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Published April 27, 2013, 12:00 AM

Bryan Laske, Hayatullah

In this photo taken March 22, 2013, U.S. Army security adviser Lt. Col Bryan Laske of the U.S. Army’s No Slack Battalion 2/327, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, and Afghan Army Col. Hayatullah, commander of the 2nd Brigade, 201st Corps, right, meet at the Afghan Army’s Sarkani Base in the Kunar province of 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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