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"Three Cups of Tea" co-author Greg Mortenson in 2009 shows the locations of future village schools to U.S. Navy Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, at the opening of Pushghar Village Girls School in Afghanistan. (Defense Department via Associated Press)

"Three Cups of Tea" co-author Greg Mortenson in 2009 shows the locations of future village schools to U.S. Navy Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, at the opening of Pushghar Village Girls School in Afghanistan. (Defense Department via Associated Press)

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