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U.N. Report: 25,000 Foreign Fighters Joining Islamist Militant Groups

Thousands have left their homes en route to Iraq and Syria, which the U.N. report calls an "international finishing school" for extremists.
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Non-Profit Helps Young Afghan Women Reach Country's Tallest Peak

An American NGO called "Ascend" is training Afghan girls to scale their country's highest peak this year. The young Afghan women are a mix of haves and have-nots.
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The Ascent Of Afghan Women

Afghanistan is a mountainous land where mountain climbing is rare among men and virtually nonexistent among women. An American is now preparing young Afghan women to scale the country's highest peak.
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Afghan Chief Executive: Leaders Set Aside Egos To Rally For Nation

Abdullah Abdullah and Afghan President Ashraf Ghani, once fierce political rivals, traveled together to Washington last week to undo years of hostility between their predecessor and Obama.
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Hearing Set For Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl After Desertion Charges Filed

The Army has charged Bergdahl with desertion and misbehavior before the enemy. Bergdahl disappeared from his unit in Afghanistan in 2009 and end up being held captive by the Taliban for five years.
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President Obama Holds First Meeting With Afghan President

President Obama held his first face-to-face meeting Tuesday with Afghan President Ashraf Ghani. White House officials say this marks the beginning of a new, more cooperative U.S.-Afghan relationship.
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U.S. Reconsiders Troop Withdrawal Plan In Afghanistan

The Obama administration said Tuesday that it will maintain about 9,800 troops in Afghanistan until the end of 2015. The U.S. originally planned to reduce the number to 5,500 by the end of the year.
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Afghanistan Still Relies On U.S., President Ghani Reiterates

Ashraf Ghani will be at the White House on Tuesday as his country tries to forge a new relationship with Washington. On Monday, Ghani thanked Americans for the U.S. investment in Afghanistan.
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U.S. Weighs Its Responsibility When Afghan Forces Commit Abuses

The U.S. has put Afghan security forces in the lead in the fight against the Taliban. Despite that move, the U.S. must still take responsibility for their actions, including when they commit abuses.
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Transcript: NPR's Interview With Afghan President Ashraf Ghani

Ghani spoke with Morning Edition host Renee Montagne.

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