This photo taken Oct. 10, 2012 shows Army Brig. Gen. John Charlton, left, riding in a Blackhawk helicopter in eastern Afghanistan. A new chapter of the Afghanistan war is opening with a slimmed-down Western force doing more advising than fighting, a resilient Taliban showing little interest in peace talks, and Americans tempted to pull the plug on a conflict now in its 12th year. A decisive end seems nowhere in sight. (AP Photo/Robert Burns)

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This photo taken Oct. 10, 2012 shows Army Brig. Gen. John Charlton, left, riding in a Blackhawk helicopter in eastern Afghanistan. A new chapter of the Afghanistan war is opening with a slimmed-down Western force doing more advising than fighting, a resilient Taliban showing little interest in peace talks, and Americans tempted to pull the plug on a conflict now in its 12th year. A decisive end seems nowhere in sight. (AP Photo/Robert Burns)
This photo taken Oct. 10, 2012 shows Army Brig. Gen. John Charlton, left, riding in a Blackhawk helicopter in eastern Afghanistan. A new chapter of the Afghanistan war is opening with a slimmed-down Western force doing more advising than fighting, a resilient Taliban showing little interest in peace talks, and Americans tempted to pull the plug on a conflict now in its 12th year. A decisive end seems nowhere in sight. (AP Photo/Robert Burns)
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