Secretary of State John Kerry using his head Tuesday in Kabul, where he met the captain of that nation's women's soccer team. Jason Reed/Reuters /Landov hide caption

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An Afghan laborer works in a firewood yard at a market in Herat on Dec. 11, 2011. Aref Karimi/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Afghan President Hamid Karzai said in a nationally televised speech on Sunday that the U.S. and the Taliban are holding talks. Ahmad Jamshid/AP hide caption

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Afghanistan National Army soldiers and security personnel walk at the site of a suicide attack next to the Ministry of Defense main gate in Kabul on Saturday. Massoud Hossaini/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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