Women have been flying Apache attack helicopters in the U.S. Army for about 15 years. Chief Warrant Office Stephanie Rose was among the first women to fly the Apache and is currently on her third combat tour, this time in northern Afghanistan. Yuri Cortez/Getty Images hide caption

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Villagers shout anti-U.S. slogans after a U.S.-led raid in Wardak, Afghanistan, that killed three civilians two weeks ago. A crowd of about 300 villagers yelled "Death to the United States" and blocked a main road in eastern Afghanistan. Rahmatullah Naikzad/AP hide caption

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Women walk at an outdoor market in downtown Kabul. The resurgent Taliban and several recent executions in accordance with an extreme interpretation of Shariah law have human-rights activists worried, particularly for women. Rodrigo Abd/AP hide caption

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Hall rests during a recent patrol in Ali Abad, in northern Afghanistan, with a platoon of soldiers who live with the Afghan national police. Quil Lawrence/NPR hide caption

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A Canadian soldier jumps over a ditch during a patrol in Afghanistan's Kandahar province in June. Canadian troops are expected to leave Afghanistan in 2011. Anja Niedringhaus/AP hide caption

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A Marine carry team lifts a transfer case containing the remains of Cpl. Paul J. Miller at Dover Air Force Base, Del., on July 21. Miller, of Traverse City, Mich., was killed by a roadside bomb blast while on patrol in Afghanistan. July was the deadliest month for U.S. troops in the nearly nine-year-old war. Steve Ruark/AP hide caption

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Secretary of State Hillary Clinton (right) is greeted by Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai in Kabul on Monday, a day ahead of the international donors' conference. Paul J. Richards/AP hide caption

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A burqa-clad Afghan woman carries a child through the old town area of Kabul last month. Afghan women worry that peace talks with the Taliban might result in a loss of rights they had slowly regained after the militants' harsh and restrictive rule. Ed Jones/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Afghan farmer Raifudin Kushkaki shows the spot in his home where he says his 16-year-old son bled to death during a May 14 U.S.-Afghan military raid near Jalalabad, in eastern Afghanistan. Kushkaki says the raid killed nine innocent civilians. U.S. officials say the raid targeted and killed a Taliban operative. Quil Lawrence/NPR hide caption

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