Obama's War

Combating Extremism in Afghanistan and Pakistan

U.S., NATO to announce 'transition' strategy


Even as it announces the "transition" process, NATO will also state its intention to keep combat troops in Afghanistan until 2014, a date originally set by Afghan President Hamid Karzai.
» PHOTOS: Images from the war in Afghanistan
» For NATO, new realities bring new strategy
» Embattled Inspector General for Afghan war called to testify

Karzai: reduce U.S. military presence

In an interview with The Washington Post, Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai said that he wanted American troops off the roads and out of Afghan homes.

Obama awards Medal of Honor

VIDEO | Salvatore Giunta, an Army staff sergeant who stepped into the line of fire to help a pair of comrades on the Afghan battlefield, was awarded the Medal of Honor in a White House ceremony Nov. 16.

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Afghanistan faces grave challenges politically and economically. The Washington Post follows the U.S. military and the Obama administration as they try to turn around the deteriorating situation in Afghanistan and prevent the spread of extremist groups across the border in Pakistan.

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