Army Gen. Stanley McChrystal, the top U.S. commander in Afghanistan, in Kandahar earlier this week. David Gilkey/NPR hide caption

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Gen. Stanley McChrystal (right), commander of U.S. and NATO forces in Afghanistan, meets Thursday with Defense Secretary Robert Gates at NATO headquarters in Brussels. Pool/Getty Images hide caption

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