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NATO Set to Take Over Troubled Afghan Region

This summer, the NATO alliance is expected to take over control of the most turbulent part of Afghanistan, the south. Analysts say the Taliban insurgency has dramatically intensified there, in an attempt to shake NATO member countries' political will.

Canadian troops around Kandahar have suffered the worst casualties they have experienced since the Korean War. And the Dutch are expected to take over an even more difficult province.

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Ivan Watson
Ivan Watson is currently based in Istanbul, Turkey. Following the 9-11 terrorist attacks, he has served as one of NPR's foreign "firemen," shuttling to and from hotspots around the Middle East and Central Asia.