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U.S. advising Afghanistan in talks with Taliban

The Obama administration is offering advice and following the initial peace talks between the Afghan government and the Taliban, Defense Secretary Robert Gates told reporters.Full story

NATO backs reforms as U.S. warns on domestic cuts

NATO ministers backed reforms and cutbacks for alliance institutions Thursday to save tens of millions of dollars a year, but the United States warned its partners against making excessive cuts in national defense. Full story

Petraeus formally takes on troubled Afghan war

Gen. David Petraeus formally assumed command of the 130,000-strong international force in Afghanistan on Sunday at a time of rising casualties and growing skepticism. Full story

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