Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki shakes hands with President Obama in the Oval Office at the White House on Monday. The two leaders met as the U.S. prepares to withdraw the last of its combat troops from Iraq. Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images hide caption

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Afghan President Hamid Karzai calls Monday on the international community to keep up its support for Afghanistan. More than 100 countries attended the conference in Bonn, Germany. Oliver Berg/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Syrian has come under increasing international pressure in recent days. On Monday, Syrians protested in the capital Damascus against the Arab League's decision to impose sanctions. Syria has also come under sharp criticism from an independent commission that accused the security forces of systematically carrying out abuses against anti-government demonstrators. Yin Bogu/Xinhua /Landov hide caption

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Hussain Haqqani, Pakistan's ambassador in Washington (right), talks to President Asif Ali Zardari in Multan, Pakistan, in August. Haqqani resigned over claims he wrote a memo to Washington asking for its help in reining in Pakistan's powerful military. B.K. Bangash/AP hide caption

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Pakistani protesters shout slogans during a protest in Multan on Oct. 14 against U.S. drone attacks in Pakistani tribal areas. Officials said U.S. drone strikes on Oct. 13 killed 10 militants, including a senior commander in the Haqqani network. Drone attacks are one way the U.S. hopes to squeeze the Haqqani militants. AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard and President Obama hold a joint news conference in Australia on Wednesday. The U.S. is sending some 250 U.S. Marines to the country next year, a number that will later grow to 2,500. Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton looks on as Pakistani Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar speaks at a joint news conference in Islamabad on Friday.

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