Gen. Mohammad Sharif Yaftali, commander of Afghanistan's 203rd Thunder Corps, reacts during a press conference at his headquarters in Gardez, Afghanistan, Tuesday, April 2, 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/Anja Niedringhaus)

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Gen. Mohammad Sharif Yaftali, commander of Afghanistan's 203rd Thunder Corps, reacts during a press conference at his headquarters in Gardez, Afghanistan, Tuesday, April 2, 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/Anja Niedringhaus)
Gen. Mohammad Sharif Yaftali, commander of Afghanistan's 203rd Thunder Corps, reacts during a press conference at his headquarters in Gardez, Afghanistan, Tuesday, April 2, 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/Anja Niedringhaus)
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