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Passenger gets "pissy" over allegedly peed upon luggage. CNN's Jeanne Moos reports.
(CNN) - Dozens of suspected al Qaeda militants escaped Wednesday from a jail in the Yemeni city of Mukalla, a senior security official said.
An Interior Ministry official said 63 members of al Qaeda had managed to break out of Almakla prison, according to the state-run SABA news agency. He said three were killed and another two arrested and that a prison guard was killed. He asked to remain anonymous because he is not authorized to speak to the media.FULL STORY
Sen. Joe Manchin, D-West Virginia, says the U.S. mission in Afghanistan should change to counterterrorism.
CNN's Jill Dougherty reports on the civilians expected to move in to help rebuild Afghanistan once soldiers move out.
A Southwest Airlines pilot goes on an offensive rant over an open cockpit mic. CNN's Jeanne Meserve reports.
CNN's Dana Bash examines the odd alliances that are forming on Capitol Hill over the issue of an Afghan troop pullout.
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(CNN) - The president tonight will announce an initial troop withdrawal from Afghanistan but will also make his case for keeping tens of thousands of U.S. troops there through the end of 2014.
Just to recap: There were 32,000 U.S. troops in Afghanistan when Obama took office on January 20, 2009. He quickly doubled down on the Bush counter-terrorism and counter-insurgency strategy and increased that number to the current 100,000.
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CNN: Obama to outline Afghanistan troop withdrawal plan
President Barack Obama will deliver a nationally televised address Wednesday night outlining his long-awaited plan to begin U.S. troop withdrawals from Afghanistan - a move meant to appeal to a war-weary public without damaging American security interests. The president's speech is scheduled for 8 p.m. ET.