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U.S. Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta (center) walks with Gen. John Allen and U.S. Ambassador to Afghanistan Ryan Crocker (second from right) on the airport tarmac after his arrival in Kabul, Afghanistan, on Thursday. Mr. Panetta arrived to take stock of progress in the war and discuss plans for the troop drawdown. Gen. Allen heads the NATO coalition forces. (Associated Press)

U.S. Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta (center) walks with Gen. John Allen and U.S. Ambassador to Afghanistan Ryan Crocker (second from right) on the airport tarmac after his arrival in Kabul, Afghanistan, on Thursday. Mr. Panetta arrived to take stock of progress in the war and discuss plans for the troop drawdown. Gen. Allen heads the NATO coalition forces. (Associated Press)

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