Private security contractors guard a part of a route as NATO supply trucks drive past in the province of Ghazni, southwest of Kabul. Intense negotiations continued between Afghan President Hamid Karzai and the international community over the Afghan government's deadline for ridding the nation of private security guards. Rahmatullah Naikzad/AP hide caption

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A U.S. contractor looks away from a dust cloud whipped up by a helicopter departing over the gatepost at Combat Outpost Terra Nova in Kandahar, Afghanistan. A recent government report states that billions of dollars are being spent on reconstruction in Afghanistan, but the money is not being tracked. Rodrigo Abd/AP hide caption

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U.S. Spending In Afghanistan Often Unaccounted For

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Soldiers From The 101st Remember One Of Their Own

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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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Earning Afghans' Trust The 'Big Challenge' For U.S.

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A grab taken from an AFP video shows a photo of Al-Qaeda leader Osama Bin Laden and a blurred picture of what appears to be policemen pulling off a woman's veil to reveal her hair, in a new audio message for Bin Laden that was produced by Al-Qaeda's media arm As-Sahab and aired on October 27, 2010.  -/DSK/Getty hide caption

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Guantanamo's Youngest Detainee Pleads Guilty

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Youngest Detainee At Guantanamo Pleads Guilty

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Karzai Says His Office Gets Cash From Iran

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Afghan Fighting Season May Be Over Until Spring

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'Nightmare's Prayer': A Jet Fighter's Missions

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Afghanistan Juggles Fraud, War And Maybe Peace

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