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U.S. troops in combat in Afghanistan in 2011. (AP Photo/David Goldman, File)
U.S. troops in combat in Afghanistan in 2011. (AP Photo/David Goldman, File)
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Reports say US broadening military mission in Afghanistan

WASHINGTON (AP) -- U.S. troops in Afghanistan may once again engage Taliban fighters, not just al-Qaida terrorists, under new guidelines quietly approved by President Barack Obama, administration officials say.

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Afghan soldiers remove a damaged vehicle from the site of a suicide attack near a U.S. military camp in Kabul, Afghanistan Sept. 16. (AP Photo/Massoud Hossaini)
Afghan soldiers remove a damaged vehicle from the site of a suicide attack near a U.S. military camp in Kabul, Afghanistan Sept. 16. (AP Photo/Massoud Hossaini)
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Taliban behead 12 people in remote Afghan province

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) -- The Taliban beheaded 12 Afghan civilians, mostly family members of local policemen, in an assault that was part of a week-long offensive that has so far killed 60 people and wounded scores in a remote province in eastern Afghanistan, officials said Friday.

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President Barack Obama listens as British Prime Minister David Cameron speaks during a news conference at the G7 summit in Brussels, Belgium, Thursday, June 5, 2014. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)
President Barack Obama listens as British Prime Minister David Cameron speaks during a news conference at the G7 summit in Brussels, Belgium, Thursday, June 5, 2014. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)
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Obama: ‘No Apologies’ for Bergdahl Prisoner Exchange

BRUSSELS (AP) -- President Barack Obama said Thursday he "absolutely makes no apologies" for seeking the release of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl in a prisoner swap with the Taliban, vigorously defending an exchange that has caused a furor in the United States and has dogged the president on his European trip this week.

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The Taliban on Wednesday, June 4, 2014, released a video showing the handover of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl to U.S. forces in eastern Afghanistan. (AP Photo/Voice Of Jihad Website via AP video)
The Taliban on Wednesday, June 4, 2014, released a video showing the handover of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl to U.S. forces in eastern Afghanistan. (AP Photo/Voice Of Jihad Website via AP video)
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Bergdahl’s Hometown Cancels Celebration Amid Furor

HAILEY, Idaho (AP) -- Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl's hometown abruptly canceled plans Wednesday for a welcome-home celebration, citing security concerns over the prospect of big crowds - both for and against the soldier.

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Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, sits in a vehicle guarded by the Taliban in eastern Afghanistan. (AP Photo/Voice Of Jihad Website via AP video)
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AP Analysis: Bergdahl Release Talks Had Wider Goal

The announcement that the U.S. government had secured the release of missing U.S. Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl and that it was freeing five senior Taliban figures from Guantanamo Bay has been portrayed first and foremost as a prisoner exchange. But the four-year history of secret dialogue that led to Saturday's release suggests that the main goal of each side may have been far more sweeping.

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The Taliban office in Doha before the official opening in Doha, Qatar. Qatar’ played a behind-the-scenes role in securing the release of U.S. Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl,  (AP Photo/Osama Faisal, File)
The Taliban office in Doha before the official opening in Doha, Qatar. Qatar’ played a behind-the-scenes role in securing the release of U.S. Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, (AP Photo/Osama Faisal, File)
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Tiny Qatar Stands to Benefit from Go-Between Role

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) -- Qatar's behind-the-scenes role in securing the release of U.S. Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl in exchange for five Taliban operatives was a classic move by a tiny but natural gas-rich Gulf state with outsize ambitions that extend to hosting soccer's World Cup in eight years' time.

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Jani and Bob Bergdahl, father of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, speak to the media during a press conference at Gowen Field in Boise, Idaho, on Sunday, June 1, 2014.  (AP Photo/Otto Kitsinger)
Jani and Bob Bergdahl, father of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, speak to the media during a press conference at Gowen Field in Boise, Idaho, on Sunday, June 1, 2014. (AP Photo/Otto Kitsinger)
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Friends Describe Freed US Soldier as Multi-Faceted

BOISE, Idaho (AP) -- Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl always seemed to be searching for something to define his life.

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A Pentagon investigation concluded in 2010 that Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, above, walked away from his unit, and after an initial flurry of searching, the military decided not to exert extraordinary efforts to rescue him. (AP Photo/U.S. Army, File)
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Army May Still Pursue Bergdahl Desertion Charges

BRUSSELS (AP) -- The Army may still pursue an investigation that could lead to desertion or other charges against Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, who was freed from five years of Taliban captivity in a prisoner exchange last weekend, Gen. Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said Tuesday.

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Bob Bergdahls, above, the father of an American soldier just released from captivity in Afghanistan says he's proud of how far his son, Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, was willing to go to help the Afghan people. (AP Photo/Otto Kitsinger)
Bob Bergdahls, above, the father of an American soldier just released from captivity in Afghanistan says he's proud of how far his son, Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, was willing to go to help the Afghan people. (AP Photo/Otto Kitsinger)
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Debate Stirs Over US-Taliban Captive Swap

WASHINGTON (AP) — Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl can expect a buoyant homecoming after five years in Taliban hands, but those in the government who worked for his release face mounting questions over the prisoner swap that won his freedom.

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President Barack Obama, left, is introduced by Marine Gen. Joseph Dunford, commander of the US-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) at Bagram Air Field, Afghanistan, Sunday, May 25, 2014. (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci)
President Barack Obama, left, is introduced by Marine Gen. Joseph Dunford, commander of the US-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) at Bagram Air Field, Afghanistan, Sunday, May 25, 2014. (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci)
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US Afghan Commander: Obama Ended Uncertainty

The top U.S. and coalition commander in Afghanistan says that President Barack Obama's decision to keep about 10,000 American troops in the country past 2014 has eliminated any uncertainty Afghans may have had about America's commitment.

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