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Obama, Karzai accelerate end of U.S. combat role in Afghanistan

U.S. President Barack Obama (L) and Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai shake hands at the conclusion of a news conference at the White House in Washington January 11, 2013. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

U.S. President Barack Obama (L) and Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai shake hands at the conclusion of a news conference at the White House in Washington January 11, 2013. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

U.S. President Barack Obama (L) and Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai shake hands at the conclusion of a news conference at the White House in Washington January 11, 2013. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque
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U.S. President Barack Obama (R) addresses a joint news conference with Afghan President Hamid Karzai in the East Room of the White House in Washington, January 11, 2013. REUTERS/Larry Downing (UNITED STATES - Tags: POLITICS)

U.S. President Barack Obama (R) addresses a joint news conference with Afghan President Hamid Karzai in the East Room of the White House in Washington, January 11, 2013. REUTERS/Larry Downing (UNITED STATES - Tags: POLITICS)

U.S. President Barack Obama (R) addresses a joint news conference with Afghan President Hamid Karzai in the East Room of the White House in Washington, January 11, 2013. REUTERS/Larry Downing (UNITED STATES - Tags: POLITICS)
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U.S.President Barack Obama addresses a joint news conference with Afghan President Hamid Karzai in the East Room of the White House in Washington, January 11, 2013. REUTERS/Larry Downing (UNITED STATES - Tags: POLITICS HEADSHOT)

U.S.President Barack Obama addresses a joint news conference with Afghan President Hamid Karzai in the East Room of the White House in Washington, January 11, 2013. REUTERS/Larry Downing (UNITED STATES - Tags: POLITICS HEADSHOT)

U.S.President Barack Obama addresses a joint news conference with Afghan President Hamid Karzai in the East Room of the White House in Washington, January 11, 2013. REUTERS/Larry Downing (UNITED STATES - Tags: POLITICS HEADSHOT)
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Afghan President Hamid Karzai addresses a joint news conference with U.S. President Barack Obama in the East Room of the White House in Washington, January 11, 2013. REUTERS/Larry Downing (UNITED STATES - Tags: POLITICS HEADSHOT)

Afghan President Hamid Karzai addresses a joint news conference with U.S. President Barack Obama in the East Room of the White House in Washington, January 11, 2013. REUTERS/Larry Downing (UNITED STATES - Tags: POLITICS HEADSHOT)

Afghan President Hamid Karzai addresses a joint news conference with U.S. President Barack Obama in the East Room of the White House in Washington, January 11, 2013. REUTERS/Larry Downing (UNITED STATES - Tags: POLITICS HEADSHOT)
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U.S. President Barack Obama (R) and Afghan President Hamid Karzai arrive for a joint news conference in the East Room of the White House in Washington, January 11, 2013. REUTERS/Jason Reed

U.S. President Barack Obama (R) and Afghan President Hamid Karzai arrive for a joint news conference in the East Room of the White House in Washington, January 11, 2013. REUTERS/Jason Reed

U.S. President Barack Obama (R) and Afghan President Hamid Karzai arrive for a joint news conference in the East Room of the White House in Washington, January 11, 2013. REUTERS/Jason Reed
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U.S. President Barack Obama (R) welcomes Afghan President Hamid Karzai prior to a joint news conference in the East Room of the White House in Washington, January 11, 2013. REUTERS/Larry Downing (UNITED STATES - Tags: POLITICS)

U.S. President Barack Obama (R) welcomes Afghan President Hamid Karzai prior to a joint news conference in the East Room of the White House in Washington, January 11, 2013. REUTERS/Larry Downing (UNITED STATES - Tags: POLITICS)

U.S. President Barack Obama (R) welcomes Afghan President Hamid Karzai prior to a joint news conference in the East Room of the White House in Washington, January 11, 2013. REUTERS/Larry Downing (UNITED STATES - Tags: POLITICS)
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U.S. President Barack Obama (R) and Afghan President Hamid Karzai arrive for a joint news conference in the East Room of the White House in Washington, January 11, 2013. REUTERS/Larry Downing (UNITED STATES - Tags: POLITICS)

U.S. President Barack Obama (R) and Afghan President Hamid Karzai arrive for a joint news conference in the East Room of the White House in Washington, January 11, 2013. REUTERS/Larry Downing (UNITED STATES - Tags: POLITICS)

U.S. President Barack Obama (R) and Afghan President Hamid Karzai arrive for a joint news conference in the East Room of the White House in Washington, January 11, 2013. REUTERS/Larry Downing (UNITED STATES - Tags: POLITICS)
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U.S. President Barack Obama (L) and Afghan President Hamid Karzai arrive for a joint news conference in the East Room of the White House in Washington, January 11, 2013. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque (UNITED STATES - Tags: POLITICS)

U.S. President Barack Obama (L) and Afghan President Hamid Karzai arrive for a joint news conference in the East Room of the White House in Washington, January 11, 2013. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque (UNITED STATES - Tags: POLITICS)

U.S. President Barack Obama (L) and Afghan President Hamid Karzai arrive for a joint news conference in the East Room of the White House in Washington, January 11, 2013. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque (UNITED STATES - Tags: POLITICS)
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