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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. soldiers from the 5th Stryker Brigade take positions near their armored vehicles during a patrol on the outskirts of Spin Boldak, Afghanistan, in August 2009. Months later, they got the anti-IED gear they requested. (Associated Press)

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Afghans look at a pool of blood at the scene of an explosion Aug. 19, 2012, at a cemetery in Lashkar Gah, Afghanistan. A bomb hidden in the cemetery exploded as a police official and his family were visiting the grave of a relative, killing the official and his brother, police said. (Associated Press)

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Afghans look at a pool of blood at the scene of an explosion Aug. 19, 2012, at a cemetery in Lashkar Gah, Afghanistan. A bomb hidden in the cemetery exploded as a police official and his family were visiting the grave of a relative, killing the official and his brother, police said. (Associated Press)

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An Afghan man collects victims' belongings at the scene of an explosion at a cemetery in Lashkar Gah, southwest of Kabul, Afghanistan, on Sunday, Aug. 19, 2012. (AP Photo/Abdul Khaleq)

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An Afghan man collects victims' belongings at the scene of an explosion at a cemetery in Lashkar Gah, southwest of Kabul, Afghanistan, on Sunday, Aug. 19, 2012. (AP Photo/Abdul Khaleq)

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** FILE ** U.S. Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta (left) meets with Afghan President Hamid Karzai in Kabul, Afghanistan, on Thursday, March 15, 2012. (AP Photo/Mohammad Ismail, Pool)

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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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**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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** FILE ** A U.S. Army Black Hawk helicopter prepares to depart from a forward operating base in the Zhari district of southern Afghanistan on Sept. 11, 2010. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley)

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**FILE** Afghan National Army Lt. Col. Abdul Wakil Warzajy (left), battalion commander, gives orders to soldiers of the First Battalion before they set out on a search and capture mission towards the village of Noor Khiel village, Logar province, eastern Afghanistan. (Associated Press)

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**FILE** Afghan National Army Lt. Col. Abdul Wakil Warzajy (left), battalion commander, gives orders to soldiers of the First Battalion before they set out on a search and capture mission towards the village of Noor Khiel village, Logar province, eastern Afghanistan. (Associated Press)

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** FILE ** A U.S. Army Black Hawk helicopter prepares to depart from a forward operating base in the Zhari district of southern Afghanistan on Sept. 11, 2010. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley)

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Afghan Police officers inspect the scene after a bomb explosion in the city of Jalalabad east of Kabul, Afghanistan, Monday, Aug. 13, 2012. At least five civilians were injured as a bomb targeting a government employees' bus went off Monday morning, a police source said. (AP Photo/Rahmat Gul)

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Afghan Police officers inspect the scene after a bomb explosion in the city of Jalalabad east of Kabul, Afghanistan, Monday, Aug. 13, 2012. At least five civilians were injured as a bomb targeting a government employees' bus went off Monday morning, a police source said. (AP Photo/Rahmat Gul)

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In this photo taken Tuesday, Aug. 14, 2012, dried fruits are seen on the ground at the scene of a suicide attack in Zaranj, Nimroz province south west of Kabul, Afghanistan. Suicide bombers launched multiple attacks in a remote corner of southwestern Afghanistan near the Iranian border Tuesday, killing dozens of people including shoppers buying sweets for a Muslim holiday and leaving charred and smoldering bits of cookies and dried fruit among the bodies on the ground. (AP Photo/Mohammad Jan)

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Afghan police inspect the scene after a bombing in Jalalabad, Afghanistan, on Monday, Aug. 13, 2012. At least five civilians were injured as a bomb targeting the government-employee bus went off, a police source said. (AP Photo/Rahmat Gul)

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Afghan police inspect the scene after a bombing in Jalalabad, Afghanistan, on Monday, Aug. 13, 2012. At least five civilians were injured as a bomb targeting the government-employee vehice went off, a police source said. (AP Photo/Rahmat Gul)

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Afghan police officers inspect the scene Aug. 13, 2012, after a bomb explosion in the city of Jalalabad east of Kabul, Afghanistan. (Associated Press)