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Newly trained female officers of the Afghan National Army show their certificates during their graduation ceremony at National Army's training center in Kabul, Afghanistan, on September 23, 2010. UPI/Hossein Fatemi

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Newly graduated female army officers of Afghan National Army, Zara, center sits with her father, right and fellow officer Safiys after their graduation ceremony at National Army's training center in Kabul, Afghanistan, Thursday Sept. 23, 2010. (AP Photo/ Gemunu Amarasinghe)

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A newly trained officer of the Afghan National Army attends her graduation ceremony at the National Army's training center in Kabul, Afghanistan, on September 23, 2010. UPI/Hossein Fatemi

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An Afghan army soldier and U.S. soldiers from the 2nd Battalion, 502 Infantry, 101st Airborne Division, prepare to exit an armored vehicle during a mission to Strongpoint Terminator, a jointly operated U.S.-Afghan base in Zhari district, Kandahar province, southern Afghanistan, last month. (Associated Press)

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TAKING AIM: Marine Sgt. Terry L. Hall teaches the correct shooting position to Afghan National Army troops at Forward Operating Base Blessing in Kunar province, Afghanistan, in December. (Associated Press)

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** FILE ** U.S. and Afghan Army soldiers man a guard tower at the jointly operated Strongpoint Lakokhel in the Zhari district of Kandahar province in southern Afghanistan on Thursday, Aug. 26, 2010. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley)

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A U.S. Army soldier of the 101st Airborne Division walks along a road during a day of joint missions with the Afghan army in the Zhari district of Kandahar province in southern Afghanistan on Thursday, Aug. 26, 2010. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley)

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An Afghan Army soldier watches for threats as two simultaneous firefights take place outside the wire at the Afghan and U.S. Forward Operating Base Howz-e-Madad, operated by the U.S. 2nd Battalion, 502nd Infantry Regiment of the 101st Airborne Division, in Zhari district, Kandahar province, southern Afghanistan, Friday, Aug. 20, 2010. The 101st Airborne's 2-502 and their Afghan Army partners operate in a district which, as the birthplace of the Taliban movement, continues to hold many well-armed fighters, and a support network which provides the fighters with improvised explosives and safe havens. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley)

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An Afghan Army soldier in a guard tower watches as an improvised explosive device blows up during a battle outside the wire at the Afghan and U.S. Forward Operating Base Howz-e-Madad, operated by the U.S. 2nd Battalion, 502nd Infantry Regiment of the 101st Airborne Division, in Zhari district, Kandahar province, southern Afghanistan, Friday, Aug. 20, 2010. The 101st Airborne's 2-502 and their Afghan Army partners operate in a district which, as the birthplace of the Taliban movement, continues to hold many well-armed fighters, and a support network which provides the fighters with improvised explosives and safe havens. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley)

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Afghan Army soldiers pictured during a lull in a battle outside the wire at the Afghan and U.S. Forward Operating Base Howz-e-Madad, operated by the U.S. 2nd Battalion, 502nd Infantry Regiment of the 101st Airborne Division, in Zhari district, Kandahar province, southern Afghanistan, Friday, Aug. 20, 2010. The 101st Airborne's 2-502 and their Afghan Army partners operate in a district which, as the birthplace of the Taliban movement, continues to hold many well-armed fighters, and a support network which provides the fighters with improvised explosives and safe havens. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley)

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Associated Press photographs From left, Afghan National Army soldiers Mirza Mirzali, a Pashtun; Mullah Assan, an ethnic Turkmeni; and Aijad, an ethnic Tajik, are representative of the various ethnicities in the army. Despite ethnic quotas, the Afghan army is still dominated by northern minorities who were oppressd by the Taliban. The Taliban is made up of mostly Pashtuns.

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A U.S. soldier helps an Afghan army soldier, one of two wounded in a rocket-propelled grenade attack, to an evacuation helicopter in the Arghandab district of Kandahar province, southern Afghanistan, on Monday Aug. 2, 2010. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley)

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An Afghan army soldier ducks after firing a 60 mm mortar at insurgent positions in a village near Combat Outpost Nolen, in the volatile Arghandab Valley, in Kandahar, Afghanistan, Thursday, July 22, 2010. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)

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Afghan army soldiers prepare to fire a 60 mm mortar on insurgent positions in a village near Combat Outpost Nolen, in the volatile Arghandab Valley, in Kandahar, Afghanistan, Thursday, July 22, 2010. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)

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Afghan army soldiers share grapes beside a small canal after arriving to reinforce U.S. troops at Combat Outpost Nolen, in the volatile Arghandab Valley, in Kandahar, Afghanistan, Thursday, July 22, 2010. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)

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Afghan army soldiers leave grapes and a weapon aside as they cool off from the fierce heat with a swim in a canal near the joint Afghan-U.S. base COP Nolen, in the volatile Arghandab Valley, Kandahar, Afghanistan, Thursday, July 22, 2010. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)

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An Afghan army soldier poses after swimming in a canal near the joint Afghan-U.S. base COP Nolen, in the volatile Arghandab Valley, Kandahar, Afghanistan, Thursday, July 22, 2010. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)