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Spec. Donny Mason, a U.S. soldier from Bravo Company, 2nd Battalion of the 508 Parachute Infantry Regiment of the 82nd Airborne, looks through his rifle scope as he stands guard at Combat Outpost Ware in the volatile Arghandab Valley, outside Kandahar City in Afghanistan on Sunday. (Associated Press)

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Gen. David H. Petraeus speaks during a ceremony in which he formally assumed command on Sunday in Kabul, Afghanistan. (Associated Press)

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** FILE ** Gen. David H. Petraeus (center right), the newly appointed International Security Assistance Forces commander, greets Lt. Gen. David Rodriguez upon Gen. Petraeus' arrival in Kabul, Afghanistan, in July 2010 to take command of U.S. and international forces fighting the nearly 9-year-old war. (AP Photo/Staff Sgt. Daylena Gonzalez, U.S. Air Force)

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Afghan security force members stand outside a USAID compound in Kunduz, northern Afghanistan, Friday, July 2, 2010, after it was stormed by militants wearing suicide vests. Six suicide bombers attacked the compound Friday, killing at least four people and wounding several others, officials said. (AP Photo)

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U.S. soldiers carry a body at a USAID compound in Kunduz, north of Kabul, Afghanistan, Friday, July 2, 2010, after it was stormed by militants wearing suicide vests. Six suicide bombers attacked the compound Friday in northern Afghanistan, killing at least four people and wounding several others, officials said. (AP Photo)

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U.S. soldiers escort a wounded foreign contractor at a USAID compound in Kunduz, north of Kabul, Afghanistan, Friday, July 2, 2010, after it was stormed by militants wearing suicide vests. Six suicide bombers attacked the compound Friday in northern Afghanistan, killing at least four people and wounding several others, officials said. (AP Photo)

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Afghan security forces members carry the body of a foreign security contractor inside a USAID compound in Kunduz, northern Afghanistan, Friday, July 2, 2010, after it was stormed by militants wearing suicide vests. Six suicide bombers attacked the compound Friday, killing at least four people and wounding several others, officials said. (AP Photo)

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Afghan security forces members stand next to the body of a security guard inside a USAID compound in Kunduz, northern Afghanistan, Friday, July 2, 2010, after it was stormed by militants wearing suicide vests. Six suicide bombers attacked the compound Friday, killing at least four people and wounding several others, officials said. (AP Photo)

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Afghan security force members stand outside a USAID compound in Kunduz, northern Afghanistan, Friday, July 2, 2010, after it was stormed by militants wearing suicide vests. Six suicide bombers attacked the compound Friday, killing at least four people and wounding several others, officials said. (AP Photo)

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Afghan security force members stand outside a USAID compound in Kunduz, northern Afghanistan, Friday, July 2, 2010, after it was stormed by militants wearing suicide vests. Six suicide bombers attacked the compound Friday, killing at least four people and wounding several others, officials said. (AP Photo)

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ASSOCIATED PRESS U.N. special representative in Afghanistan Staffan de Mistura invites questions during a press conference in Kabul, Afghanistan, Thursday, June 24, 2010. A delegation of 15 members from the U.N. Security Council visited Afghanistan to meet with high-ranking officials, including Afghan President Hamid Karzai.

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Smoke rises outside an airfield used by Afghan and international forces in Jalalabad, east of Kabul, Afghanistan, Wednesday, June 30, 2010. Militants set off a car bomb and stormed the entrance to the airport and eight insurgents died in the ensuing gunbattle, authorities said. (AP Photo)

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GLASS HALF FULL: Optimism is high that Army Gen. David H. Petraeus will be confirmed in the next few days as commander of allied forces in Afghanistan. (Associated Press)

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** FILE ** Gen. David Petraeus testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington on Tuesday, June 29, 2010, before the Senate Armed Services Committee hearing to be confirmed as President Obama's choice to take control of forces in Afghanistan. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

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Gen. David Petraeus testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, June 29, 2010, before the Senate Armed Services Committee hearing to be confirmed as President Obama's choice to take control of forces in Afghanistan. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

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Illustration: Afghanistan by Linas Garsys for The Washington Times

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U.S. President Barack Obama makes remarks on the resignation of Army General Stanley McChrystal, the commander of U.S. troops in Afghanistan, while Army General David Petraeus listens at right, in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Wednesday, June 23, 2010. Obama said McChrystal will be replaced by Petraeus, commander of U.S. forces in the Middle East and Central Asia and the architect of the counterinsurgency strategy the U.S. is pursuing in Afghanistan. Photographer: Chris Kleponis/Bloomberg

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U.S. President Barack Obama returns to the Oval Office with Secretary of Defense Robert Gates (R) after announcing Gen. David Petraeus will replace Gen. Stanley McChrystal as the top U.S. commander in Afghanistan in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington on June 23, 2010. UPI/Roger L. Wollenberg

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** FILE ** In this Jan. 20, 2010, file photo, Gen. Stanley McChrystal, then-commander of the International Security Assistance Forces (ISAF) and commander of United States Forces in Afghanistan arrives to attend at the 13th Joint Coordination and Monitoring Board (JCMB) Meeting in Kabul, Afghanistan. (AP Photo/Musadeq Sadeq, File)