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US military deaths in Afghanistan at 1,461

As of Tuesday, May 3, 2011, at least 1,461 members of the U.S. military had died in Afghanistan as a result of the U.S. invasion of Afghanistan in late 2001, according to an Associated Press count. Full story

Matthews: They ended it ‘just right’

   The Hardball host talks about the competence the U.S. had in bringing Osama bin Laden to justice.

Petraeus to move from war command to Cabinet post

The U.S. general credited with turning around the war in Iraq — and is close to turning a corner in Afghanistan — is about to take command of America's spy agency and edge his way onto the political scene. Full story

Investigating Pakistan’s relationship with the US

   Jonathan Landay of McClatchy and Steve Clemons of the New America Foundation debate whether Pakistan can really be a U.S. ally if they’re expelling America’s CIA and Special Ops.

US military deaths in Afghanistan at 1,417

As of Tuesday, April 5, 2011, at least 1,417 members of the U.S. military had died in Afghanistan as a result of the U.S. invasion of Afghanistan in late 2001, according to an Associated Press count. Full story

Afghanistan looms as political liability

   David Corn of Mother Jones magazine talks with Rachel Maddow about how the political pressure of the increasing unpopularity of the war in Afghanistan will affect the U.S. pull-out timeline and strategy Afghanistan and Pakistan.

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  Obama focuses on Afghanistan

A Dylan Ratigan Show panel talks about the message President Obama is trying to send with his surprise trip to Afghanistan.

  U.S. testing war against Pakistan

Rachel Maddow describes how escalating military operations within Pakistan by the U.S. has led the Pakistani government to retaliate against American forces there, cutting off U.S. supply lines and openly questioning whether the U.S. is really their enemy.

  Did military box Obama in on Afghan war?

Bob Woodward, whose new book “Obama’s Wars” paints a picture of the commander in chief at odds with the military brass, joins Hardball’s Chris Matthews to discuss whether or not the president now has command of his generals.

  Terrible idea: Bomb squad reality show

New York Times columnist Frank Rich talks with Rachel Maddow about a new reality show that will follow the lives of U.S. military members in an explosive ordinance disposal unit stationed in Afghanistan.

  Will the war in Afghanistan end successfully?

Meet the Press moderator David Gregory gives a sneak peak at his interview with Gen. David Petraeus and the challenges facing him in Afghanistan.

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U.S. Marines conducting house-to-house searches

A US Marine from Fox Company 2nd Battalion 3rd Marines kicks down a door as his platoon searches house-to-house during day three of Operation Germinate into the restive Bhuji Bhast Pass in Farah Province, southern Afghanistan, on October 9, 2009. The Bhuji Bhast Pass is effectively a Taliban corrido