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Afghan soldiers chat in front of the main office of Kabul Bank in Kabul, Afghanistan, on Wednesday, Sept. 1, 2010. 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/Musadeq Sadeq)

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Gen. David H. Petraeus speaks to the media in his office in Kabul, Afghanistan, on Tuesday, Aug. 31, 2010. (AP Photo/Mustafa Quraishi)

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Gen. David H. Petraeus says he shares Afghan President Hamid Karzai's concern about militants hiding in Pakistan but praises Pakistan's counterinsurgency effort. (Associated Press)

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** FILE ** U.S. and Afghan Army soldiers man a guard tower at the jointly operated Strongpoint Lakokhel in the Zhari district of Kandahar province in southern Afghanistan on Thursday, Aug. 26, 2010. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley)

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A U.S. Army helicopter takes off carrying soldiers wounded in a roadside bombing in Kandahar, Afghanistan, on Monday, Aug. 30, 2010. Eyewitnesses said a U.S. military armored Humvee caught fire after having been struck by the bomb in a residential area of Kandahar, Afghanistan's second-largest city, while returning in a convoy from an unknown mission. (AP Photo/Allauddin Khan)

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An Afghan woman walks past a poster of Fawzya Galani, a candidate for parliament, in Herat, west of Kabul, Afghanistan, on Thursday, Aug. 26, 2010.

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An Afghan National Army soldier stands near the body of a suicide attacker near a NATO base in Khost province of Afghanistan, Saturday, Aug. 28, 2010. Insurgents launched pre-dawn attacks Saturday on a major NATO base in eastern Afghanistan and a nearby camp where seven CIA employees were killed last year in a suicide bombing. NATO said there were no coalition casualties and the attacks were repelled. It said 13 insurgents were killed, four of whom were wearing suicide vests, and five captured. (AP Photo/Nishanuddin Khan)

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A U.S. Army soldier of the 101st Airborne Division walks along a road during a day of joint missions with the Afghan army in the Zhari district of Kandahar province in southern Afghanistan on Thursday, Aug. 26, 2010. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley)

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A U.S. soldier from the 101st Airborne Division reads as a sandstorm blows around him at Forward Operating Base Howz-e-Madad in southern Afghanistan's Zhari district on Tuesday. U.S. and Afghan troops plan an assault there, the birthplace of the Taliban, next month. (Associated Press)

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**FILE** An improvised explosive device (IED) wrecked a police car and wounded several police officers in Jalalabad, east of Kabul, Afghanistan, on Aug. 24, 2010. (Associated Press)

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An Afghan soldier stands guard over arrested Taliban suspects and confiscated arms and ammunition at a police compound in Herat, west of Kabul, Afghanistan, on Monday, Aug. 23, 2010. (AP Photo/Reza Shirmohammadi)

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Afghan President Hamid Karzai says he decided to ban private security firms in his country because they were contributing to corruption. (Associated Press)

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U.S. soldiers shield themselves from the rotor wash of a medevac helicopter as it takes off with patients in the Zhari district of Kandahar province in southern Afghanistan on Friday, Aug. 20, 2010. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley)

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In this Dec. 2, 2009, file photo, U.S. soldiers patrol through the heart of Kabul, Afghanistan. A majority of Americans see no end in sight in Afghanistan, and nearly six in 10 oppose the nine-year-old war as President Obama sends tens of thousands more troops to the fight, according to a new Associated Press-GfK poll. (AP Photo/Musadeq Sadeq, File)

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"We are doing everything we can to achieve progress as rapidly as we can without rushing to failure," said Army Gen. David H. Petraeus, commander of the NATO and U.S. forces in Afghanistan. (Associated Press)

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**FILE** In this photo from May 28, 2010, local Afghan residents watch a burning oil tanker that was carrying fuel supplies for NATO forces after it was allegedly attacked by Taliban on a Jalalabad highway, east of Kabul, Afghanistan. (Associated Press)

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**FILE** Afghan President Hamid Karzai (left) and Sen. John Kerry (The Washington Times)

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In this July 19, 2010, file photo, A U.S. contractor looks away from a dust cloud whipped up by a helicopter departing over the gatepost at Combat Outpost Terra Nova in Kandahar, Afghanistan. Afghan President Hamid Karzai on Tuesday, Aug. 17, 2010, set a four-month deadline for private security companies to cease operations in the country. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd, File)

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Afghan President Hamid Karzai issues an ultimatum to private security firms in Afghanistan. (Associated Press)

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Afghans gather at the scene of an attack on a presidential adviser in Jalalabad, Afghanistan, on Aug. 2. CIA Director Leon Panetta said fewer than 100 al Qaeda operatives remain in Afghanistan, a number officials hope will restore American optimism in the ongoing war. (Associated Press)