An Afghan policeman holds his weapon close during a joint patrol with U.S. soldiers on the outskirts of Kandahar city. David Gilkey/NPR hide caption

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Villagers shout anti-U.S. slogans after a U.S.-led raid in Wardak, Afghanistan, that killed three civilians two weeks ago. A crowd of about 300 villagers yelled "Death to the United States" and blocked a main road in eastern Afghanistan. Rahmatullah Naikzad/AP hide caption

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U.S. Special Envoy to Afghanistan and Pakistan Richard Holbrooke in Islamabad, on Feb. 18, 2010, after a joint operation with Pakistan that captured the Taliban's top commander. Aamir Qureshi/AFP hide caption

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Women walk at an outdoor market in downtown Kabul. The resurgent Taliban and several recent executions in accordance with an extreme interpretation of Shariah law have human-rights activists worried, particularly for women. Rodrigo Abd/AP hide caption

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