An Afghan policeman stands in front of a banner Monday advertising this week's gathering of Afghan tribal leaders in Kabul. The 1,600 delegates at the much-delayed and much-touted gathering will debate strategies for convincing the Taliban and other insurgents to lay down their arms. Shah Marai/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Afghan farmer Raifudin Kushkaki shows the spot in his home where he says his 16-year-old son bled to death during a May 14 U.S.-Afghan military raid near Jalalabad, in eastern Afghanistan. Kushkaki says the raid killed nine innocent civilians. U.S. officials say the raid targeted and killed a Taliban operative. Quil Lawrence/NPR hide caption

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Ahmed Wali Karzai (center, on phone), pictured here last November when his brother Hamid was re-elected president of Afghanistan, is a powerful leader in Kandahar. Chairman of Kandahar's provincial council, he is allied with the U.S. but tainted by accusations of corruption. Banaras Khan/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Gen. Stanley McChrystal (left), commander of NATO forces in Afghanistan, speaks with Central Intelligence Agency Director Leon Panetta during a meeting between U.S. and Afghan delegations at the State Department in Washington, D.C., earlier this month. Scott Applewhite/AP hide caption

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