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U.S. military personnel participate in the Patriot's Day 9.11 Kilometer Run, honoring those who lost their lives in the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, at Bagram Air Field, Bagram, north of Kabul, Afghanistan, on Saturday, Sept. 11, 2010. (AP Photo/Mustafa Quraishi)

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Illustration: Afghanistan by Greg Groesch for The Washington Times

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An Afghan man lifts up his arms as a Canadian soldier with the 1st RCR Battle Group, the Royal Canadian Regiment, approaches him during a patrol outside Salavat, in the Panjwaii district, southwest of Kandahar, Afghanistan, Thursday, Sept. 9, 2010. (AP Photo/Anja Niedringhaus)

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An Afghan army soldier and U.S. soldiers from the 2nd Battalion, 502 Infantry, 101st Airborne Division, prepare to exit an armored vehicle during a mission to Strongpoint Terminator, a jointly operated U.S.-Afghan base in Zhari district, Kandahar province, southern Afghanistan, last month. (Associated Press)

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Afghan singer Waheed Qasemi performs in front of a huge poster of late commander Ahmad Shah Massoud during a ceremony on the eve of his ninth death anniversary in Kabul, Afghanistan, on Wednesday, Sept. 8, 2010. Two foreign suicide assassins, who had camouflaged themselves as journalists, killed Massoud on Sept. 9, 2001. (AP Photo/Musadeq Sadeq)

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U.S. Navy Adm. Mike Mullen (L), chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and U.S. Army Gen. David Petraeus, commander, International Security Assistance Force depart ISAF headquarters in Kabul, Afghanistan meet in Kabul, Afghanistan on on September 3, 2010. UPI/Chad J. McNeeley/U.S. Navy

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An Afghan protester burns a portrait of Dove World Outreach Center's pastor Terry Jones during a demonstration against the United States, in Kabul, Afghanistan, Monday, Sept. 6, 2010. Hundreds of Afghans railed against the U.S. and called for President Barack Obama's death at a rally in the capital Monday to denounce the American church's plans to burn the Islamic holy book on 9/11. (AP Photo/Musadeq Sadeq)

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Afghans move banners saying "Quran is our law, Islam is our religion" during a demonstration against the United States, in Kabul, Afghanistan, Monday, Sept. 6, 2010. Hundreds of Afghans railed against the U.S. and called for President Barack Obama's death at a rally in the capital Monday to denounce the American church's plans to burn the Islamic holy book on 9/11. (AP Photo/Musadeq Sadeq)

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Afghans shout slogans during a demonstration against the United States, in Kabul, Afghanistan, Monday, Sept. 6, 2010. Hundreds of Afghans railed against the U.S. and called for President Barack Obama's death at a rally in the capital Monday to denounce the American church's plans to burn the Islamic holy book on 9/11. (AP Photo/Musadeq Sadeq)

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An Afghan protester shouts slogans during a demonstration against the United States, in Kabul, Afghanistan, Monday, Sept. 6, 2010. Hundreds of Afghans railed against the U.S. and called for President Barack Obama's death at a rally in the capital Monday to denounce an American church's plans to burn the Islamic holy book on 9/11. (AP Photo/Musadeq Sadeq)

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Afghans burn an effigy of Dove World Outreach Center's pastor Terry Jones during a demonstration against the United States in Kabul, Afghanistan, Monday, Sept. 6, 2010. Hundreds of Afghans railed against the U.S. and called for President Barack Obama's death at a rally in the capital Monday to denounce the American church's plans to burn the Islamic holy book on 9/11. (AP Photo/Musadeq Sadeq)

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Afghan protesters step on a U.S. flag during a demonstration against the United States, in Kabul, Afghanistan, Monday, Sept. 6, 2010. Hundreds of Afghans railed against the U.S. and called for President Barack Obama's death at a rally in the capital Monday to denounce an American church's plans to burn the Islamic holy book on 9/11. (AP Photo/Musadeq Sadeq)

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TAKING AIM: Marine Sgt. Terry L. Hall teaches the correct shooting position to Afghan National Army troops at Forward Operating Base Blessing in Kunar province, Afghanistan, in December. (Associated Press)

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An Afghan youth rides past election posters of parliamentarian candidates in Kabul, Afghanistan. The Taliban vowed to attack polling places in Sept. 18 parliamentary elections, warning Afghans not to participate in what it called a sham vote. (Associated Press)

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U.S. soldiers of the Fort Campbell based 1-75 Cavalry fire 122 mm mortars at a nearby Taliban position at Forward Operating Base Wilson in Kandahar Province, Southern Afghanistan, Saturday, Sept. 4, 2010. (AP Photo/ Todd Pitman)

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Defense Secretary Robert Gates participates in an award ceremony for a group of soldiers from the 1st Battalion, 502nd Infantry Regiment, at combat outpost Senjaray outside Kandahar, Afghanistan, Friday, Sept. 3, 2010. (AP Photo/Jim Watson, Pool)

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Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai, right, shakes hands with Secretary of Defense Robert Gates during a joint press conference at the Presidential Palace in Kabul, Afghanistan, Thursday, Sept. 2, 2010. (AP Photo/Jim Watson, Pool)

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Arrested Taliban suspects and confiscated arms and ammunition are shown to the media at a police compound in Ghazni, east of Kabul, Afghanistan, on Thursday, Sept. 2, 2010. (AP Photo/Rahmatullah Naikzad)

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Defense Secretary Robert Gates, right, is greeted by top NATO commander Gen. David Petraeus as he arrives in Kabul, Afghanistan on Thursday, Sept. 2, 2010. (AP Photo/Jim Watson, Pool)

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Afghan soldiers chat Wednesday in front of the main office of Kabul Bank in Kabul, Afghanistan. The Afghan central bank's decision to force out executives of the nation's biggest bank amid allegations of mismanagement and questionable lending practices offers the government a chance to take a strong stand against corruption, the United States said Tuesday. (AP Photo)