October 2009 file photo: U.S. Army Specialist Damyon Miller from the 3rd Platoon, Charlie Company, 1st Infantry Regiment, 5th Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division, mans a machine gun mounted at the back of a Stryker vehicle as the large armored convoy patrols near the Afghanistan and Pakistan border. Romeo Gacad /AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Pakistani soldiers carry coffins of their colleagues during a funeral ceremony in Peshawar on Oct. 22, 2010, following a bomb explosion in the Yakh Kandaw area of Orakzai, one of the districts where Taliban militants have fled after punishing offensives elsewhere in the northwest. AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Afghan brothers Barangai (R), 6, and Shaista Khan, 4, pose for a portrait just outside a U.S. Marines combat outpost in Marjah, Helmand province, southern Afghanistan, on April 11, 2010. Maurico Lima/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Richard Holbrooke, who died at 69, began his diplomatic work as a young Foreign Service officer in Vietnam in 1962 and ended it serving as the President's Special Representative to Afghanistan and Pakistan. Haraz N. Ghanbari/AP hide caption

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Afghanistan's Karzai Sees Himself As 'Almost Historic Figure'

In his final term in office, legacy is increasingly important to Karzai, and standing up to the U.S. may be one way of bolstering his image.

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