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Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Afghan leader backs away from Taliban talks

Afghan National Army soldiers attend their graduation ceremony Saturday in Kabul, Afghanistan. One of the most significant turning points in one of America's longest and costliest wars is imminent: Afghanistan's fledgling security forces are taking the lead for security nationwide, bringing the moment of truth on the question of whether they are ready to fight an insurgency that remains resilient after nearly 12 years of conflict.