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FILE PHOTO - Soldiers from Company H (Hawk Co.), 3rd Squadron, 2nd Striker Cavalry Regiment, dismount from a their vehicle and prepare to raid a series of compounds Nov. 22, in the Maywand District, Afghanistan

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Five American troops and one Afghan were killed June 9 when a B-1B bomber mistook them for enemy forces in Afghanistan's Zabul Province due to multiple human factors. (Associated Press)

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President Obama praised the courage of the U.S. Armed Forces as he called an end to combat operations in Afghanistan, thereby closing America's longest war. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File) — FILE

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Chris Marvin (left) was an Army helicopter pilot before suffering numerous injuries in a 2004 crash on the Afghanistan-Pakistan border. Never one to go down without a fight, Mr. Marvin spent years recuperating and became managing director of Got Your 6, a nonprofit that works to inspire and assist other combat veterans like himself.

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Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl is awaiting an Army decision on whether he will face criminal charges for walking off his base in Afghanistan on June 30, 2009, and becoming an enemy captive until last May. (Associated Press) ** FILE **

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While more Iraq and Afghanistan vets are surviving their injuries, more are losing their limbs in attacks. (Associated Press)

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The A-10 Warthog has the capability to fly low enough so its crew can detect friendly forces on the ground, preventing tragedies like the one in June when a B-1B dropped a 500-pound bomb onto U.S. soldiers protecting a helicopter landing zone in Afghanistan. (Associated Press)

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FILE - In this Oct. 28, 2009 file photo taken with a night vision scope, U.S. Special Operations forces search a home during a joint operation with Afghan National Army soldiers targeting insurgents operating in Afghanistan's Farah province. Afghan President Ashraf Ghani has ordered a top-to-bottom review of the practices of the country’s defense forces, including discussing a possible resumption of controversial night raids banned by his predecessor, the Associated Press has learned. The move appears aimed at revamping the military for the fight against the Taliban amid new indications that U.S. and international forces will play a greater role than initially envisaged. (AP Photo/Maya Alleruzzo, File)

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U.S. Special Operations forces engage in a joint operation with Afghan National Army soldiers targeting insurgents operating in Afghanistan's Farah province, Oct. 29, 2009. (Associated Press) ** FILE **

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U.S. Central Commander Gen. David Petraeus looks on at right as Defense Undersecretary Michele Flournoy testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, June 16, 2010, before the Senate Armed Services Committee hearing on Afghanistan. (AP Photo/Drew Angerer)

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Defense Undersecretary for Policy Michele Flournoy, left, talks with Marines Lt. Gen. John Paxton, director for operations, the Joint Staff, talk on Capitol Hill in Washington, Monday, Feb. 22, 2010, prior to their testifying before the Senate Armed Services Committee hearing on Afghanistan. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

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Sgt. Liz Medina in Afghanistan. (Image courtesy of Sgt. Liz Medina)

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Rangers from Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 3rd Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment and a multi-purpose canine pause during a nighttime combat mission in Afghanistan. Courtesy U.S. Army.

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U.S. Army Spc. David Walls, of Warren, Mich., Mine Detection Dog Handler, 49th Engineer Detachment, oversees Sergeant Homer, a mine detection dog, as he performs a mine-proofing sweep at the Russian Grain Silo Combat Outpost, Kandahar, Afghanistan. The COP is the intended site of a 10 mega-watt power plant that will provide electricity to the western side of Kandahar. Walls and Homer are deployed to Kandahar Air Field, Afghanistan. (ISAF photo by TSgt Samuel Padilla/released)

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Francisco Garcia, a 22-year-old Army veteran, was shot to death in Los Angeles early Sunday during a dispute at a homecoming party celebrating his return from Afghanistan. (KCAL 9)

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ON POINT HELMAND PROVINCE, Afghanistan -Cpl. Bryan Manthey, Weapons Company, 3rd Battalion, 1st Marine Regiment, Regimental Combat Team 7, and a dog named Zzisko rest during a patrol near Garmsir, Afghanistan, July 5. Manthey and his military working dog were searching for improvised explosive devices.

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U.S. Army Spc. David Walls, of Warren, Mich., Mine Detection Dog Handler, 49th Engineer Detachment, oversees Sergeant Homer, a mine detection dog, as he performs a mine-proofing sweep at the Russian Grain Silo Combat Outpost, Kandahar, Afghanistan. The COP is the intended site of a 10 mega-watt power plant that will provide electricity to the western side of Kandahar. Walls and Homer are deployed to Kandahar Air Field, Afghanistan. (ISAF photo by TSgt Samuel Padilla/released)

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The crew of a B1-B Lancer flying combat air support during a mission in Afghanistan mistook American soldiers on the ground for enemy fighters and mistakenly fired upon the group, killing them where they stood. (u.s. air force)

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American advisers have aided the ANA program, offering training on weapons, as Afghanistan prepares for the U.S. withdrawal. (Photo by Valerie Plesch / Special to The Washington Times)

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exit strategy: Afghanistan faces the prospect of an uncertain future — for both its security and its economic health — as the last U.S. Marines prepare to return home from America's longest war. (associated press)