A U.S. contractor looks away from a dust cloud whipped up by a helicopter departing over the gatepost at Combat Outpost Terra Nova in Kandahar, Afghanistan. A recent government report states that billions of dollars are being spent on reconstruction in Afghanistan, but the money is not being tracked. Rodrigo Abd/AP hide caption

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Former service member Anthony Woods (left) listens during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. Since his discharge from the U.S. Army, Woods ran for Congress in California, and now he collaborates with groups trying to repeal the U.S. military's "don't ask, don't tell" policy that bans gays and lesbians from serving openly. Brendan Smialowski/Getty Images hide caption

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Smoke rises after NATO aircraft conduct an airstrike near the Arghandab River, south of Senjeray village, in Afghanistan's Kandahar province, where U.S. commanders had identified as insurgent positions, Sept. 11, 2010. As the U.S. cracks down on insurgents in Afghanistan, survivors flee to safe havens across the border in Pakistan. Now, the U.S. is ramping up strikes on Pakistan's lawless border region. Todd Pittman/AP hide caption

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U.S. Army 1s Lt. Blair Downey patrols with Afghan army soldiers in Kandahar province, Afghanistan, last month. Brennan Linsley/AP hide caption

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An Afghan policeman holds his weapon close during a joint patrol with U.S. soldiers on the outskirts of Kandahar city. David Gilkey/NPR hide caption

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