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A special tribunal set up by Afghan President Hamid Karzai has urged the president to delay the opening of Afghanistan's parliament, four months after the country's disputed elections. Majid Saeedi/Getty Images hide caption

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An Afghan boy pushes a wheelbarrow past oil tankers parked up near the Afghan-Iran border at Islam Qala on the outskirts of Herat, west of Kabul, Jan. 4. Reza Shirmohammadi/AP hide caption

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Lance Cpl. Josh Apsey (second from left) takes a minute for one last photo with his wife, Carolyn (second from right), and parents, Vicki and Tom, before heading back to Afghanistan. Courtesy of the family hide caption

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U.S. Army Capt. Aaron T. Schwengler (second left) and other U.S. soldiers of the 3rd Battalion, 187 Infantry, B Company talk with Afghan villagers during a patrol in Bangi village, Andar district in Ghazni province, Jan. 6. Shah Marai/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Holly Petraeus with her husband, Gen. David Petraeus, at the 2009 Super Bowl. David J. Phillip/AP hide caption

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Soldiers left Fort Campbell, Ky., for Afghanistan last February. Now, the base is getting ready to welcome 17,000 soldiers home. Four combat brigades and an aviation unit will leave Afghanistan after the deadliest year of fighting so far. Josh Anderson/AP hide caption

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