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Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta, soon to step down, addresses the troops during a visit to Kandahar airfield in Kandahar, Afghanistan, on Dec. 13. (Associated Press)

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Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta, soon to step down, addresses the troops during a visit to Kandahar airfield in Kandahar, Afghanistan, on Dec. 13. (Associated Press)

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Syrian President Bashar Assad outlines a new peace initiative that includes a national reconciliation conference and a new government and constitution but demands for regional and Western countries to stop funding and arming rebels first, on Sunday, Jan. 6, 2013, in Damascus, Syria. (AP Photo/Syrian State Television via AP video)

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Palestinian Prime Minister Salam Fayyad gestures during an interview with The Associated Press in the West Bank city of Ramallah, on Sunday, Jan. 6, 2013. Mr. Fayyad blames Arab countries that haven’t delivered promised financial aid for an escalating financial crisis in the Palestinian territories. (AP Photo/Majdi Mohammed)

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** FILE ** Border Security Force soldiers patrol the India-Pakistan border at Kanachak, about 9 miles west of Jammu, India, in 2006. (AP Photo/Channi Anand)

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** FILE ** Border Security Force soldiers patrol the India-Pakistan border at Kanachak, about 9 miles west of Jammu, India, in 2006. (AP Photo/Channi Anand)

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Government security forces in a pickup truck drive past a demonstration by several hundred merchants calling for peace on Saturday, Jan. 5, 2013, in downtown Bangui, Central African Republic, as negotiators prepare for talks with rebels from the north. (AP Photo/Ben Curtis)

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Government security forces in a pickup truck drive past a demonstration by several hundred merchants calling for peace on Saturday, Jan. 5, 2013, in downtown Bangui, Central African Republic, as negotiators prepare for talks with rebels from the north. (AP Photo/Ben Curtis)

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Yemeni soldiers stand guard outside a state security court during a trial of suspected al Qaeda militants in Sanaa, Yemen, on Sunday, Jan. 6, 2013. Yemen's state security court has sentenced five people to up to 10 years in prison for carrying out attacks against security forces and supporting the group logistically in the southern province of Abyan in 2011. (AP Photo/Hani Mohammed)

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Yemeni soldiers stand guard outside a state security court during a trial of suspected al Qaeda militants in Sanaa, Yemen, on Sunday, Jan. 6, 2013. Yemen's state security court has sentenced five people to up to 10 years in prison for carrying out attacks against security forces and supporting the group logistically in the southern province of Abyan in 2011. (AP Photo/Hani Mohammed)

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Syrian President Bashar Assad outlines a new peace initiative that includes a national reconciliation conference and a new government and constitution but demands for regional and Western countries to stop funding and arming rebels first, on Sunday, Jan. 6, 2013, in Damascus, Syria. (AP Photo/Syrian State Television via AP video)

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** FILE ** This July 23, 2010, file photo shows Gen. Stanley McChrystal reviewing troops for the last time as he is honored at a retirement ceremony at Fort McNair in Washington. Speaking out for the first time since he resigned, McChrystal writes in a new memoir that he takes the blame for the Rolling Stone article that ended his Afghan command and army career, including for the unflattering comments attributed to his staff about the Obama administration. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, file)

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** FILE ** This July 23, 2010, file photo shows Gen. Stanley McChrystal reviewing troops for the last time as he is honored at a retirement ceremony at Fort McNair in Washington. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, file)

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Andy Brockman project archaeologist of the attempt to dig up and recover a number of British World War II Spitfire Mark XIV fighter planes, buried in Myanmar at the end of the WWII, as they speak to members of the media during a briefing on how they intend to discover the aircraft, at a hotel near London's Heathrow Airport on Jan. 4, 2013. The iconic Battle of Britain Spitfires according to records were crated, stored and then buried rather than ship them back to Britain, at various locations around Myanmar as British forces left the country following the defeat of Japan at the end of WWII. The group leave to Myanmar on Jan 5. (Associated Press)

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Andy Brockman project archaeologist of the attempt to dig up and recover a number of British World War II Spitfire Mark XIV fighter planes, buried in Myanmar at the end of the WWII, as they speak to members of the media during a briefing on how they intend to discover the aircraft, at a hotel near London's Heathrow Airport on Jan. 4, 2013. The iconic Battle of Britain Spitfires according to records were crated, stored and then buried rather than ship them back to Britain, at various locations around Myanmar as British forces left the country following the defeat of Japan at the end of WWII. The group leave to Myanmar on Jan 5. (Associated Press)

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Free Syrian Army members react to fighting in Aleppo, Syria, on Jan. 3, 2013. The area is immersed in a Syrian civil war that the United Nations estimates has killed more than 60,000 people since the revolt against President Bashar Assad began in March 2011. (Associated Press)

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Free Syrian Army members react to fighting in Aleppo, Syria, on Jan. 3, 2013. The area is immersed in a Syrian civil war that the United Nations estimates has killed more than 60,000 people since the revolt against President Bashar Assad began in March 2011. (Associated Press)

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Gen. Stanley A. McChrystal, who was forced to resign as commander of U.S. and coalition forces in Afghanistan in July 2010, presumably will tell about that and more from his 38-year career in his memoir, “My Share of the Task,” coming out Monday.

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Gen. Stanley A. McChrystal, who was forced to resign as commander of U.S. and coalition forces in Afghanistan in July 2010, presumably will tell about that and more from his 38-year career in his memoir, “My Share of the Task,” coming out Monday.

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Chinese paramilitary policemen build a fence Dec. 8 across from North Korea, seen in the background from the Chinese border town of Tumen. In recent months, North Korean strongman Kim Jong Un has intensified a border crackdown that has sought to seal the once-porous 880-mile frontier with China, smugglers and analysts alike say. (Associated Press)