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Volunteers shake hands and welcome home soldiers returning from Iraq and Afghanistan at the international arrival gate of Baltimore-Washington International Airport, Baltimore, MD, Friday, December 16, 2011. (Andrew Harnik / The Washington Times)

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** FILE ** Members of the growing Afghan special forces stand in formation after conducting a practice raid at a training field on the outskirts of Kabul, Afghanistan, on Thursday, Dec. 15, 2011. (AP Photo/Deb Riechmann)

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Air Force Brigadier General Select Peter Masciola head home after surprising his 10 year old son Kevin, left, and 12 year old daughter Tamara, center, at their school, Saint Columbus School, by coming home for Christmas after a 6 month deployment outside Kabul, Afghanistan, Monday, December 19, 2011. (Andrew Harnik / The Washington Times)

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Air Force Brigadier General Select Peter Masciola head home after surprising his 10 year old son Kevin and 12 year old daughter Tamara at their school, Saint Columbus School, by coming home for Christmas after a 6 month deployment outside Kabul, Afghanistan, Monday, December 19, 2011. (Andrew Harnik / The Washington Times)

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Tamara L. Miller, right, and her husband, Air Force Brigadier General Select Peter Masciola, center, speak to reporters after surprising their 10 year old son Kevin and 12 year old daughter Tamara at their school, Saint Columbus School, by coming home for Christmas after a 6 month deployment outside Kabul, Afghanistan, Monday, December 19, 2011. (Andrew Harnik / The Washington Times)

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Tamara L. Miller, left, smiles as her husband, Air Force Brigadier General Select Peter Masciola, surprises his 10 year old son Kevin and 12 year old daughter Tamara at their school, Saint Columbus School, by coming home for Christmas after a 6 month deployment outside Kabul, Afghanistan, Monday, December 19, 2011. (Andrew Harnik / The Washington Times)

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**FILE** Taliban militants, who were arrested by Afghan Border Police, stand over their guns July 4, 2011, while they are presented to the media at the Afghan Border Police headquarters in Jalalabad, Nangarhar province, east of Kabul, Afghanistan. All of them were dressed as women and at least one was strapped with an explosive vest. (Associated Press)

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Secretary of Defense Leon E. Panetta presents Purple Hearts to personnel of the 172nd Infantry Brigade Task Force Blackhawks at a forward operating base in Sharana, Afghanistan, on Wednesday, Dec. 14, 2011. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, Pool)

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Defense Secretary Leon Panetta (center) walks to his vehicle after being greeted by Ryan Crocker (right), U.S. Ambassador to Afghanistan, and Gen. John Allen upon his arrival in Kabul, Afghanistan on Dec., 13, 2011. (Associated Press)

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Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta walks to his vehicle after being greeted by Ryan Crocker (right), U.S. ambassador to Afghanistan, and Gen. John Allen (left) upon arriving in Kabul, Afghanistan, on Tuesday, Dec. 13, 2011. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, Pool)

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Afghan President Hamid Karzai talks with an girl who was wounded in Tuesday's suicide bomb attack against Shiites as he visits the victims at the Emergency Hospital in Kabul, Afghanistan, on Wednesday, Dec. 7, 2011. (AP Photo/S. Sabawoon, Pool)

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Afghans shout slogans during a funeral for a victim of Tuesday's suicide attack in Kabul, Afghanistan, on Wednesday, Dec. 7, 2011. (AP Photo/Ahmad Jamshid)

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Afghan police officers stand guard at the scene of a suicide attack in Kabul, Afghanistan, Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2011. (AP Photo/Musadeq Sadeq)

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Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai shakes hands with U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon (center), while German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle (right) stands next to them at the International Afghanistan Conference in Bonn on Monday. (Associated Press)

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** FILE ** Pakistani Taliban chief Hakimullah Mehsud is pictured in Sararogha in the Pakistani tribal area of South Waziristan along the Afghanistan border in October 2009. (AP Photo/Ishtiaq Mehsud, File)

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** FILE ** U.S. soldiers board a military plane as they leave Afghanistan from the U.S. base in Bagram Air Field north of Kabul, Afghanistan, on Thursday, July 14, 2011. (AP Photo/Musadeq Sadeq)

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Protesters rally in Lahore, Pakistan, on Sunday, Nov. 27, 2011, to condemn a NATO airstrike on Pakistani troops that killed 24 along the nation's border with Afghanistan. (AP Photo/K.M. Chaudary)

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** FILE ** Afghan President Hamid Karzai speaks during the last day of the Loya Jirga, or grand council, in Kabul, Afghanistan, on Saturday, Nov. 19, 2011. (AP Photo/Musadeq Sadeq)

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Pakistani security personnel stop trucks carrying supplies for NATO forces in neighboring Afghanistan at Takhtabeg check post in Pakistani tribal area of Khyber, Pakistan, on their way to Torkham border post on Saturday, Nov 26, 2011. Pakistan on Saturday accused NATO helicopters of firing on two army checkpoints in the northwest and killing 25 soldiers, then retaliated by closing a key border crossing used by the coalition to supply its troops in neighboring Afghanistan. (AP Photo/Muhammad Sajjad)

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Marine Gen. James Amos visits Combat Outpost Geronimo in southern Afghanistan, Thursday, Nov. 24, 2011. (AP Photo/Robert Burns)