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U.S. Marine Gen. John Allen (left), the top commander in Afghanistan, speaks with German Defense Minister Thomas de Maiziere during a round-table meeting of NATO defense ministers at the alliance's headquarters in Brussels on Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2012. (AP Photo/Virginia Mayo)
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U.S. Marine Gen. John Allen (left), the top commander in Afghanistan, speaks with German Defense Minister Thomas de Maiziere during a round-table meeting of NATO defense ministers at the alliance's headquarters in Brussels on Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2012. (AP Photo/Virginia Mayo)

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