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Injured Afghan men arrive by car at a hospital after a suicide attack on a funeral in the Durbaba district of Jalalabad, east of Kabul, Afghanistan, on Tuesday, Sept. 4, 2012. (AP Photo/Rahmat Gul)

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** FILE ** Members of the Afghan Local Police (ALP) listen to a speech during a ceremony presenting new uniforms for the ALP at Gizab village of Uruzgan province, southwest of Kabul, Afghanistan, on Sunday, April 24, 2011. (AP Photo/Kamran Jebreili)

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** FILE ** Members of the Afghan Local Police (ALP) listen to a speech during a ceremony presenting new uniforms for the ALP at Gizab village of Uruzgan province, southwest of Kabul, Afghanistan, on Sunday, April 24, 2011. (AP Photo/Kamran Jebreili)

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** FILE ** Members of the Afghan Local Police (ALP) listen to a speech during a ceremony presenting new uniforms for the ALP at Gizab village of Uruzgan province, southwest of Kabul, Afghanistan, on Sunday, April 24, 2011. (AP Photo/Kamran Jebreili)

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

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Associated Press John Walker Lindh, serving a 20-year sentence in a Terre Haute prison for aiding the Taliban in Afghanistan, adheres to a school of Islam that requires group prayer five times a day.

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John Walker Lindh, serving a 20-year sentence in a Terre Haute prison for aiding the Taliban in Afghanistan, adheres to a school of Islam that requires group prayer five times a day. (Associated Press)

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The French flag is lowered during a ceremony to transfer authority from French soldiers, who are part of NATO's forces, to Afghan security forces in Surobi, Afghanistan, east of Kabul, on Tuesday, July 31, 2012. (AP Photo/Musadeq Sadeq)

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The French flag is lowered during a ceremony to transfer authority from French soldiers, who are part of NATO's forces, to Afghan security forces in Surobi, Afghanistan, east of Kabul, on Tuesday, July 31, 2012. (AP Photo/Musadeq Sadeq)

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** FILE ** In this Jan. 31, 2010, file photo, an unmanned U.S. Predator drone flies over Kandahar Air Field, southern Afghanistan, on a moon-lit night. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth, File)

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** FILE ** An unmanned U.S. Predator drone flies over Kandahar Air Field in southern Afghanistan on a moonlit night in January 2010. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)

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associated press Nicholas Weichel stands next to the casket of his father, Rhode Island National Guard Sgt. Dennis Weichel Jr., who was killed in Afghanistan. The conflict is no longer a hot topic with most Americans, even with 88,000 U.S. troops still fighting there and 2,000 having died there.

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Nicholas Weichel stands next to the casket of his father, Rhode Island National Guard Sgt. Dennis Weichel Jr., who was killed in Afghanistan. The conflict is no longer a hot topic with most Americans, even with 88,000 U.S. troops still fighting there and 2,000 having died there. (Associated Press)

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U.S. Army Gen. Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, talks to American service members with the International Security Assistance Forces in Kabul, Afghanistan, on Monday, Aug. 20, 2012. (AP Photo/D. Myles Cullen, Department of Defense)

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U.S. Army Gen. Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, talks to American service members with the International Security Assistance Forces in Kabul, Afghanistan, on Monday, Aug. 20, 2012. (AP Photo/D. Myles Cullen, Department of Defense)

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U.S. Marines patrol outside Marjah, in Afghanistan's Helmand province, in February 2010. (AP Photo/David Guttenfelder)

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**FILE** U.S. Marines patrol outside Marjah, in Afghanistan's Helmand province, in February 2010. (Associated Press)