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Afghan election commission workers unload ballot boxes at the Independent Election Commission in Kandahar on April 7, 2014.

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Afghan election commission workers unload ballot boxes at the Independent Election Commission in Kandahar on April 7, 2014.

Bloomberg by the Numbers: 7 Million

More than 7 million voters in Afghanistan cast ballots in the April 5 presidential election, according to the nation’s Independent Election Commission. Eight candidates sought to succeed Hamid Karzai, raising the likelihood of a runoff election. “As many as 12...

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Hillary Clinton, U.S. secretary of state, arrives to a Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing chaired by Senator John Kerry, a Democrat from Massachusetts, left, in Washington, D.C., in this May 23, 2012 file photo.

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Hillary Clinton, U.S. secretary of state, arrives to a Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing chaired by Senator John Kerry, a Democrat from Massachusetts, left, in Washington, D.C., in this May 23, 2012 file photo.

Kerry’s Rising Ratings Still Trailing Clinton, Rice and Powell: Gallup

Even in a dangerous world, it turns out, being secretary of state may be good for you. John Kerry ran for president and lost. Now 55 percent of Americans hold a favorable view of the secretary of state roving from...

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An Afghan Army soldier, left, and soldiers with the 4th Brigade of the 101st Airborne Division at Camp Parsa in Khost province, Afghanistan, on June 22, 2013.

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An Afghan Army soldier, left, and soldiers with the 4th Brigade of the 101st Airborne Division at Camp Parsa in Khost province, Afghanistan, on June 22, 2013.

Obama Should Take Credit for Afghanistan, McKeon Says

President Barack Obama is too quiet about one of the top accomplishments of his administration, House Armed Services Chairman Buck McKeon says. McKeon, speaking at a National Press Club luncheon today, said the U.S. involvement in Afghanistan has been a...

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Obama State of the Union by Harrer

President Barack Obama delivered his State of the Union address to a joint session of Congress. Bloomberg Photo / Andrew Harrer

Obama: ‘The Danger Remains’

“When I took office, nearly 180,000 Americans were serving in Iraq and Afghanistan,” said President Barack Obama, who opposed the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq before his election to the Senate from Illinois yet has executed a hard-charging ground and drone...

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Robert Gates, U.S. secretary of defense in Miami.

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Robert Gates, U.S. secretary of defense in Miami.

Bob Gates, Meet Bob Woodward — There Are No ‘Do-Overs’

The media blitz that started former Defense Secretary Robert Gates’ tour with his memoirs got off to a rocky start last week, you may recall. It had all the makings of a dream campaign: Feed the Washington Post an advance copy of “Duty,”...

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Iraqi men from local tribes brandish their weapons in the city of Fallujah on Jan. 5, 2014.

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Iraqi men from local tribes brandish their weapons in the city of Fallujah on Jan. 5, 2014.

Iraq, Afghanistan: $1.47 Trillion

Updated at 1:36 pm EST As turmoil in Iraq underscores the instability of a nation the U.S. spent a decade dismantling and then rebuilding, the Pentagon has a price tag for U.S. involvement there since 2001: $731 Billion. And as...

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Afghan carpet vendors at a weekend bazaar in a Kabul military compound.

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Afghan carpet vendors at a weekend bazaar in a Kabul military compound.

Blackhawks Blow Kabul Bazaar — Sunny, With a Chance of Rotor-Wash

It’s a sunny and mildly chilly afternoon in Kabul on a Friday, a slow-ops tempo day in military speak, when civilians and people in uniform can take it easy because their Afghan counterparts are off on their weekend. After three...

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Indian Bollywood actor Amitabh Bachchan during a press conference for the seventh season of the the Indian television game show Kaun Banega Crorepati in Mumbai on August 29, 2013.

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Indian Bollywood actor Amitabh Bachchan during a press conference for the seventh season of the the Indian television game show Kaun Banega Crorepati in Mumbai on August 29, 2013.

Bollywood Stars Thrill War-Weary Afghans

It’s 7:30 p.m. on a weekday evening in Mazar-i-Sharif in northern Afghanistan. The 1970s hit Bollywood romance movie “Abhimaan (Pride)” is playing on one of the TV channels. That’s not some stray channel off a satellite receiver. Flip a couple of channels and the...

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James Smart, project manager at TMH Medical, dancing on Halloween night at Kandahar Air Field.

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James Smart, project manager at TMH Medical, dancing on Halloween night at Kandahar Air Field.

Cha Cha Sliding on Halloween at Kandahar Air Field

“Cha Cha Slide” by Chicago’s DJ Casper is pouring out of speakers at the Mamma Mia’s Pizza restaurant as a crowd of about 20 is sashaying to the song’s called-out instructions on Halloween night. All eyes are on James Smart, a...

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