Soldiers from Chaos Company, 101st Airborne Division, destroy a building in Kandahar. Troops from Headquarters Company recently entered the abandoned Kandahar village of Haji Abdu Rauf to destroy anything useful so the Taliban don't use it as a safe haven. Massoud Hossaini/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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President Obama and Gen. Stanley McChrystal in the Oval Office on May 19, 2009. McChrystal's firing this summer following his comments in a magazine interview prompted soul-searching within the military. Pete Souza/The White House/Getty Images hide caption

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Emma and Christopher Winfield at their home in Cape Coral, Fla., on Sept. 3. Their son, U.S. Army Spc. Adam Winfield, is accused of murdering civilians during his deployment to Afghanistan, a charge he and his family firmly refute. Erik Kellar/AP hide caption

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A U.S. F-15 fighter jet takes off in Saudi Arabia during the 1990-91 Operation Desert Shield. Scott Applewhite/AP hide caption

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Tooryalai Wesa, the provincial governor of Kandahar, says that international organizations are attracting Afghans with better salaries, which creates another problem for recruiting civil servants. David Gilkey/NPR hide caption

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