SPECIAL TOPICAl Qaeda and Afghanistan: Winning the Fight
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President Obama has vowed to remove US troops from Afghanistan by 2014. But the war with al Qaeda and its allies cannot be "ended" — it can only be won or lost. Despite the negative stories about Taliban raids and insider attacks, the US-led effort is actually on a path to success. Afghanistan is the jewel in al Qaeda’s crown, and the extremists who want to bring their fight back to US soil are desperate to recapture it. Do we have the resolve to defeat them?

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