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Parallels
9:04 am
Fri June 13, 2014

In A First, Afghanistan Is Set To Change Leaders At The Ballot Box

Abdullah Abdullah shakes hands with supporters at an election campaign rally in Ghor province. He'll face off Saturday against former Finance Minister Ashraf Ghani.
Omar Sobhani AP

Originally published on Fri June 13, 2014 5:42 pm

Afghanistan is about to get a new leader for the first time since the Taliban were driven out in 2001 and replaced by the current president, Hamid Karzai.

Saturday's presidential runoff will be a historic event in Afghanistan, marking the first time in the country's long and often painful history that power has changed hands through the ballot box.

Karzai is barred from running again, and the only two names on the ballot will be Abdullah Abdullah, an ophthalmologist and former foreign minister, and Ashraf Ghani, a former finance minister and World Bank official.

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The Two-Way
6:55 am
Fri June 13, 2014

Bergdahl Back In The U.S. To Continue Recovery

Bowe Bergdahl, seen on a Taliban-affiliated website sometime after his capture by Taliban militants in 2009.
Reuters/Landov

Originally published on Fri June 13, 2014 4:52 pm

This post was updated at 4:20 p.m. ET

Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl is back in the U.S.

As we told you early this morning, Bergdahl, who was freed May 31 by his Taliban captors in exchange for five of the group's members in Guantanamo Bay, arrived at Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio after a flight from Ramstein Air Base in Germany. He will continue his treatment at the center.

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The Two-Way
6:25 am
Fri June 13, 2014

Shiite Leaders Urge Iraqis To Rise Up Against Sunni Extremists

A banner bearing a black flag used by the al-Qaida-linked Islamic State of Iraq and Syria hangs from an overpass in Mosul, Iraq. The picture was posted Thursday on a militant Twitter account, and was authenticated by The Associated Press. Iraqi officials say ISIS militants also captured two towns in the ethnically mixed Diyalah province.
AP

Originally published on Fri June 13, 2014 9:39 am

Updated at 9:38 a.m. ET

Al-Qaida-linked Sunni militants continued their march across the country, and a representative of the country's most revered Shiite cleric urged Iraqis to defend their nation, increasing the possibility of sectarian strife in Iraq.

Meanwhile, Kurdish fighters filled the vacuum created by fleeing Iraqi forces, and pressure built on President Obama to take action in Iraq.

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Iraq
5:58 am
Fri June 13, 2014

Iraq's Army Stumbles Because U.S. Left Too Quickly, Analyst Says

Originally published on Fri June 13, 2014 6:29 am

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Middle East
5:08 am
Fri June 13, 2014

Iraq's Army Is Ineffective Against Islamist Insurgents

Originally published on Fri June 13, 2014 8:30 am

There are reports of Iraqi government troops just fleeing, dropping their weapons and shedding their uniforms. The U.S. spent a lot of time and money training Iraqi forces.

Afghanistan
4:09 am
Fri June 13, 2014

Taliban Prisoner Swap For Bergdahl Was To Be Part Of Bigger Deal

Originally published on Fri June 13, 2014 6:29 am

The exchange of detainees for Bowe Bergdahl was supposed to be part of a bigger peace process. Renee Montagne talks to Marc Grossman, former U.S. special representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan.

Afghanistan
4:06 am
Fri June 13, 2014

Afghans To Decide Successor To Karzai On Saturday

Originally published on Fri June 13, 2014 10:04 am

Renee Montagne talks to Abdullah Abdullah, the Afghan presidential frontrunner. Abdullah faces a runoff with Ashraf Ghani to determine who will succeed embattled Afghan President Hamid Karzai.

The Two-Way
5:40 pm
Thu June 12, 2014

More Brutal Killings Of Women In Northern India

Police investigate the crime scene, after a teenage girl was murdered and found hanging from a tree on Thursday in Moradabad, India.
Barcroft Media /Landov

Last month, we reported on the horrific story of two teenage sisters who were allegedly gang-raped and then murdered in the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh. Their bodies were found hanging from a mango tree.

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Parallels
4:42 pm
Thu June 12, 2014

4 Key Things To Know About The Islamist Surge In Iraq

A Kurdish policeman stands guard while refugees from Mosul head to Irbil, Iraq, about 217 miles north of Baghdad in the self-ruled northern Kurdish region.
AP

Originally published on Thu June 12, 2014 6:39 pm

The extremist Islamist group ISIS, the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, shocked the world this week by conquering the northern city of Mosul, one of Iraq's largest cities and home to some 2 million people.

ISIS is also a key player in the Syrian civil war, fighting both the regime of Syrian President Bashar Assad and more moderate rebel forces.

The group is made of Syrian, Iraqi and foreign fighters who slide back and forth between the two countries for attacks on opponents or to take safe haven in the territory they control. Mosul is by far their biggest conquest yet.

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The Two-Way
4:22 pm
Thu June 12, 2014

Thai Junta To Foreign Journalists: 'Don't Call It A Coup'

Thai soldiers walk after being deployed to guard Bangkok's Victory Monument against anti-army protests, on Sunday. The ruling junta is now insisting that foreign journalists not call the military takeover a coup.
Wason Wanichakorn AP

Originally published on Thu June 12, 2014 6:46 pm

First it wasn't a coup. Then, it was.

Now, Thailand's ruling military junta tells foreign journalists that its May 22 toppling of an elected government was no coup after all.

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