U.S. General: Afghan Forces Will Have To Step Up

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Darryl St. George, a Navy corpsman with Weapons Company of the 2nd Battalion, 8th Marines out of Camp Lejeune, N.C., reads a book as the sun rises over a temporary base nicknamed "Patrol Base Suc" in Helmand province, southern Afghanistan. David Gilkey/NPR hide caption

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A Teacher Leaves The Classroom For Afghanistan

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A Marine walks along a mud wall while conducting a search and clearing operation in Afghanistan's Helmand province, as the dust from a wheat thrashing machine falls like snow. David Gilkey/NPR hide caption

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Marine: 'We're Starting To Fall To The Wayside'

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Marine Lance Cpl. Andrew Zemore, 23, from Fredericksburg, Va., is a self-described troublemaker who liked to party too much. Zemore said he fell into the Marine Corps and now is on a Explosives Ordinance Disposal team, searching out bombs with a hand-held metal detector. David Gilkey/NPR hide caption

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For Some, The Decision To Enlist Offers Direction

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Afghan National Army troops take a break while on a joint patrol and clearing operation with Butcher Troop, part of the U.S. Army's 1st Infantry Division, in eastern Afghanistan. David Gilkey/NPR/Redux hide caption

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Fighting Shifts To Afghanistan's Mountainous East

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Will U.S. Troop Drawdown Hurt Afghan Mission?

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Isutalah of the Interim Security for Critical Infrastructure force on foot patrol in northern Marjah with Marines of Golf Company, 2nd Battalion, 8th Regiment. David Gilkey/NPR hide caption

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Marines Team Up With Afghan 'Neighborhood Watch'

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Sgt. Joseph Garrison with Fox Company, 2nd Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment, runs through the desert near Camp Leatherneck during a drill in June 2009. Garrison was killed while on his fourth combat deployment to Afghanistan in June 2011, when he was struck by a homemade bomb in Marjah. David Gilkey/NPR hide caption

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'Hell Of A Leader': Marines Remember Sgt. Garrison

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Afghan Forces In Spotlight As U.S. Debates Role

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Blackwater security contractors are seen in a helicopter in Baghdad in 2007. The company changed its name to Xe in 2009, amid controversy surrounding the killing of 17 Iraqi civilians in 2007. Khalid Mohammed/AP hide caption

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As U.S. Military Exits Iraq, Contractors To Enter

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A Pakistani shepherd in Abbottabad walks past the hideout of al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden, who was killed in a U.S.-led ground operation early Monday. Aamir Qureshi/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Bin Laden Mission Called For Navy's Elite SEAL Team

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U.S. Forces Kill Osama Bin Laden In Pakistan

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How Allen's Time In Iraq May Serve Him In Afghanistan

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Obama To Announce New National Security Team

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