In this photo released by the U.S. Marines and taken in December 2010, Lance Cpl. Dakota Hicks, from Laharpe, Ill., connects a radio battery to a portable solar panel communication system in Sangin District, in Afghanistan.The U.S. military is trying to wean itself off reliance on fossil fuels by employing solar energy and biofuels, among other measures. Gunnery Sgt. William Price Small/AP hide caption

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U.S. Military Tests Out Green Tech In Afghanistan
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Gen. David Petraeus in Kandahar, Afghanistan, on July 4, 2011. U.S. Navy Lt. j.g. Haraz N. Ghanbari/Getty Images hide caption

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In Kabul, Banking On Luxury Accommodations
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How Iraq, Afghanistan Have Changed The Military
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A man in Istalif last year. Shah Marai /AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Renee Montagne on 'Morning Edition'
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Omar is Abdul Wahkeel's oldest son. He's learning his father's craft to one day carry on the family business. Jim Wildman/NPR hide caption

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Ten Years Of Hanging On As An Afghan Potter
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Marine Thankful To Be Home At Christmas
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USAID Helps To Improve Medical Care In Afghanistan
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Post-9/11 Vets Face Special Employment Challenges
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Panetta Deals With Fallout From NATO Attack
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Staff Sgt. Joshua White (center), Command Sgt. Maj. John Troxell (left) and Brigade Sgt. Maj. Mike Boom (right) observe a joint patrol of U.S. Army and Afghan National Army soldiers and Afghan police in Paktika province, Afghanistan, on Oct. 3. The mountainous border between Afghanistan and Pakistan has become a new front line in the Afghan war. Matt Ford/AP hide caption

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For U.S. Troops, Fighting Starts At Afghan Border
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Relatives comfort an Afghan man outside a Kabul hospital where victims of Tuesday's suicide bombing were taken. A suicide bomber struck a crowd of Shiite worshippers marking a holy day in the Afghan capital. Ahmad Jamshid/AP hide caption

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