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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)

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President Barack Obama speaks about the resignation of Gen. Stanley A. McChrystal, the commander of U.S. troops in Afghanistan, at the White House as Gen. David H. Petraeus listens. Mr. Obama said Gen. Petraeus, previously the commander of U.S. forces in the Middle East and Central Asia, will replace Gen. McChrystal. (Bloomberg)

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Gen. David Petraeus, who leads the U.S. Central Command, arrives at the White House in Washington on Wednesday, June 23, 2010, before the start of the national security team meeting on Afghanistan and Pakistan in the Situation Room. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

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** FILE ** In this May 10, 2010, file photo, Commander of U.S. and NATO forces in Afghanistan Gen. Stanley McChrystal, and U.S. Ambassador to Afghanistan Karl W. Eikenberry brief reporters ahead of Afghan President Hamid Karzai's visit at the White House. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

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Former Taliban fighters stand in line as they surrender their weapons to Afghan authorities in Herat, west of Kabul, Afghanistan, on Saturday, June 19, 2010. (AP Photo/Reza Shirmohammadi)

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Richard Holbrooke, the U.S. special envoy to Afghanistan and Pakistan, speaks during a press conference in Islamabad, Pakistan, on Saturday, June 19, 2010. (AP Photo/Anjum Naveed)

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**FILE** In this May 8, 2010, file photo, U.S. Army soldiers with 2nd Platoon, Alpha Company, 2nd Battalion, 1st Infantry Regiment of the 5th Stryker Brigade, keep their eyes in the direction of two Taliban fighters, armed with AK-47 assault rifles, who were seen running after one soldier shot at them when they entered the nearby intersection in Afghanistan's Kandahar province. (Associated Press)

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** FILE ** Former Afghan Foreign Minister Abdullah Abdullah is pictured during a press conference in Kabul, Afghanistan, on Sunday, Nov. 1, 2009, after announcing his decision not to participate in a runoff presidential election. (AP Photo/Musadeq Sadeq)

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**FILE** U.S. Marines from the 2nd Marine Expeditionary Battalion walk through the sand inside Camp Leatherneck in Afghanistan's Helmand province on June 8, 2009. (Associated Press)

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** FILE ** Afghan President Hamid Karzai (The Washington Times)