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U.S. Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta (center) shakes hands with his Afghan counterpart, Abdul Rahim Wardak, on Thursday, March 15, 2012, in Kabul, Afghanistan. (AP Photo/Mohammad Ismail, Pool)
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U.S. Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta (center) shakes hands with his Afghan counterpart, Abdul Rahim Wardak, on Thursday, March 15, 2012, in Kabul, Afghanistan. (AP Photo/Mohammad Ismail, Pool)

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