Afghan youth work on a laptop at the Rawz-e Sharif shrine in northern Mazar-e Sharif city in Balkh province on July 16. Massoud Hossaini/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Kandahar Gov. Tooryalai Wesa, left, puts a turban on former Taliban fighter Malawi Azizullah. Shoaib Safi/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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An Afghan police officer (right) stands near a U.S. soldier in the Panjwai district of Kandahar province, Afghanistan, on Dec. 8. Allauddin Khan/AP hide caption

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Three Afghan men on a motorcycle passed by as U.S. Marines patrolled last month in Afghanistan's Helmand Province. Adek Berry /AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Spc. Joseph Chroniger, who has bone spurs in his neck, hopes acupuncture from Dr. Shashi Kumar at Madigan Army Medical Center will give him relief from pain. Mark Harrison/The Seattle Times hide caption

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A boy holds a placard with pictures of Afghans killed in recent airstrikes during an anti-U.S. protest in Kabul on Sunday. Amid widespread public anger about civilian deaths, a study found that most of the deaths in 2010 were caused by insurgents. Dar Yasin/AP hide caption

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A U.S. soldier records video footage while blowing up an improvised explosive device found by an Afghan villager in Kandahar province on Dec. 29. The military is using new technology — sensors attached to American aircraft — to sniff out roadside bombs. Behrouz Mehri/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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