National Edition News cover for March 2, 2015 - Iraq, Afghanistan become allies to U.S. on battlefield: U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter, left, arrives to a news conference with Afghan President Ashraf Ghani at the Presidential Palace in Kabul, Afghanistan, Saturday, Feb. 21, 2015. Carter made his international debut Saturday with a visit to Afghanistan to see American troops and commanders, meet with Afghan leaders and assess whether U.S. withdrawal plans are too risky to Afghan security. (SAP Photos/Jonathan Ernst, Pool)
An unmanned U.S. Predator drone flies over Kandahar Air Field, southern Afghanistan on a moonlit night, in this Jan. 31, 2010, file photo. The Obama administration is amending its regulations for weapons sales to allow the export of armed military drones to friendly nations and allies. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth, File)
Afghanistan National Army officers march during a graduation ceremony at a training center in Herat, west of Kabul, Afghanistan, Thursday, Feb. 12, 2015. Around 1, 200 national army officers graduated after receiving a 3 month training program in Herat. (AP Photo/Hoshang Hashimi)
Afghan police officers hold a national flag as they celebrate after a graduation ceremony at a National Police training center in Jalalabad, east of Kabul, Afghanistan, Wednesday, Feb. 11, 2015. Over a hundred national police officers graduated after receiving a two-month training program in Jalalabad. (AP Photo/Rahmat Gul)
President Obama's Secretary of Defense nominee Ashton Carter is signaling to lawmakers that instability in such countries as Libya and Yemen may require additional counterterrorism operations similar to the ones being conducted by the U.S. military on the Pakistan and Afghanistan border. (Associated Press)
Afghan leader Hamid Karzai acknowledges applause on Capitol Hill Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2002 during President Bush's State of the Union address. Back row, from left are, Manassas, Va. firefighter William Best, Olympian skeleton competitor James Shea and Sadoozai Panah, managing director for Women's Development for Afghanistan, Front row, from left are, Shannon Spann, widow of CIA agent Michael Spann, Karzai and first lady Laura Bush. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
FILE - In this Dec. 28, 2011 file photo, a former Taliban fighter places a range of bullets before surrendering it to Afghan authorities, as part of a peace-reconciliation program in Herat, west of Kabul, Afghanistan. The Islamic State group controls a third of both Syria and Iraq, where it declared a caliphate governed by an extremely harsh interpretation of Shariah law and demanded the allegiance of the world’s Muslims. The Taliban, by contrast, are narrowly focused on Afghanistan and Pakistan, and some leaders have even responded to past peace overtures. (AP Photo/Reza Shirmohammadi, File)
From Afghanistan and borderlands of Pakistan to Iraq and North Africa, radical Islamists eager to spread their strict interpretation of the Muslim faith and topple Western values have bombed, beheaded and slaughtered — undermining the White House narrative and raising questions about its strategy. (Associated Press)
Afghan President Ashraf Ghani, left, former President Hamid Karzai, center, and Chief Executive Abdullah Abdullah, right, attend a ceremony marking the completion of security transition to Afghan security forces in Kabul, Thursday, Jan. 1, 2015. Afghan police are investigating a rocket strike on a wedding party that killed at least 28 people, many of them women and children, an official said Thursday, as President Ashraf Ghani marked the country’s transition to full sovereignty after the 13-year international military mission to rid Afghanistan of insurgents officially ended. (AP Photo/Rahmat Gul)
FILE PHOTO - 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.
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
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.
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 **
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)