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Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta (left) looks on as Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington on Thursday, Sept. 22, 2011, before the Senate Armed Services Committee on U.S. strategy in Afghanistan and Iraq. (AP Photo/Harry Hamburg)

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A man holds a poster of former Afghan President Burhanuddin Rabbani, the High Peace Council leader who was assassinated Tuesday, during a rally in Kabul, Afghanistan, on Wednesday, Sept. 21, 2011. (AP Photo/Kamran Jebreili)

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**FILE** This photo from Jan. 21, 2002, shows Burhanuddin Rabbani, former president of Afghanistan sitting in his office in Kabul, Afghanistan. (Associated Press)

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** FILE ** In this Monday, Jan. 10, 2011, file photo, former Afghan President Burhanuddin Rabbani, head of the Afghan High Peace Council, speaks during a press conference in Kabul, Afghanistan. Two Afghan government sources said Tuesday, Sept. 20, 2011, Mr. Rabbani has been killed in the capital Kabul. (AP Photo/Musadeq Sadeq, File)

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A military helicopter belonging to coalition forces flies around a building during a gunbattle with Taliban militants in Kabul, Afghanistan, on Wednesday Sept. 14,2011. The 20-hour insurgent attack in the heart of the capital ended Wednesday morning after a final volley of helicopter gunfire as Afghan police ferreted out and killed the last few assailants who had taken over a half-built downtown building to fire on the nearby U.S. Embassy and NATO compounds. (AP Photo/Musadeq Sadeq)

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Afghan security forces are seen in a high-rise building during a gunbattle with al-Qaeda- and Taliban-affiliated Haqqani militants in Kabul, Afghanistan, on Wednesday, Sept. 14, 2011. (AP Photo/Musadeq Sadeq)

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An Afghan soldier takes position near the building which is occupied by militants in Kabul, Afghanistan, on Sept. 13, 2011. Taliban insurgents fired rocket-propelled grenades and assault rifles at the U.S. Embassy, NATO headquarters and other buildings in the heart of the Afghan capital Tuesday in a brazen attack two days after the United States marked the 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11 terror attacks. (Associated Press)

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**FILE** Dust rises over Kabul, Afghanistan, on Sept. 13, 2011, as Taliban insurgents fire rocket-propelled grenades and assault rifles at the U.S. Embassy, NATO headquarters and other buildings in the heart of the Afghan capital. (Associated Press)

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An Afghan soldier takes position near the building which is occupied by militants in Kabul, Afghanistan, on Sept. 13, 2011. Taliban insurgents fired rocket-propelled grenades and assault rifles at the U.S. Embassy, NATO headquarters and other buildings in the heart of the Afghan capital in a brazen attack two days after the United States marked the 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11 terror attacks. (Associated Press)

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Lt. Col. Daniel Wilson lights a candle Sunday at Forward Operating Base Bostick in Kunar province, Afghanistan, in commemoration of the 10th anniversary of the attacks and the soldiers his Hawaii-based unit has lost since then in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. (Associated Press)

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U.S. Marine medics examines a wounded Afghan boy after he was wounded in an explosion at Forward Operating Base Edi in the Helmand Province of southern Afghanistan, Saturday, Sept. 10, 2011.(AP Photo/Rafiq Maqbool)

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Mohammad Mubarez, an Afghan cleric, prays during an event to mark the 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attack on the United States, at the U.S. embassy in Kabul, Afghanistan, Sunday, Sept. 11, 2011. (AP Photo/Musadeq Sadeq)

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"We will come to an agreement only if our conditions are accepted," Afghan President Hamid Karzai said.

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Illustration: Afghanistan cost by Greg Groesch for The Washington Times

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** FILE ** Members of U.S. Marine Scout-Sniper team look for a Taliban position in a nearby tree-line, during an exchange of fire with Taliban militants, in Helmand province, southern Afghanistan, Saturday, Aug. 27, 2011. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley)

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Afghan President Hamid Karzai is pictured after offering Eid al-Fitr prayers to mark the end of the holy fasting month of Ramadan in Kabul, Afghanistan, on Tuesday, Aug. 30, 2011. (AP Photo/Musadeq Sadeq)

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ASSOCIATED PRESS PHOTOGRAPHS Now Zad District Gov. Said Murad Sadtak (left) listens to villager Juma Khan express his concerns during a shura at U.S. Marine Patrol Base Salaam Bazaar in Helmand province, Afghanistan. As the international coalition tries to phase out involvement, legitimate Afghan governance is more of a plan than a reality.

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** FILE ** A convoy of trucks carries U.S. equipment in Kabul, Afghanistan, on Jan. 17, 2010. (Associated Press)

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Afghan police men and Afghan soldiers inspects the site of car bomb outside governor's compound in Parwan provincial capital of Charikar, some 30 miles (50 kilometers) north of Kabul, Afghanistan, Sunday, Aug. 14, 2011. A team of six suicide bombers launched a coordinated assault on a provincial governor's compound in eastern Afghanistan on Sunday, killing 19 people in the latest high-profile attack to target prominent Afghan government officials, authorities said. (AP Photo/ Ahmad Jamshid)

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An Afghan soldier inspects a damaged vehicle after an attack on the provincial governor's compound in Parwan province's capital of Charikar, some 30 miles north of Kabul, Afghanistan, on Sunday, Aug. 14, 2011. (AP Photo/Dar Yasin)