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Nearly 40 years after the war, American vets who live in Vietnam are working to foster reconciliation between the two countries, while other former US soldiers are traveling there to find ‘closure.’
Photo: Courtesy Bill Ervin

Nearly 40 years after the war, American vets who live in Vietnam are working to foster reconciliation between the two countries, while other former US soldiers are traveling there to find ‘closure.’

Photo: Courtesy Bill Ervin

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America’s new isolationism Weary of war, Americans increasingly balk at military intervention. Does this reflect a new strain of isolationism or just doubts about the effectiveness of using force in the Middle East?
Graphs: John Kehe/The Christian Science Monitor

America’s new isolationism Weary of war, Americans increasingly balk at military intervention. Does this reflect a new strain of isolationism or just doubts about the effectiveness of using force in the Middle East?

Graphs: John Kehe/The Christian Science Monitor

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The Future of Drones in the US:  As the war in Afghanistan scales down, drone manufactures are looking to domestic uses, including weather and agriculture monitoring, law enforcement and border control, and disaster management. 
Graphic: Allison Terry and Jacob Turcotte/The Christian Science Monitor

The Future of Drones in the US:  As the war in Afghanistan scales down, drone manufactures are looking to domestic uses, including weather and agriculture monitoring, law enforcement and border control, and disaster management. 

Graphic: Allison Terry and Jacob Turcotte/The Christian Science Monitor

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Sexual assault in the military: Can special counsels for victims help?

Sexual assault in the military: Can special counsels for victims help?

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Can Europe shoulder its military burden on its own? 
As Britain’s military shrinks, US concerns grow
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A graphic from our feature, "Women in combat: US military on verge of making it official," this week’s cover story.

A graphic from our feature, "Women in combat: US military on verge of making it official," this week’s cover story.

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Women in combat: De facto warriors in Afghanistan and Iraq, women are now closer than ever to the “profession of combat arms.” The US military is opening jobs to them closer to the battlefield, and they are pushing to abolish job limits through legal battles.
READ: Women in combat: US military on verge of making it official
PHOTO: Col. Jeannie Leavitt, Commander of the 4th Fighter Wing at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base in Goldsboro, N.C. is the first female jet fighter pilot in US history and first woman to command a fighter wing squadron. Military women largely have been unable to serve in such high commands because, barred from combat, they have been unable to get the experience they need to advance. (James Robinson/Special to the Christian Science Monitor)

Women in combat: De facto warriors in Afghanistan and Iraq, women are now closer than ever to the “profession of combat arms.” The US military is opening jobs to them closer to the battlefield, and they are pushing to abolish job limits through legal battles.

READ: Women in combat: US military on verge of making it official

PHOTO: Col. Jeannie Leavitt, Commander of the 4th Fighter Wing at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base in Goldsboro, N.C. is the first female jet fighter pilot in US history and first woman to command a fighter wing squadron. Military women largely have been unable to serve in such high commands because, barred from combat, they have been unable to get the experience they need to advance. (James Robinson/Special to the Christian Science Monitor)

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Monitor photographer Melanie Stetson Freeman captured photos of Afghanistan today, for the album Inside Afghanistan: Remnants of America’s longest war, part of this week’s cover story, US legacy in Afghanistan: What 11 years of war has accomplished.

Photo 1: Muhammad Nasser repairs shoes in his tiny shop. He works every day to support his mother, his wife, and three children. He makes 150 to 200 afghani a day – about $3 to $4.

Photo 2: A shoe store in an upscale mall sells goods from overseas, like Clarks shoes.


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PHOTO: New recruits in the Afghan National Army learn how to shoot M-16 rifles. (Melanie Stetson Freeman/Staff)
After years of standing in the background, Beijing is starting to show signs of closer engagement with its strife-torn neighbor in a bid to ward off disaster, say Chinese and foreign analysts.
When Afghan President Hamid Karzai meets his Chinese counterpart Hu Jintao here on Friday, they will raise their countries’ bilateral relations to a “new strategic level,” an Afghan official told reporters in Kabul this week.
READ: Why China is likely to get more involved in Afghanistan

PHOTO: New recruits in the Afghan National Army learn how to shoot M-16 rifles. (Melanie Stetson Freeman/Staff)

After years of standing in the background, Beijing is starting to show signs of closer engagement with its strife-torn neighbor in a bid to ward off disaster, say Chinese and foreign analysts.

When Afghan President Hamid Karzai meets his Chinese counterpart Hu Jintao here on Friday, they will raise their countries’ bilateral relations to a “new strategic level,” an Afghan official told reporters in Kabul this week.

READ: Why China is likely to get more involved in Afghanistan

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How some veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan are helping turn around a drug-infested neighborhood of Baltimore – and themselves.
READ: Veterans’ new fight: reviving inner-city America

How some veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan are helping turn around a drug-infested neighborhood of Baltimore – and themselves.

READ: Veterans’ new fight: reviving inner-city America