In this March 25, 2013, photo, Afghan Maj. Mahboob, who goes by one name, of the Afghan national army’s 2nd Brigade, 201st Corps, leaping to his feet and gesturing across the table for emphasis while arguing with Afghan colleagues about a future operation at the Afghan army’s Sarkani Base, next to Forwarding Operating Base Joyce, in Kunar province, in eastern Afghanistan. U.S. commanders trying to hand off war-fighting responsibility by the end of 2014 are encouraged by the uneven yet steady progress of fledgling Afghan security forces. (AP Photo/Kim Dozier)

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In this March 25, 2013, photo, Afghan Maj. Mahboob, who goes by one name, of the Afghan national army’s 2nd Brigade, 201st Corps, leaping to his feet and gesturing across the table for emphasis while arguing with Afghan colleagues about a future operation at the Afghan army’s Sarkani Base, next to Forwarding Operating Base Joyce, in Kunar province, in eastern Afghanistan. U.S. commanders trying to hand off war-fighting responsibility by the end of 2014 are encouraged by the uneven yet steady progress of fledgling Afghan security forces. (AP Photo/Kim Dozier)
In this March 25, 2013, photo, Afghan Maj. Mahboob, who goes by one name, of the Afghan national army’s 2nd Brigade, 201st Corps, leaping to his feet and gesturing across the table for emphasis while arguing with Afghan colleagues about a future operation at the Afghan army’s Sarkani Base, next to Forwarding Operating Base Joyce, in Kunar province, in eastern Afghanistan. U.S. commanders trying to hand off war-fighting responsibility by the end of 2014 are encouraged by the uneven yet steady progress of fledgling Afghan security forces. (AP Photo/Kim Dozier)
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