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Afghan soldiers stand near a damaged military check post after a suicide attack in Kunduz, north of Kabul, Afghanistan on Saturday, Dec. 11, 2010. (AP Photo/Fulad Hamdard)

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** FILE ** In this Oct. 18, 2010, file photo Richard Holbrooke, U.S. special envoy for Afghanistan and Pakistan, answers journalists' questions at a press conference at Foreign Ministry in Rome, Italy. (AP Photo/Pier Paolo Cito, File)

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An Afghan youth lies on a hospital bed after being injured in a suicide attack in Gardez, east of Kabul, Afghanistan, on Sunday, Dec. 5, 2010. A Taliban suicide bomb ripped through shop stalls inside the Gardez army base, killing two NATO service members and at least two civilians, officials said. (AP Photo)

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President Barack Obama waves as he is introduced to the troops at a rally during an unannounced visit at Bagram Air Field in Afghanistan on Friday, Dec. 3, 2010. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

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President Barack Obama is greeted by NATO Commander in Afghanistan Gen. David Petraeus, left, and U.S. Ambassador to Afghanistan Karl W. Eikenberry, center, after stepping off Air Force One during an unannounced visit to Bagram Air Base in Afghanistan on Friday, Dec. 3, 2010. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

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Afghan acting Health Minister Suraya Dalil speaks during a ceremony marking the World AIDS Day in Kabul, Afghanistan on Wednesday, Dec. 1, 2010. The Afghan Ministry of Health has recorded 636 HIV positive cases and estimates around 2000 - 3000 HIV and AIDS cases in the country, Dalil said. (AP Photo/Musadeq Sadeq)

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Election commission Chairman Fazel Ahmad Manawi speaks in Kabul, Afghanistan, on Wednesday, Dec. 1, 2010, during the announcement of the country's final election results. (AP Photo/Musadeq Sadeq)

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U.S. Army and Afghan army soldiers attached to the 1st Battalion, 502nd Infantry Regiment, 101st Airborne Division, congratulate each other during a training program graduation in Panjwai district in Afghanistan's Kandahar province on Monday, Nov. 29, 2010. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko)

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** FILE ** U.S. soldiers walk past the scattered parts of a vehicle used in an explosion on the outskirts of Kabul, Afghanistan, Friday, Nov. 12, 2010. (AP Photo/Altaf Qadri)

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Illustration: Afghanistan by Alexander Hunter for The Washington Times

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Afghan President Hamid Karzai, during a speech about women's rights, in Kabul, Afghanistan on Wednesday, Nov. 24, 2010. Mr. Karzai said he was happy the results from the Sept. 18 elections were being announced, and called on losing candidates not to take their complaints to the streets but instead to those empowered to deal with them. (AP Photo/Musadeq Sadeq)

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Afghan President Hamid Karzai, during a press conference in Kabul on Tuesday, Nov. 23, 2010, denied he ever met with a senior Taliban leader named Akhtar Mohammad Mansour. (AP Photo/Musadeq Sadeq)

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U.S. soldiers from First Battalion, 502nd Infantry Regiment, 101st Airborne Division set their positions Sunday in West Now Ruzi village, in Panjwai district, Afghanistan. (Associated Press)

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President Barack Obama presents the Medal of Honor to Staff Sgt. Salvatore Giunta, who rescued two members of his squad in October 2007 while fighting in the war in Afghanistan, Tuesday, Nov. 16, 2010, at the White House in Washington. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

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ASSOCIATED PRESS PHOTOGRAPHS Afghan President Hamid Karzai leads the way out of an auditorium after delivering a speech Nov. 6. His recent public remarks are puzzling his nation's allies.

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We have different perspectives - that's natural. It is much better if we work those different perspectives out in private. - Mark Sedwill, NATO's senior civilian representative in Afghanistan

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President Barack Obama presents the Medal of Honor to Staff Sgt. Salvatore Giunta, who rescued two members of his squad in October 2007 while fighting in the war in Afghanistan, Tuesday, Nov. 16, 2010, at the White House in Washington. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

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President Barack Obama applauds after presenting the Medal of Honor to Staff Sgt. Salvatore Giunta, who rescued two members of his squad in October 2007 while fighting in the war in Afghanistan, Tuesday, Nov. 16, 2010, at the White House in Washington. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

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President Obama awarded the Medal of Honor on Tuesday, Nov. 16, 2010, to Army Staff Sgt. Salvatore Giunta, who placed himself in the line of fire in Afghanistan to save two comrades. (AP Photo/Richard Bumgardner, Defense Department)

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Afghan women beg outside a mosques during Eid Al-Adha religious holiday in Herat, west of Kabul, Afghanistan, Nov. 16, 2010. (AP Photo/ Reza Shirmohammadi)