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Smoke rises after NATO aircraft conducted an airstrike near the Arghandab River south of the village of Senjeray in Afghanistan's Kandahar province, where U.S. commanders had identified insurgent positions on Saturday, Sept. 11, 2010. (AP Photo/Todd Pitman)

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Smoke rises after NATO aircrafts conducted an air strike near the Arghandab river, south of Senjeray village, Kandahar province, where U.S. commanders had identified as insurgent positions Saturday, Sept. 11, 2010. (AP Photo/Todd Pitman)

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Defense Secretary Robert Gates, right, is greeted by top NATO commander Gen. David Petraeus as he arrives in Kabul, Afghanistan on Thursday, Sept. 2, 2010. (AP Photo/Jim Watson, Pool)

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An Afghan National Army soldier stands near the body of a suicide attacker near a NATO base in Khost province of Afghanistan, Saturday, Aug. 28, 2010. Insurgents launched pre-dawn attacks Saturday on a major NATO base in eastern Afghanistan and a nearby camp where seven CIA employees were killed last year in a suicide bombing. NATO said there were no coalition casualties and the attacks were repelled. It said 13 insurgents were killed, four of whom were wearing suicide vests, and five captured. (AP Photo/Nishanuddin Khan)

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Sen. Chuck Hagel (R-NB) speaks before U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton addresses the Washington Strategic Concept Seminar on the future of NATO in Washington on February 22, 2010. UPI/Alexis C. Glenn.

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ASSOCIATED PRESS PHOTOGRAPHS At top, Afghan policemen watch a NATO vehicle burn in late July after a convoy was hit by a suicide attack in Jalalabad. Arab and other foreign fighters with ties to al Qaeda are infiltrating the mountains of eastern Afghanistan.Afghan firemen try to extinguish a burning oil tanker in early June after an explosive device planted under it exploded near a NATO air base in Jalalabad, east of Kabul.

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"We are doing everything we can to achieve progress as rapidly as we can without rushing to failure," said Army Gen. David H. Petraeus, commander of the NATO and U.S. forces in Afghanistan. (Associated Press)

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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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An Afghan mourns for relatives who other mourners say were killed by NATO forces during a raid in the Sayed Abad district of Wardak province west of Kabul, Afghanistan, on Thursday, Aug. 12, 2010. (AP Photo/Rahmatullah Naikzad)

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ASSOCIATED PRESS LOSING HEARTS AND MINDS: During a protest in Kabul on Sunday, hundreds of Afghans carry posters of civilians said to have been killed by U.S. and NATO forces.

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Afghan women chant slogans against NATO and U.S. forces during a demonstration in Kabul, Afghanistan, on Sunday, Aug. 1, 2010, in condemnation of the alleged killing of Afghan civilians by NATO and U.S. forces in Afghanistan. (AP Photo/Musadeq Sadeq)

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Recruited Afghan soldiers march for an oath-taking ceremony with a Turkish military officer, front center, at the Ghazi Military Training Center, where they are being trained by Turkish military officers of the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) in Kabul, Afghanistan, on Thursday, July 15, 2010. (AP Photo/Musadeq Sadeq)

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A U.S. helicopter lands near recruited Afghan soldiers during an oath taking ceremony at the Ghazi Military Training Center, where they are being trained by Turkish military officers of the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF), in Kabul, Afghanistan on Thursday, July 15, 2010. (AP Photo/Musadeq Sadeq)

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U.S. Gen. David Petraeus, commander of the NATO and U.S. forces in Afghanistan, salutes during an oath-taking ceremony of recruited Afghan soldiers at the Ghazi Military Training Center, where the newcomers are being trained by Turkish military officers of the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) in Kabul, Afghanistan, on Thursday, July 15, 2010. (AP Photo/Musadeq Sadeq)

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Recruited Afghan soldiers march after taking an oath during a ceremony at the Ghazi Military Training Center, where they are being trained by Turkish military officers of the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) in Kabul, Afghanistan, on Thursday, July 15, 2010. (AP Photo/Musadeq Sadeq)

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Recruited Afghan soldiers march through a colored fog bomb after taking an oath during a ceremony at the Ghazi Military Training Center, where they are being trained by Turkish military officers of the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) in Kabul, Afghanistan, on Thursday, July 15, 2010. (AP Photo/Musadeq Sadeq)

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Recruited Afghan soldiers place their hands on a copy of the Quran, Islam's holy book, during an oath taking ceremony at the Ghazi Military Training Center, where they are being trained by Turkish military officers of the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) in Kabul, Afghanistan, on Thursday, July 15, 2010. (AP Photo/Musadeq Sadeq)

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** FILE ** Trucks carrying supplies to coalition forces burn after hundreds of people blocked a main road and set them on fire to protest what they said were civilian deaths in NATO operations in Logar province, west of Kabul, Afghanistan, on April 25, 2010. (AP Photo/Mohammed Obaid Ormur, File)

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Afghans collect fuel from a tanker shot up in an attack on a NATO supply convoy in Baghlan province, north of Kabul, Afghanistan, Tuesday, July 6, 2010. (AP Photo)

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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)