Afghan commandos work on clearing a mock house during a training session conducted by the U.S. Army Special Forces at Fire Base Thomas in western Afghanistan. David Gilkey/NPR hide caption

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Iraq's Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki displays photographs of a man identified by the Iraqi government as al-Qaida in Iraq leader Abu Omar al-Baghdadi. Maliki announced the deaths of Baghdadi and another al-Qaida leader, Abu Ayyub al-Masri, on Monday. Iraqi Prime Minister office/Getty Images hide caption

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An Army Honor Guard prepares to carry the flag-draped coffin of Staff Sgt. Vernon Martin into St. John's Baptist Church for his funeral service on Oct. 19, 2009, in Savannah, Ga. Martin, 25, was one of eight U.S. soldiers killed Oct. 3 during a fierce battle at Combat Outpost Keating in Afghanistan. Stephen Morton/Getty Images hide caption

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Capt. Mike Miller, with Delta Company, 2nd Brigade Combat Team of the 101st Airborne Division, rides in his Humvee during a training mission at Fort Polk, La. David Gilkey/NPR hide caption

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Staff Sgt. Norman T. Hatch was a cinematographer and combat photographer during World War II. He won an Academy Award for his footage of the amphibious assault at the Battle of Tarawa in 1943. U.S. Marine Corps Combat Correspondents Association hide caption

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A U.S. Marine officer with the 1/3 Charlie Company guards an Afghan family in Trikh Nawar on the northeastern outskirts of Marjah in February. Patrick Baz/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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The Hurt Locker has been hailed by critics for its gritty portrayal of Army bomb disposal troops. But veterans say the film — nominated for nine Oscars, including Best Picture — is riddled with inaccuracies. AP/Summit Entertainment hide caption

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Afghan army soldiers patrol Feb. 23 in Trikh Nawar on the northeastern outskirts of Marjah. Several thousand Afghan soldiers and police are participating alongside U.S. Marines in the operation that began in mid-February. Patrick Baz/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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