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Afghan police officers inspect the site of a blast in the central province of Ghazni, Afghanistan, Saturday, June 18, 2011. Two roadside bomb attacks on Saturday killed four private security guards escorting supply convoys for a NATO base in eastern Afghanistan, a police chief said. (AP Photo/Rahmatullah Nikzad)

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PRATIK SHAH/THE WASHINGTON TIMES Eleven prominent Afghan women, including (from left) Hasina Safi, Farkhunda Naderi and Samira Hamidi, called on the United States to push for the inclusion of more female leaders in peace talks to end the war in Afghanistan. "We want to take charge of our country ourselves," Ms. Hamidi said.

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**FILE** Osama bin Laden is pictured here in Afghanistan in April, 1998. (Associated Press)

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Afghan Deputy Foreign Minister Jawid Luddin speaks during a press conference with Afghan presidential spokesman Waheed Omar and Masoom Stanekzai, secretary of a peace council set up by Afghan President Hamid Karzai, in Kabul, Afghanistan, on June 12, 2011. (Associated Press)

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**FILE** A U.S. Predator drone flies over southern Afghanistan. (Associated Press)

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Ryan C. Crocker (left) and Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman John Kerry greet each other Wednesday before a two-hour hearing on Mr. Crocker's nomination to be the next U.S. ambassador to Afghanistan. (Associated Press)

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Ryan Crocker, President Obama's nominee for ambassador to Afghanistan, testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington on Wednesday, June 8, 2011, before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

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U.S. Marines evacuate a wounded comrade onto a medevac helicopter from the U.S. Army's Task Force Lift "Dust Off," Charlie Company 1-214 Aviation Regiment, after he was wounded in an IED strike near Sangin, in the Helmand Province of southern Afghanistan, on Saturday, June 4, 2011. (AP Photo/Anja Niedringhaus)

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In this photo provided by the International Security Assistance Force Regional Command (South), U.S. Secretary of Defense Robert M. Gates meets with service members at Forward Operating Base Walton on Sunday, June 5, 2011, in Kandahar, Afghanistan. (Photo/US. Navy, Lt. j.g. Haraz N. Ghanbari)

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U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates, left, speaks during a joint news conference with Afghan President Hamid Karzai, right, at the presidential palace in Kabul, Afghanistan, Saturday, June 4, 2011. (AP Photo/Musadeq Sadeq)

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** FILE ** Abdullah Abdullah, a former foreign minister and Afghanistan presidential candidate, has said the Taliban now 'deny themselves the reason for their existence.' (Associated Press)

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Ghulam Farooq Wardak, Afghanistan's education minister and a member of a peace council in charge of reconciliation efforts with the Taliban, sees a post-bin Laden opportunity for accord. (Official Presidential Palace Photo)

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ASSOCIATED PRESS Angered by civilian casualties in a NATO airstrike, Afghan President Hamid Karzai's ban on the attacks could bring his government into direct conflict with its international allies.

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Afghan President Hamid Karzai gestures during a press conference at the Presidential Palace in Kabul, Afghanistan, on Tuesday, May 31, 2011. Angered by civilian casualties, Mr. Karzai said he no longer will allow NATO airstrikes on houses. (AP Photo/Musadeq Sadeq)

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Soldiers with the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) run to rescue a colleague stuck under debris after a suicide attack in Herat, Afghanistan, on Monday, May 30, 2011. The attacker blew up an explosives-packed car at the gates of an Italian military base, killing several people, officials said. (AP Photo)

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U.S. soldiers holds candles to mark Memorial Day at the headquarters of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in Kabul, Afghanistan, on Sunday, May 29, 2011. (AP Photo/Musadeq Sadeq)

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A U.S. soldier speaks during a ceremony to mark Memorial Day at the headquarters of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in Kabul, Afghanistan, on Sunday, May 29, 2011. (AP Photo/Musadeq Sadeq)

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Afghan security forces stand at the site where a suicide bomber blew himself up inside the provincial governor's compound in Taloqan, Takhar province, north of Kabul, Afghanistan, on Saturday, May 28, 2011. The German military said its top commander in Afghanistan was wounded in the blast. (AP Photo/Fulad Hamdard )

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An Afghan youth looks at the wreckage of a motorcycle used by a suicide attacker in Qarghayi, Laghman province east of Kabul, Afghanistan on Monday, May 9, 2011. (AP Photo/Rahmat Gul)