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Afghan officials deny high-level talks with members of the Taliban. And, the high court hears sides in the funeral protest case.

Uncertainty Rules as War Enters 10th Year

KABUL, Afghanistan — It’s make-or-break time in Afghanistan.

The war enters its 10th year Thursday, and this is no ordinary anniversary.

FBI Program to Boost Security at Bases

WASHINGTON — Nearly a year after a shooting rampage at Fort Hood, Texas, the Pentagon is taking new steps to beef up security and surveillance programs at its bases, and will join an FBI intelligence-sharing program aimed at identifying future terror threats, U.S. officials said.

Awarded nation’s highest honor, soldier says he felt ‘lost,’ ‘angry’

As the first living recipient of the Medal of Honor since the Vietnam War, Sal Giunta has had plenty of media attention heaped on him. But this staff sergeant is determined to make the medal, at least symbolically, belong to others.

High court hears sides in funeral protest case

WASHINGTON — It is now up to the Supreme Court to decide whether picketing service members’ funerals is harassment or a form of public discourse protected by the First Amendment.

Afghan officials deny high-level talks with Taliban

Reporting from Kabul, Afghanistan —

Afghan President Hamid Karzai‘s government Wednesday denied reports that secret high-level talks with the Taliban had begun, although signals from various quarters suggested that back-channel contacts with the insurgency were gathering momentum.

Pak Border Still Closed Despite Apology

ISLAMABAD — Pakistan said Thursday it has not decided when to reopen a key border crossing NATO uses to ship supplies to Afghanistan despite a U.S. apology for a helicopter attack that killed two Pakistani soldiers.

It’s go-for-broke time on 9th anniversary of war

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The war in Afghanistan enters its 10th year Thursday with key players hedging their bets, uncertain whether the Obama administration is prepared to stay for the long haul, move quickly to exit an increasingly unpopular conflict, or something in between.

25 NATO fuel tankers attacked in Pakistan

QUETTA, Pakistan (AP) — Gunmen torched more than two dozen tankers carrying fuel to NATO troops and killed a driver Wednesday, the sixth attack on convoys taking supplies to Afghanistan since Pakistan closed a key border crossing almost a week ago.

Taliban in high-level talks with Karzai government, sources say

Taliban representatives and the government of Afghan President Hamid Karzai have begun secret, high-level talks over a negotiated end to the war, according to Afghan and Arab sources.

Worst U.S. war crimes case to emerge from Afghanistan leaves some asking: Where was the leadership?

WASHINGTON — Despite allegations that members of a rogue Stryker platoon engaged in a months long drug and murder spree while stationed at a small forward base in Afghanistan, no leaders or officers responsible for the platoon have been charged or disciplined in the case and the Army will not confirm whether any are under investigation.

Army Updates Spy Rules After WikiLeaks

WASHINGTON — The Army has updated its 17-year-old rule book on espionage specifically to require that troops alert authorities if they suspect classified leaks to news media outlets.

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