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Notre Dame's Matt Farrell, left, is surprised by his brother Bo Farrell on the court following Notre Dame's 77-62 victory over Colgate
Notre Dame's Matt Farrell, left, is surprised by his brother Bo Farrell on the court following Notre Dame's 77-62 victory over Colgate in South Bend (AP Photo/Robert Franklin)
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Surprise! Watch NJ Notre Dame basketball player shocked as brother returns from Afghanistan

Notre Dame's Matt Farrell, a New Jersey native, thought his brother watched the game from Afghanistan.

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Military vehicles guard after an attack on the American University of Afghanistan in Kabul, Afghanistan
Military vehicles guard after an attack on the American University of Afghanistan in Kabul, Afghanistan (AP Photo/Rahmat Gul)
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Attack on American University in Afghanistan leaves 12 dead

A brazen, hours-long militant attack on the American University of Afghanistan ended early Thursday after at least 12 people were killed and dozens were wounded in the assault on the sprawling campus on Kabul's outskirts, a government spokesman said.

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Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter listens as U.S. President Barack Obama delivers a statement
Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter listens as U.S. President Barack Obama delivers a statement (Win McNamee/Getty Images)
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Obama to slow pace of Afghanistan troop withdrawal

The U.S. will slow its troop drawdown in Afghanistan, leaving a force of 8,400 when President Barack Obama completes his term, the president announced Wednesday in a blunt acknowledgment that America will remain entangled there despite his aspirations to end the war.

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an Afghan man reads a local newspaper with photos the former leader of the Afghan Taliban, Mullah Akhtar Mansoor, who was killed in a U.S. drone strike in Kabul, Afghanistan.
an Afghan man reads a local newspaper with photos the former leader of the Afghan Taliban, Mullah Akhtar Mansoor, who was killed in a U.S. drone strike in Kabul, Afghanistan (AP Photo/Rahmat Gul, File)
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Afghanistan airstrikes approved by Obama

After months of debate, the White House has approved plans to expand the military's authority to conduct airstrikes against the Taliban when necessary, as the violence in Afghanistan escalates, senior U.S. and defense officials said Thursday.

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Although most U.S. combat forces have been withdrawn from the continuing wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, the troops are on near-constant training exercises for future deployments. (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)
Although most U.S. combat forces have been withdrawn from the continuing wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, the troops are on near-constant training exercises for future deployments. (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)
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Officials: White House OKs expanded Afghanistan airstrikes

After months of debate, the White House has approved plans to expand the military's authority to conduct airstrikes against the Taliban when necessary, as the violence in Afghanistan escalates, senior U.S. and defense officials said Thursday.

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Refugees from Afghanistan and Pakistan protest at the detention center against their deportation to Turkey on April 5, 2016 in Lesbos, Greece. (Photo by Milos Bicanski/Getty Images)
Refugees from Afghanistan and Pakistan protest at the detention center against their deportation to Turkey on April 5, 2016 in Lesbos, Greece. (Photo by Milos Bicanski/Getty Images)
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US general sending troop plan for Afghanistan to US leaders

The top U.S. commander in Afghanistan is sending his recommendations to senior leaders this week on how many American troops should remain in the country next year to work with Afghan forces battling a resurgent Taliban, a military spokesman said Wednesday.

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Army Gen. John Campbell, commander, Operation Resolute Support U.S. Forces, testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Feb. 2, 2016, before the House Armed Services Committee hearing: “Afghanistan in 2016: The Evolving Security Situation and U.S. Policy, Strategy, and Posture." Campbell told the committee that most of the problems facing the Afghan security forces stem from poor leadership. (AP Photo/Molly Riley)
Army Gen. John Campbell testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Feb. 2, 2016, before the House Armed Services Committee. (AP Photo/Molly Riley)
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Top US commander says war in Afghanistan is not a lost cause

The top American commander in Afghanistan told lawmakers on Tuesday that the war is not a lost cause and underscored his optimism with a personal story about his son, an Army sergeant preparing for his third deployment to the war-torn country.

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Commander of U.S. and NATO forces in Afghanistan, General John F. Campbell talks during an interview with the Associated Press at his office in Resolute Support headquarters in Kabul, Afghanistan, Tuesday, Dec. 15, 2015. Supporters of the Islamic State group in Afghanistan are attempting to establish a regional base in the eastern city of Jalalabad, the commander of U.S. and NATO forces in Afghanistan, General John Campbell, said on Tuesday. (AP Photos/Massoud Hossaini)
Commander of U.S. and NATO forces in Afghanistan, General John F. Campbell during an interview with the Associated Press in Kabul, Afghanistan, Tuesday, Dec. 15, 2015. (AP Photos/Massoud Hossaini)
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Pentagon says violence is on rise in Afghanistan

Violence in Afghanistan is on the rise, according to a new Pentagon report to Congress that says the Taliban was emboldened by the reduced U.S. military role and are likely to try to build momentum from their 2015 attack strategy.

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