Afghan President Hamid Karzai speaking earlier today (May 31, 2011) at the Presidential Palace in Kabul. Shah Marai /AFP/Getty Images hide caption

itoggle caption Shah Marai /AFP/Getty Images

A girl stands in the middle of a poppy field as Marines pass by on patrol. David Gilkey/NPR hide caption

itoggle caption David Gilkey/NPR

Corporal Daniel Wheeler, Bravo Co. 1/5 Marines, walks through a waist high wheat field on a patrol in Sangin District near the Helmand River in southern Afghanistan earlier this month. David Gilkey /NPR hide caption

itoggle caption David Gilkey /NPR