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At the Presidential Palace in Kabul, Afghanistan, on Wednesday, May 2, 2012, President Obama and Afghan President Hamid Karzai prepare to sign a 10-page strategic partnership agreement that will govern the U.S. support role in the Southwest Asian nation after 2014. (Associated Press)

At the Presidential Palace in Kabul, Afghanistan, on Wednesday, May 2, 2012, President Obama and Afghan President Hamid Karzai prepare to sign a 10-page strategic partnership agreement that will govern the U.S. support role in the Southwest Asian nation after 2014. (Associated Press)

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