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Photo timeline: The war in Afghanistan

The war in Afghanistan began on Oct. 7, 2001, as the U.S. military launched an operation in response to the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks on the U.S. The war continues today.

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House backs $37 billion in additional war funding
Article | The House on Tuesday approved spending an additional $37 billion on the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, overcoming the opposition of some Democrats who have concluded that the Afghan conflict is unwinnable.
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WikiLeaks.org founder answers Post reader questions
Video | Julian Assange, the founder of WikiLeaks.org, speaks with The Washington Post's Rocci Fisch and answers reader questions on just released secret Afghan war documents published by the web site.
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Afghan elections marked by violence, 'irregularities,' modest turnout
Article | KABUL - There were "widespread irregularities" but no evidence of "massive fraud" in Afghanistan's parliamentary elections, the chief U.N. envoy here said Saturday evening.
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Pakistan reopens border to NATO supply trucks
Article | ISLAMABAD - Pakistan has reopened an important border pass to NATO convoys, 10 days after enacting a blockade that strained relations with the United States and was followed by violent attacks on supply trucks stranded inside Pakistan.
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Army soldier says staff sergeant plotted Afghans' killings
Article | A U.S. Army staff sergeant dreamed up a plan for fellow soldiers to kill three Afghan civilians this year because he was motivated by "pure hatred," another soldier accused in the slayings has told investigators.
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CIA making secret payments to members of Karzai administration
Article | The CIA is making secret payments to multiple members of President Hamid Karzai's administration, in part to maintain sources of information in a government in which the Afghan leader is often seen as having a limited grasp of developments, according to current and former U.S. officials.
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Bob Woodward - White House "Inside Man"
Photos | The Washington Post's Bob Woodward changed presidential history with his reporting on the Watergate scandal, and he has been chronicling the inner workings of the White House ever since.
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U.S. and Afghans at odds over Kabul Bank reform
Article | KABUL - The United States and Afghan President Hamid Karzai are at odds over a proposed investigation into Kabul Bank and how to clean up the tottering but politically connected financial institution, according to U.S. and Afghan officials.
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Karzai's order on security firms raises concerns
Article | KABUL -- The Watan Group's trained fighting force of 2,000 men, armed with rifles and rockets, battles daily to secure the most dangerous roads in Afghanistan so that critical supply convoys can reach U.S. and NATO troops.
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U.S. worried by Hamid Karzai's attempt to assert control over corruption probes
Article | Obama administration officials fear that a move by Afghan President Hamid Karzai to assert control over U.S.-backed corruption investigations might provoke the biggest crisis in U.S.-Afghan relations since last year's fraud-riddled election and could further threaten congressional approval of bil...
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U.S. struggles to counter Taliban propaganda
Article | KABUL - The Taliban in recent months has developed increasingly sophisticated and nimble propaganda tactics that have alarmed U.S. officials struggling to curb the militant group's growing influence across Afghanistan.
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Dutch troops end mission in Afghanistan
Article | KABUL -- The Netherlands became the first NATO country to end its combat mission in Afghanistan, drawing the curtain Sunday on a four-year operation that was deeply unpopular at home and even brought down a Dutch government.
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Petraeus says U.S. strategy is on track
Article | KABUL -- In his first six weeks as the top U.S. and NATO commander in Afghanistan, Gen. David H. Petraeus has seen insurgent attacks on coalition forces spike to record levels, violence metastasize to previously stable areas, and the country's president undercut anti-corruption units backed by Wa...
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Taliban fighters, some disguised as American soldiers, attack two U.S. bases
Article | KABUL - Afghan President Hamid Karzai's chief of staff said Saturday that he is not sure the government is "on a path to success" in securing the country against the Taliban and that it could fail altogether if the United States does not significantly alter its strategy in fighting the nine-year...
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In Kandahar, U.S. tries the lessons of Baghdad
Article | KANDAHAR, AFGHANISTAN -- This city is starting to feel a lot like Baghdad.
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Insurgents blamed for rise in Afghan civilian casualties
Article | KABUL -- A new report that shows civilian casualties have soared in Afghanistan largely because of increased insurgent violence was thrown into relief Tuesday when a pair of suicide bombers blew themselves up and killed two other Afghans outside a foreign guesthouse in central Kabul.
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Insurgent groups rouse fear before Afghan elections
Article | KABUL -- On a recent campaign swing through Kandahar, Afghan parliamentary candidate Khalid Pashtoon brought the essentials: posters, leaflets and 15 bodyguards armed with pistols and rifles.
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Afghan President Karzai appeals for peace after provincial official's murder
Article | KABUL - President Hamid Karzai on Tuesday lamented the slaying of a provincial official and renewed his appeal to insurgents to reconcile with the government, weeping openly when he said that he worries that his son might not be able to grow up in Afghanistan.

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