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Afghan interpreters in visa limbo despite years of loyal service

When Mary Ann Rollins was deployed to Afghanistan with the Utah National Guard, she was prepared for bullets, bombs, danger and even death – but not love.

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UN report: Afghan insurgents use marijuana fields as hiding places

The amount of Afghan farmland planted with cannabis fell by nearly a fifth last year after one province launched a fierce eradication campaign, but a bumper crop meant that actual production rose compared with 2011, according to the UN.

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U.S. will spend $6 billion to remove military equipment from Afghanistan by 2014

Huge numbers of weapons and vehicles and tense relations with nearby countries make task more daunting than Iraq pullout

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Military expands mental health counseling in Afghanistan to soldiers over 'classified Skype'

Bagram airbase has 40-strong team of psychologists and others on hand, though stigma of such care in the military remains

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Peace talks with Taliban haven't begun, says U.S. ambassador to Afghanistan

There are no significant peace talks under way with the Taliban, the US ambassador to Afghanistan has said, despite years of western and Afghan government efforts to broker a political end to the decade-long war in the country, and some recent signs of progress.

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Hidden casualties of Afghan war: Nomadic farmers adopt more settled life

Former nomad Gul Mohammad has not taken to a settled life. "I live in a jail now," the 45-year-old said, gazing out despondently at a livestock market from a breeze-block shed that doubles as a rough tea house. With 11 children his tiny house feels crammed, and the large herd of sheep that once allowed him to eat meat regularly are a fading memory.

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Afghans angry at US soldiers who drove away in the night leaving rent unpaid

Only sign of huge US base is pile of rubbish and broken vehicles – and a festering land dispute in a volatile province

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U.S. plans to keep 10,000 troops in Afghanistan after 2014

The long-term US military presence in Afghanistan is likely to be a "light footprint" of about 10,000 American troops, boosted by a few thousand more soldiers from Nato allies, according to US media reports.

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U.S. begins talks on long-term troop presence in Afghanistan beyond 2014

Robert Bales shooting trial puts thorny issue of US troop immunity centre stage, with Hamid Karzai hoping to wring tough concessions

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Growing number of Afghan families turn to growing cannabis

High crop prices fuel increase in number of growers, adding to drug-control problems in world leader for opium production

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Afghanistan aid pledges hide rehashed promises and familiar corruption fears

International donors have lined up to pledge $16bn (£10bn) in aid for Afghanistan until 2015, but the bold figure masked recycled promises and concerns over corruption.

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U.S. crew sings ‘Miss American Pie’ before launching missile in Afghanistan

A video has surfaced online that appears to show a US helicopter crew singing "Bye-bye Miss American Pie" before blasting a group of Afghan men with a Hellfire missile.

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