An Afghan Army soldier takes position on a road leading from Kabul to Jalalabad, Afghanistan, Monday, April 15, 2013. Despite questions about the ability of the Afghan army to successfully take the fight to the insurgency, U.S. and coalition military officials say that the nascent force has made great strides in the past year and has surpassed many of their expectations. (AP Photo/Jawad Jalali)

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An Afghan Army soldier takes position on a road leading from Kabul to Jalalabad, Afghanistan, Monday, April 15, 2013. Despite questions about the ability of the Afghan army to successfully take the fight to the insurgency,  U.S. and coalition military officials say that the nascent force has made great strides in the past year and has surpassed many of their expectations. (AP Photo/Jawad Jalali)
An Afghan Army soldier takes position on a road leading from Kabul to Jalalabad, Afghanistan, Monday, April 15, 2013. Despite questions about the ability of the Afghan army to successfully take the fight to the insurgency, U.S. and coalition military officials say that the nascent force has made great strides in the past year and has surpassed many of their expectations. (AP Photo/Jawad Jalali)
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