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An Afghan policeman inspects a damaged vehicle at the scene of an explosion in Kandahar south of Kabul, Afghanistan on Saturday, July 10, 2010. One bystander was killed when the bomb, concealed in a parked motorcycle, exploded in the middle of the afternoon, said the city's security chief. (AP Photo/Allauddin Khan)

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** FILE ** Norwegian Minister of Defense Grete Faremo, left, Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg, center, and Chief of Defense Harald Sunde give a media conference Monday June 28, 2010, in Oslo, after four of Norway's soldiers died after a roadside bomb exploded that Sunday evening near their vehicle in northern Afghanistan. (AP Photo/Scanpix Norway/Gorm Kallestad)

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Illustration: Rebuilding Afghanistan by Alexander Hunter for The Washington Times

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Afghans collect fuel from a tanker shot up in an attack on a NATO supply convoy in Baghlan province, north of Kabul, Afghanistan, Tuesday, July 6, 2010. (AP Photo)

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An Afghan woman registers to get a voting card for the upcoming parliamentary elections scheduled for September, in Jalalabad, east of Kabul, Afghanistan, Wednesday, July 7, 2010. (AP Photo/Rahmat Gul)

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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)