Afghanistan's Election Commission Chairman Fazel Ahmad Manawi, shown during a news conference earlier this year, told reporters this week that the election had "shortcomings," but called it "a great success for the people of Afghanistan." Musadeq Sadeq/AP hide caption

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Russian President Dmitry Medvedev (right) meets his Afghan counterpart Hamid Karzai on Aug. 18 during a summit near Russia's Black Sea resort of Sochi. Medvedev hosted the leaders of Afghanistan, Pakistan and Tajikistan for talks on joint efforts to stabilize the region. Dmitry Astakhov/AP hide caption

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Target (right) and Rufus became heroes when they kept a suicide bomber from taking lives in Afghanistan. A third dog, Sasha, was killed in that attack. Johnny Crawford/Atlanta Journal & Constitution/AP hide caption

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U.S. Army paratroopers patrol a busy market street in downtown Herat in northwest Afghanistan in June. In the past year, insurgent attacks and crime have spiked in this part of the country, which previously had been relatively calm. It's believed that U.S.-led operations in neighboring provinces are driving insurgents north, to Herat. Chris Hondros/Getty Images AsiaPac hide caption

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