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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 ** President Obama meets with Afghan President Hamid Karzai at the presidential palace in Kabul, Afghanistan, on Sunday, March 28, 2010. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak, File)

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** FILE ** An U.S. Chinook helicopter overflies Kabul, Afghanistan on Wednesday, July 15, 2009. (AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti)

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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 ** Aafia Siddiqui is seen in the custody of the Counter Terrorism Department of Ghazni province in Ghazni City, Afghanistan, on July 17, 2008. The U.S.-trained Pakistani scientist was convicted by a jury on Wednesday, Feb. 3, 2010, of charges she tried to kill Americans while she was detained in Afghanistan. (AP Photo/File)

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**FILE** A U.S. Army Black Hawk medical evacuation helicopter flies on a mission over Helmand Province, Afghanistan, Thursday, Oct. 22, 2009.

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** FILE ** President Obama reviews the honor guard with Afghan President Hamid Karzai (left) at the presidential palace in Kabul, Afghanistan, during Mr. Obama's unannounced visit on Sunday, March 28, 2010. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

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

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**FILE** Afghan farmers work in an opium poppy field in Nawa district of Helmand province, south of Kabul, Afghanistan, on April 25, 2009. (Associated Press)