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U.S. soldiers and service members take their lunch to mark Thanksgiving Day at the U.S. base Camp Eggers in Kabul, Afghanistan, Thursday, Nov. 24, 2011. (AP Photo/Musadeq Sadeq)

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U.S. soldiers and service members take lunch to mark the Thanksgiving Day at the U.S. base Camp Eggers in Kabul, Afghanistan, Thursday, Nov. 24, 2011. (AP Photo/Musadeq Sadeq)

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U.S. soldiers, left, distribute meals to comrades to mark Thanksgiving Day at the U.S. base Camp Eggers in Kabul, Afghanistan, Thursday, Nov. 24, 2011. (AP Photo/Musadeq Sadeq)

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An Afghan delegate, Mahmood Khan Sulaiman Khial, left, gestures as he speaks with a colleague Gul Badshah Majidi on the third day of loya jirga or grand council in Kabul, Afghanistan, Friday, Nov. 18, 2011. Afghan President Hamid Karzai spoke Wednesday on the opening day of the meeting where the elders are discussing negotiations under way for a U.S.-Afghan agreement to govern the presence of U.S. troops after 2014, when most international forces are to have left or moved into support roles. (AP Photo/Musadeq Sadeq)

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An Afghan girl who was wounded in a suicide bombing lies in a hospital bed in Baghlan, Afghanistan, on Sunday, Nov. 6, 2011. (AP Photo/Jawed Basharat)

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A U.S. soldier checks the damage at offices of the U.N.'s refugee agency, the UNHCR, caused by a suicide bomber in Kandahar, Afghanistan, on Oct. 31, 2011. The attack killed four people and severely damaged the U.N. agency's building, Afghan officials said. (Associated Press)

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U.S. soldiers (left) guard the site of a suicide car bombing of a NATO convoy on the outskirts of Kabul, Afghanistan, on Saturday, Oct. 29, 2011. (AP Photo/Ahmad Jamshid)

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INSPIRATION: Commandos from that post-9/11 mission in Afghanistan chat with sculptor Douwe Blumberg in Norman, Okla., Monday, sharing stories pertinent to the monument to Special Operations Forces near ground zero. (Alex Quade/Special to The Washington Times)

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"We want to fight, talk and build all at the same time,"Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton told the House Foreign Affairs Committee on Wednesday about terrorists in Pakistan and Afghanistan. (T.J. KIRKPATRICK / THE WASHINGTON TIMES)

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** FILE ** An Afghan policeman body-checks a man in Khost, Afghanistan, on Sunday, Oct. 2, 2011, after security measures were tightened following the capture of Haji Mali Khan, a senior Haqqani leader inside Afghanistan. (AP Photo/Nishanuddin Khan)

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Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton is greeted by Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai in Kabul on Thursday. She stressed the U.S. commitment to the Afghan peace process. (Associated Press)

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U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton meets with Afghan President Hamid Karzai at the Presidential Palace in Kabul, Afghanistan, on Thursday, Oct. 20, 2011. (AP Photo/Kevin Lamarque, Pool)

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U.S. Marine Gen. John R. Allen, the top NATO commander in Afghanistan, gives an interview to the Associated Press in Kabul, Afghanistan, on Wednesday, Oct. 19, 2011. (AP Photo/Muhammed Muheisen)

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Former Marine Capt. Timothy Kudo, sitting outside his Brooklyn apartment, wears a bracelet honoring Staff Sgt. Javier Ortiz-Rivera, who was killed by a bomb in Afghanistan. Marines have been given permission to wear the bracelets while in uniform. (Associated Press)

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Afghan national army soldiers sit atop an armored vehicle at the Defense Ministry in Kabul, Afghanistan, on Oct. 18, 2011. (Associated Press)

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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)