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Illustration China in Afghanistan by John Camejo for The Washington Times

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Afghans inspect the wreckage of a vehicle after a roadside explosion on the outskirts of Laghman province east of Kabul, Afghanistan, on Sunday. The bomb killed a district chief and three of his bodyguards. (Associated Press)

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In this Wednesday, Oct. 3, 2012, photo, Afghanistan’s first female rapper Sosan Firooz sings in a studio in Kabul, Afghanistan. Firooz, 23-year-old singer is making history in her homeland where society frowns on women who take the stage. (AP Photo/Ahmad Jamshid)

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In this Wednesday, Oct. 3, 2012, photo, Afghanistan’s first female rapper Sosan Firooz sings in a studio in Kabul, Afghanistan. Firooz, 23-year-old singer is making history in her homeland where society frowns on women who take the stage. (AP Photo/Ahmad Jamshid)

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On Tuesday, Oct. 2, 2012, in Kabul, Afghanistan, Afghan Gen. Majid Rouzi, a former civil war commander who now is an adviser to the Ministry of Interior, shows off his favorite civil war photograph, in which he is pictured with one of the best-known Afghan military leaders, Ahmad Shah Massoud. (AP Photo/Dusan Vranic)

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** FILE ** A U.S. Marine squad leader patrols alongside an Afghan National Army lieutenant in Helmand province in Afghanistan. (Associated Press)

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**FILE** Afghan President Hamid Karzai speaks July 17, 2012, in Kabul, Afghanistan. (Associated Press)

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Police secure the site of a suicide bombing in Khost, Afghanistan, on Monday, Oct. 1, 2012, after a bomber drove a motorcycle packed with explosives into a patrol of Afghan and international forces, killing more than a dozen people, including three NATO service members and their translator, officials said. (AP Photo/Nashanuddin Khan)

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Police secure the site of a suicide bombing in Khost, Afghanistan, on Monday, Oct. 1, 2012, after a bomber drove a motorcycle packed with explosives into a patrol of Afghan and international forces, killing more than a dozen people, including three NATO service members and their translator, officials said. (AP Photo/Nashanuddin Khan)

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** FILE ** U.S. military personnel pray during a memorial service for their fallen comrades in Kandahar, Afghanistan, in March 2003. (AP Photo/Gurinder Osan)

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** FILE ** U.S. military personnel pray during a memorial service for their fallen comrades in Kandahar, Afghanistan, in March 2003. (AP Photo/Gurinder Osan)

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** FILE ** An Afghan National Army soldier wears an ammunition belt around his neck during a joint patrol with U.S. Army soldiers from Bravo Company, 2nd Battalion of the 508 Parachute Infantry Regiment of the 82nd Airborne, in the volatile Arghandab Valley outside Kandahar, Afghanistan, in July 2010. (AP Photo/Kevin Frayer)

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** FILE ** An Afghan National Army soldier wears an ammunition belt around his neck during a joint patrol with U.S. Army soldiers from Bravo Company, 2nd Battalion of the 508 Parachute Infantry Regiment of the 82nd Airborne, in the volatile Arghandab Valley outside Kandahar, Afghanistan, in July 2010. (AP Photo/Kevin Frayer)

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Afghan President Hamid Karzai addresses the 67th session of the United Nations General Assembly at U.N. headquarters Tuesday, Sept. 25, 2012. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

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Afghan President Hamid Karzai addresses the 67th session of the United Nations General Assembly at U.N. headquarters Tuesday, Sept. 25, 2012. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

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**FILE** An armored vehicle patrols the periphery of Camp Bastion in southern Afghanistan in January 2007. (Associated Press)

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**FILE** An armored vehicle patrols the periphery of Camp Bastion in southern Afghanistan in January 2007. (Associated Press)

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**FILE** Afghan security forces raise Afghanistan's flag in place of NATO's flag on July 18, 2012, during the third phase of transfer of authority from NATO troops to Afghan security forces in Kandahar, Afghanistan. (Associated Press)

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U.S. soldiers from the 5th Stryker Brigade patrol near Spin Boldak, Afghanistan, in August 2009. That October, seven soldiers died when an improvised explosive device blew up a Stryker vehicle. (Associated Press)

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U.S. Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta laughs Sept. 21, 2012, with Auckland War Memorial Museum director Roy Clare (left) in an elevator at the museum in Auckland, New Zealand, after presenting medals to New Zealand Defense Force Service members for their service in Afghanistan. (Associated Press)