -- or water pipe -- is a common sight throughout most of the Arab world. The pipes are often shared by many smokers, but health officials in Jordan, worried about the spread of swine flu, are now offering smokers what they say is a healthier choice.

Posted: August 18, 2009 09:14   Comments: 1
Taliban threats loom over Afghanistan’s upcoming election

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Taliban threats loom over Afghanistan’s upcoming election

The United States believes that upcoming elections in Afghanistan will legitimize the government, but the Taliban is doing all it can to disrupt the vote. Alex Their of the United States Institute of Peace and Worldfocus partner Al Jazeera English break down Afghanistan's complex political scene

Posted: August 17, 2009 15:22   Comments: 0
Egyptian leader in U.S. as discontent simmers at home

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Egyptian leader in U.S. as discontent simmers at home

Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak is in Washington for high-level talks with Obama administration officials. But Egypt's future is murky. Salameh Nematt of The Daily Beast discusses U.S.-Egyptian relations.

Posted: August 17, 2009 14:03   Comments: 1
Pakistan celebrates, reflects on independence day

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Pakistan celebrates, reflects on independence day

On Friday, Pakistan celebrated its 62nd anniversary of independence from British rule. Security was on high alert in the conflict-torn nation. A Worldfocus contributing blogger describes the changes Pakistan has gone through since gaining independence in 1947.

Posted: August 14, 2009 14:38   Comments: 0
Week in review: Afghanistan, Iraq and the Clintons

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Week in review: Afghanistan, Iraq and the Clintons

Gideon Rose of Foreign Affairs magazine and Carla Robbins of The New York Times discuss the week’s top stories: A major U.S. offensive as national elections approach in Afghanistan, a surge in suicide bombings in Iraq and Hillary Clinton's trip to Africa.

Posted: August 14, 2009 14:15   Comments: 5
U.S. launches assault on Taliban stronghold in Afghanistan

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U.S. launches assault on Taliban stronghold in Afghanistan

United States Marines went on the offensive on Wednesday, launching a major new attack on a Taliban stronghold in the south of Afghanistan. Anthony Cordesman of the Center for Strategic and International Studies discuss the offensive and the next phase of the war in Afghanistan.

Posted: August 12, 2009 15:21   Comments: 0
String of blasts kills scores in Iraq

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String of blasts kills scores in Iraq

For months, the Iraqi government and the U.S. have been sending the message that Iraq's security situation has steadily improved. But a new wave of violence has killed at least 48 people and injured 250. Douglas Ollivant discusses the continuing violence.

Posted: August 10, 2009 13:47   Comments: 3

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