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U.S. service members walk off a helicopter on the runway at Camp Bost in Helmand Province, Afghanistan on September 11, 2017. Andrew Renneisen/Getty Images hide caption

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Pentagon Questioned Over Blackout On War Zone Troop Numbers

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Lt. Gen. Austin S. "Scott" Miller, shown here in 2015, a 57-year-old West Point graduate, has spent much of his career with Special Operators, working in the shadows on battlefields that include Bosnia, Iraq and Afghanistan. He most recently was commander of the Joint Special Operations Command, which includes Delta Force and SEAL Team 6. Sgt. 1st Class Michael Noggle/U.S. Army hide caption

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Scholars from Afghanistan, Pakistan and Indonesia attended a conference on Friday to discuss stability in Afghanistan. Indonesian President Joko Widodo (center) shakes hands with Qibla Ayaz, chairman of Pakistan's Council of Islamic Ideology. Dita Alangkara/AP hide caption

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People walk past the World Bank's headquarters in Washington, D.C. A watchdog says that the World Bank is not adequately monitoring how funds intended for Afghanistan reconstruction are being used. Brendan Smialowski /AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Barkatullah smiles and rests on a crutch and grips his walker during a physical therapy session at Emergency War and Trauma Hospital in Kabul. The 13-year-old lost his right arm and leg in an explosion. He practices standing on the walker 30 seconds at a time. Ivan Armando Flores for NPR hide caption

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