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Mattis Visits South Asia Amid Afghanistan Shakeup

Defense Secretary Jim Mattis is in South Asia for the first time since the White House unveiled its new strategy for the U.S.-led war in Afghanistan. The Pentagon chief landed Monday in India’s capital, where he will meet with senior leaders, including Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Mattis is hoping to deepen Washington’s quickly growing defense relationship with New Delhi. One area of cooperation could be Afghanistan, where the U.S. is in a deadlock with the Taliban after 16 years. President Donald Trump has called on New Delhi to do…

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American Expat Leaves Historical Legacy for Afghanistan

Nancy Dupree wasn’t born in Afghanistan, but she is widely known as the country’s “grandmother” for her efforts to provide a recent history for the millions of people who have been displaced during the Soviet occupation, civil war and terrorism over the past four decades. The culmination of her tenacity, hard work and love for her adopted country is the American Center at Kabul University, where more than 90,000 books, papers and other items provide a searchlight — perhaps the best one — through the country’s recent chaos. “I think…

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