U.S. Marine Corps Gen. James Amos testifies on Capitol Hill in September. Amos, now the Marine Corps' top officer, told Congress earlier this month that "don't ask, don't tell" should remain the law of the land. Alex Brandon/AP hide caption

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An Afghan policeman receives weapons training from U.S. soldiers on the outskirts of Afghanistan's Kandahar City last month. Rodrigo Abd/AP hide caption

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Col. Muhammed Rasoud Qandahari, one of the top Afghan army officers in the Kandahar region, speaks with a young man outside a shura, or community meeting, in Panjwaii, west of Kandahar. U.S. troops are hoping to clear the area of Taliban and let Afghan troops take over. Greg Dixon/NPR hide caption

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