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** FILE ** Jalaluddin Haqqani, then the supreme commander of the Taliban army, talks with reporters in Miram Shah in Pakistan's Waziristan region in 1998. (AP Photo/Mohammad Riaz, File)

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U.S. soldiers of the Fort Campbell based 1-75 Cavalry fire 122 mm mortars at a nearby Taliban position at Forward Operating Base Wilson in Kandahar Province, Southern Afghanistan, Saturday, Sept. 4, 2010. (AP Photo/ Todd Pitman)

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Arrested Taliban suspects and confiscated arms and ammunition are shown to the media at a police compound in Ghazni, east of Kabul, Afghanistan, on Thursday, Sept. 2, 2010. (AP Photo/Rahmatullah Naikzad)

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Afghans pass on a road in front of the Howz-e-Madad base. "Taliban is the home team here," says a U.S. commander. The area has many well-armed fighters and a deep support network for the Taliban. (Associated Press)

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An Afghan soldier stands guard over arrested Taliban suspects and confiscated arms and ammunition at a police compound in Herat, west of Kabul, Afghanistan, on Monday, Aug. 23, 2010. (AP Photo/Reza Shirmohammadi)

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**FILE** In this photo from May 28, 2010, local Afghan residents watch a burning oil tanker that was carrying fuel supplies for NATO forces after it was allegedly attacked by Taliban on a Jalalabad highway, east of Kabul, Afghanistan. (Associated Press)

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Dan Terry is one of the six American medical aid workers killed by the Taliban in Afghanistan's Badakhshan Province. All of the victims belonged to the humanitarian group International Assistance Mission. (Associated Press)

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Cheryl Beckett is one of the six American medical aid workers killed by the Taliban in Afghanistan's Badakhshan Province. All of the victims belonged to the humanitarian group International Assistance Mission. (Associated Press)

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Tom Little is one of the six American medical aid workers killed by the Taliban in Afghanistan's Badakhshan Province. All of the victims belonged to the humanitarian group International Assistance Mission. (Associated Press)

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Thomas Grams is one of the six American medical aid workers killed by the Taliban in Afghanistan's Badakhshan Province. All of the victims belonged to the humanitarian group International Assistance Mission. (Associated Press)

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Glen Lapp is one of the six American medical aid workers killed by the Taliban in Afghanistan's Badakhshan Province. All of the victims belonged to the humanitarian group International Assistance Mission. (Associated Press)

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Brian Carderelli is one of the six American medical aid workers killed by the Taliban in Afghanistan's Badakhshan Province. All of the victims belonged to the humanitarian group International Assistance Mission. (Associated Press)

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Associated Press photographs From left, Afghan National Army soldiers Mirza Mirzali, a Pashtun; Mullah Assan, an ethnic Turkmeni; and Aijad, an ethnic Tajik, are representative of the various ethnicities in the army. Despite ethnic quotas, the Afghan army is still dominated by northern minorities who were oppressd by the Taliban. The Taliban is made up of mostly Pashtuns.

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An M-14 sniper rifle sits beside a watch tower as smoke rises in the background after U.S. soldiers blew up a mud wall which Taliban insurgents were using as cover to attack troops from the 1-320th Alpha Battery, 2nd Brigade of the 101st Airborne Division at Combat Outpost Nolen, in the volatile Arghandab Valley, Kandahar, Afghanistan, Thursday, July 29, 2010. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)

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In this July 28, 2010, file photo, U.S. Army Lt. Christopher Babcock looks at the body of a suspected Taliban fighter killed by U.S. soldiers from 1-320th Alpha Battery, 2nd Brigade of the 101st Airborne Division, while local people protest the man was a farmer from Samir Kalacha village in the volatile Arghandab Valley, Kandahar, Afghanistan. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd, File)

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US soldiers from 1-320th Alpha Battery, 2nd Brigade of the 101st Airborne Division, run to firing positions after coming under attack by Taliban insurgents at COP Nolen, in the volatile Arghandab Valley, Kandahar, Afghanistan, Tuesday, July 27, 2010. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)

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US soldiers from 1-320th Alpha Battery, 2nd Brigade of the 101st Airborne Division, fire towards insurgents after coming under attack by Taliban at COP Nolen, in the volatile Arghandab Valley, Kandahar, Afghanistan, Tuesday, July 27, 2010. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)

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A Pakistani villager carries an injured person at the spot of bombing in Yakaghund in Pakistani tribal area of Mohmand on Friday, July 9, 2010. Two suicide bombers, at least one of them on a motorcycle, struck outside a government office Friday in a tribal region where Pakistan's army has fought the Taliban, killing scores of people and left many injured, officials said. (AP Photo/Mohammad Sajjad)

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People gather near the site of the suicide bombing in Yakaghund in Pakistani tribal area of Mohmand on Friday, July 9, 2010. Two suicide bombers, at least oen of them on a motorcycle, struck outside a government office Friday in a tribal region where Pakistan's army has fought the Taliban, killing scores of people and left many injured, officials said. (AP Photo/Mohammad Sajjad)

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People carry an injured person from the spot of bombing in Yakaghund in Pakistani tribal area of Mohmand on Friday, July 9, 2010. Two suicide bombers, at least one of them on a motorcycle, struck outside a government office Friday in a tribal region where Pakistan's army has fought the Taliban, killing scores of people and left many injured, officials said. (AP Photo/Mohammad Sajjad)