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** FILE ** Lt. Gen. Curtis Scaparrotti (left) receives a flag from Gen. David H. Petraeus (second from left) as Lt. Gen. David M. Rodriguez (right) looks on during a change of command ceremony in Kabul, Afghanistan, on Monday, July 11, 2011. (AP Photo/Rafiq Maqbool)

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Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta greets members of the helicopter medivac crew attached to the 115th Combat Support Hospital while making an unannounced visit to Camp Dwyer in southern Afghanistan on Sunday, July 10, 2011. (AP Photo/Paul J. Richards, Pool)

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Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta conducts a press briefing aboard his military aircraft on Saturday, July 9, 2011, en route to Kabul, Afghanistan. (AP Photo/Paul J. Richards, Pool)

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Afghans stand at the scene where a guard opened fire at a NATO-escorted reconstruction convoy in Dara, Panjshir province, north of Kabul, Afghanistan, on Saturday, July 9, 2011. The shooter killed a NATO service member and a civilian working for the coalition before being killed by return fire, the provincial police chief said. (AP Photo)

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Canadian soldiers pay tribute to their fallen comrades during a transfer-of-command ceremony at Kandahar Airfield in Afghanistan on Thursday, July 7, 2011. (AP Photo/Rafiq Maqbool)

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A Russian-built Ilyushin-76 cargo plane of Silk Way Airlines, similar to the aircraft shown here, crashed into a mountaintop in eastern Afghanistan on Wednesday, July 6, 2011, officials said. The nine crew members on board are feared dead. (AP Photo/www.silkway-airlines.com)

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Gen. David H. Petraeus prepares to administer the oath of re-enlistment to 235 U.S. service members during a ceremony in Kandahar, Afghanistan, on Monday. (Associated Press)

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Sen. Carl Levin (left), Senate Armed Services Committee chairman, welcomes Navy Vice Adm. William H. McRaven (center), the nominee to become commander of the U.S. Special Operations Command, and Marine Lt. Gen. John Allen, nominee to become commander of U.S. forces in Afghanistan, at the start of confirmation hearings on Capitol Hill in Washington on Tuesday, June 28, 2011. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

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Smoke rises from the Inter-Continental hotel in Kabul, Afghanistan, on Wednesday, June 29, 2011, after it was attacked by militants. (AP Photo/Musadeq Sadeq)

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Brig. Gen. Dean Milner (center), commander of Canadian forces in Afghanistan, and Afghan army Brig. Gen. Ahmad Habibi (right) give the lay of the land to U.S. Army Col. Todd Wood (left) at an observation post on Forward Operating Base Sperwan Ghar in the Panjwaii district of Afghanistan's Kandahar province on Tuesday, June 28, 2011. The Canadians will end combat operations in July as troops withdraw from the southern region and transition to a noncombat training role. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

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**FILE** In this photo taken Dec. 7, 2010, former Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates pins Combat Infantry badges on soldiers at Forward Operating Base Connolly in Kunar Province, Afghanistan. (Associated Press)

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Marc Grossman, U.S. special representative to Afghanistan and Pakistan, speaks during a press conference at a meeting of the International Contact Group in Kabul, Afghanistan, on Monday, June 27, 2011. Mr. Grossman said Pakistan must prove it wants an end to the war by preventing militants from hiding out on its soil and enabling those who launch attacks on the Afghan side of the border. (AP Photo/Musadeq Sadeq)

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ASSOCIATED PRESS "Three Cups of Tea" co-author Greg Mortenson (left) shows the locations of future village schools to Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, at the opening of Pushghar Village Girls School, 60 miles north of Kabul in the Panjshir Valley, Afghanistan, in July, 2009.

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An injured Afghan man, a victim of a blast lies in a hospital bed in Kunduz city in the northern province of Kunduz, Afghanistan, Saturday, June 25, 2011. A bicycle rigged with explosives ripped through a bazaar in the Khanabad district of Kunduz province on Friday, killing at least 10 people, including a police officer. At least 24 people were wounded in the attack, according to an Interior Ministry statement. (AP Photo/Balal)

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Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton talks on June 23, 2011,with Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman John Kerry (left), Massachusetts Democrat, and the committee's ranking Republican, Sen. Richard Lugar of Indiana, on Capitol Hill prior to testifying before the committee on American policies in Afghanistan and Pakistan. (Associated Press)

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Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton testifies June 23, 2011, on Capitol Hill before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee about American policies in Afghanistan and Pakistan. (Associated Press)

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Spc. Gavin Fruge, 22, of Crowley, La., left, watches a rebroadcast of President Barack Obama's speech on proposed troop withdrawal with fellow soldiers at Kandahar Airfield Thursday, June 23, 2011, in Kandahar, Afghanistan. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

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Returning to the U.S. for a two-week leave from combat duty in Afghanistan, Army Staff Sgt. Gilberto Serrano, of San Antonio, Texas, smiles as he is greeted by volunteers from “Welcome Home A Hero” program at Dallas-Fort Worth International airport in Grapevine, Texas, Wednesday, June 22, 2011. President Barack Obama is likely to bring home 10,000 forces from Afghanistan this year and up to 20,000 more by the end of 2012. (AP Photo/LM Otero)

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ASSOCIATED PRESS President Obama is in the process of finalizing the number of troops to be withdrawn from Afghanistan, according to a spokesman.