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** FILE ** A U.S. Marine, perched on a container, tries to take shelter from the dust as a Chinook helicopter arrives to pick up supplies at Forward Operating Base Edi in Helmand province in southern Afghanistan on Thursday, June 9, 2011. (AP Photo/Anja Niedringhaus)

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Afghan police officers carry the body of a hotel guard in a black cloth after a suicide attack in Kunduz, north of Kabul, Afghanistan, on Aug. 2, 2011. (Associated Press)

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Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, says Sunday during a news conference in Kabul, Afghanistan, that the top U.S. commander in the war-weary country has been ordered to submit a plan by mid-October for the initial withdrawal of American troops. (Associated Press)

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** FILE ** Taliban fighters hold their weapons on July 31, 2011, in Jalalabad, east of Kabul Afghanistan. (Associated Press)

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A fire breaks out July 31, 2011, after a suicide bomber blew himself up at the gate of the police headquarters in Lashkar Gah, in the Helmand province of southern Afghanistan. (Associated Press)

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An Afghan border police man stands guard on a wall near the mayor's office in Kandahar south of Kabul, Afghanistan, Wednesday, July 27, 2011. The mayor of Kandahar was assassinated on Wednesday by a suicide bomber who hid explosives in his turban, Afghan officials said. (AP Photo/ Allauddin Khan)

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** FILE ** Ryan Crocker, the new U.S. ambassador to Afghanistan, speaks during his swearing-in ceremony in Kabul, Afghanistan, on Monday, July 25, 2011. (Associated Press)

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Ashraf Ghani, head of the Transition Commission raises Afghanistan's flag during the transfer of authority in Mehterlam, Laghman province, east of Kabul, Afghanistan on Tuesday, July 19, 2011. NATO handed over responsibility for the security of the capital of an eastern province to Afghan forces Tuesday, the latest step in a transition process that will lead to the withdrawal of all foreign combat troops by the end of 2014. (AP Photo/Musadeq Sadeq)

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A young Afghan girl peers out from her compound as U.S. Marines with the 3rd Battalion, 2nd Marines, based at Camp Lejeune, N.C., look for insurgents in the village of Mushazi, in Afghanistan's Helmand province, on Tuesday, July 19, 2011. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

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Gen. David H. Petraeus leaves command of U.S. and NATO-led forces in Afghanistan to Gen. John Allen during Monday's change-of-command ceremony in Kabul. Gen. Allen assumes responsibility for drawing up exit plans for U.S. and allied forces from the nearly 10-year war zone. (Associated Press)

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U.S. Army Gen. David H. Petraeus, the outgoing commander of International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) in Afghanistan, salutes during a change-of-command ceremony in Kabul, Afghanistan, on July 18, 2011. (Associated Press)

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** FILE ** An Afghan man, injured in a suicide attack gestures from an ambulance in Kabul, Afghanistan, Saturday, June 18, 2011. Men dressed in Afghan army uniforms stormed the police station near the presidential palace and opened fire said Mohammed Honayon, an eyewitness. (AP Photo/Gemunu Amarasinghe)

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Afghan police men stand guard outside the mosque after a suicide attack in Kandahar, Afghanistan, on July 14, 2011. The bomber blew himself up inside the mosque during a memorial service for the assassinated half brother of Afghan President Hamid Karzai, killing four people, the government said. (Associated Press)

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ASSOCIATED PRESS PHOTOGRAPHS The lifeless body of Sardar Mohammad, who assassinated Ahmed Wali Karzai, the half-brother of Afghanistan's president, hangs briefly from a building Tuesday in Charso Chowk, Kandahar province.

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Afghan President Hamid Karzai (center) attends the burial Wednesday of half brother Ahmed Wali Karzai in his family's ancestral village of Karz in Kandahar province. The president's half brother was assassinated at his home Tuesday.

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**FILE** President Obama acknowledges family members and friends of U.S. Army Sgt. First Class Leroy Arthur Petry of Santa Fe, N.M., during a ceremony at the White House during which Petry was awarded the Medal of Honor for his valor in Afghanistan. (Associated Press)

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** FILE ** In this Wednesday, April 14, 2010, file photo Ahmad Wali Karzai, half-brother of Afghanistan's President Hamid Karzai gestures during an interview with the Associated Press in Kandahar, Afghanistan. An Afghan official says Ahmad Wali Karzai was killed in southern Afghanistan. (AP Photo/Rahmat Gul, File)

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EYEWITNESS: Rep. Duncan Hunter, a California Republican who has just returned from a fact-finding trip to Afghanistan, said, "We have to let Pakistan know we have to go after targets that are so embarrassing to them ... [that] when Pakistan cries 'foul,' everybody just kind of laughs at it and shrugs it off and says, 'Good job, America.' " (Associated Press)

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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)