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Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, says Sunday during a news conference in Kabul, Afghanistan, that the top U.S. commander in the war-weary country has been ordered to submit a plan by mid-October for the initial withdrawal of American troops. (Associated Press)

Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, says Sunday during a news conference in Kabul, Afghanistan, that the top U.S. commander in the war-weary country has been ordered to submit a plan by mid-October for the initial withdrawal of American troops. (Associated Press)

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