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Illustration: Afghanistan anniversary by John Camejo for The Washington Times

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An Afghan security officer (center) collects evidence from the site of an attack by militants at the gate of an American base in Panjshir, north of Kabul, Afghanistan, on Saturday, Oct. 15, 2011. Militants tried to blast their way into the base before dawn with rocket-propelled grenades and a vehicle packed with explosives. All four of the attackers were killed, and two Afghan security guards were wounded. (AP Photo/Ahmad Jamshid)

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A U.S. Predator unmanned drone armed with a missile sits on the tarmac of Kandahar military airport in Afghanistan in June 2010. Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta has praised the Predator for its precision-targeting ability, which minimizes collateral damage. (Associated Press)

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** FILE ** An Afghan National Army soldier stands in front of the gate of the newly refurbished Pul-e-Charkhy prison during an opening ceremony in Kabul, Afghanistan, in March 2007. (AP Photo/Musadeq Sadeq, File)

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Army 1st Sgt. Jason Friedly of New Bethlehem, Pa., hugs his son, Tanner, 11, as daughter, Lakyn, looks on during 82nd Airborne Combat Aviation Brigade deployment to Afghanistan from Fort Bragg, N.C., earlier this month. (Associated Press)

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** FILE ** Capt. Michael Kolton, 28, of Fairfax Station, Va., turns from the rotor wash of a Blackhawk helicopter at the Shigal district center in Kunar province, Afghanistan. (Associated Press)

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** FILE ** Two men with U.S. special operations forces walk nearby as the Northern Alliance troops fight pro-Taliban forces in the fortress near Mazar-e-Sharif in northern Afghanistan in 2001. (AP Photo/Darko Bandic, File)

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** FILE ** Sheila Culkin of Chicago shields the sun with her sign as she stands with hundreds of protesters, upset about a variety of issues, from the ongoing wars in Afghanistan and Iraq to corporate greed and jobs, in Freedom Plaza before marching to the White House and U.S. Chamber of Commerce headquarters and along K Street Northwest in Washington on Oct. 6, 2011. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

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Protester Barry Freed with Occupy DC holds a sign that reads "End the FED" and wears a Guy Fox mask as he marches with hundreds of protesters, upset about a variety of issues from the ongoing wars in Afghanistan and Iraq to corporate greed, along K Street in NW Washington, DC, October 6, 2011. (Andrew Harnik / The Washington Times)

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Code Pink protester Medea Venjamin, right, holds a handful of job resumes as she leads protesters, upset about a variety of issues from the ongoing wars in Afghanistan and Iraq to corporate greed, to bang on the front of the Chamber of Commerce building during a march from Freedom Plaza to K Street in NW Washington, DC, October 6, 2011. (Andrew Harnik / The Washington Times)

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A police line stands in front of the Chamber of Commerce building as hundreds of protesters, upset about a variety of issues from the ongoing wars in Afghanistan and Iraq to corporate greed rally outside after gathering at Freedom Plaza in NW Washington, DC, October 6, 2011. (Andrew Harnik / The Washington Times)

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Hundreds of protesters upset about a variety of issues from the ongoing wars in Afghanistan and Iraq to corporate greed march from the White House to the Chamber of Commerce after rallying on Freedom Plaza in NW Washington, DC, October 6, 2011. (Andrew Harnik / The Washington Times)

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Head Roc, a hip hop artist from Washington, DC performs for hundreds of protesters, upset about a variety of issues from the ongoing wars in Afghanistan and Iraq to corporate greed and jobs, at Freedom Plaza before protesters march to the White House, Chamber of Commerce and along K Street in NW Washington, DC, October 6, 2011. (Andrew Harnik / The Washington Times)

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Signs concerning a variety of issues from the ongoing wars in Afghanistan and Iraq to corporate greed and jobs are layed out at Freedom Plaza as hundreds of protesters gather before marching to the White House, Chamber of Commerce and along K Street in NW Washington, DC, October 6, 2011. (Andrew Harnik / The Washington Times)

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A group from Wisconsin marches to a stage where hundreds of protesters, upset about a variety of issues from the ongoing wars in Afghanistan and Iraq to corporate greed and jobs, gather at Freedom Plaza before marching to the White House, Chamber of Commerce and along K Street in NW Washington, DC, October 6, 2011. (Andrew Harnik / The Washington Times)

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Sheila Culkin of Chicago shields the sun with her sign as she stands with hundreds of protesters, upset about a variety of issues, from the ongoing wars in Afghanistan and Iraq to corporate greed and jobs, in Freedom Plaza before marching to the White House and U.S. Chamber of Commerce headquarters and along K Street Northwest in Washington on Oct. 6, 2011. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

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A protest group calling themselves the Raging Grannies sing on stage as hundreds of protesters, upset about a variety of issues from the ongoing wars in Afghanistan and Iraq to corporate greed and jobs, gather at Freedom Plaza before marching to the White House, Chamber of Commerce and along K Street in NW Washington, DC, October 6, 2011. (Andrew Harnik / The Washington Times)

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Protester Jim Goodnow, a non-combat Vietnam veteran from Terlingua, Texas, has "End warfare, not healthcare written on his cast while he joins hundreds of protesters upset about a variety of issues from the ongoing wars in Afghanistan and Iraq to corporate greed and jobs at Freedom Plaza before marching to the White House, Chamber of Commerce and along K Street in NW Washington, DC, October 6, 2011. (Andrew Harnik / The Washington Times)

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Code Pink protesters Medea Venjamin, left, tapes up a foreclosure sign on a painted cardboard house while hundreds of protesters, upset about a variety of issues from the ongoing wars in Afghanistan and Iraq to corporate greed and jobs, gather at Freedom Plaza before marching to the White House, Chamber of Commerce and along K Street in NW Washington, DC, October 6, 2011. (Andrew Harnik / The Washington Times)

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Protesters Emily Keel, left, of Robersonville, North Carolina and Kit Kittridge, right, of Quilcene, Washington with Code Pink set up a "Peace Ribbon" in Freedom Plaza which honors those who have lost their lives in Afghanistan and Iraq, Washington, DC, October 6, 2011. Hundreds of protesters upset about a variety of issues from the ongoing wars in Afghanistan and Iraq to corporate greed and jobs at Freedom Plaza before marching to the White House, Chamber of Commerce and along K Street in Northwest. (Andrew Harnik / The Washington Times)