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Afghan President Ashraf Ghani and Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif pose with the winning Afghan cricket team following a friendly match between Pakistan and Afghanistan's junior teams, in Islamabad, Pakistan.

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Afghan President Hamid Karzai, center right, talks with Pakistan's Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif while they inspect a guard of honor in Kabul, Afghanistan.

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Afghan President Hamid Karzai shakes hands with Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif during a joint press conference in Kabul, Afghanistan.

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Afghan President Hamid Karzai, left, and Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif attend an agreement signing ceremony in Islamabad, Pakistan. Afghanistan's president urged neighboring Pakistan to facilitate peace talks with the Taliban during a visit to Islamabad, but expectations were low in both countries that much progress would be made in jump starting negotiations.

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Afghans chanting "death to Pakistan" burn a Pakistani flag during a demonstration in Asad Abad, Kunar province, east of Kabul, Afghanistan.

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Afghan Foreign Minister Zalmay Rasoul, left, poses for photographers with his Pakistani counterpart Hina Rabbani Khar prior to their meeting at the Foreign Office in Islamabad, Pakistan. Afghanistan's top diplomat will press Pakistan to free more Taliban detainees to help coax the militant group into peace negotiations to end the 11-year-old war, an official said.

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Afghans march during an anti Pakistan demonstration in Kabul, Afghanistan. Hundreds of Afghans demonstrated against mortar firing from Pakistan site in to Afghan territories.

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Afghan Foreign Minister Zalmai Rassoul shakes hand with his Pakistani counterpart Hina Rabbani Khar before start of the Asia Ministerial Conference at the foreign ministry in Kabul, Afghanistan.

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A man takes nap on one of oil tankers used to transport NATO fuel supplies to neighboring Afghanistan, in Karachi, Pakistan. Pakistan's president announced that he will attend the upcoming NATO summit in Chicago, accepting an invitation that was given after the country indicated it plans to end its six-month blockade of supplies meant for coalition troops in Afghanistan.

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An Afghan refugee boy pours water on on a boy while bathing at a water point in a slum area on the outskirts of Islamabad, Pakistan.

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Pakistan's President Asif Ali Zardari, center, holds the hands of Afghan President Hamid Karzai, left, and Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad after their joint news conference at the President House in Islamabad, Pakistan. The Afghan president says "impediments" in ties between Kabul and Islamabad must soon be removed so that progress can be made in peace talks to end the war in Afghanistan.

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Afghan President Hamid Karzai, left, shakes hands with Pakistan's Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani at prime minister house in Islamabad, Pakistan. Karzai has arrived in Pakistan for talks on how Islamabad can facilitate peace negotiations with the Afghan Taliban.

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Afghan Foreign Minister Zalmai Rasool, right, escorts his Pakistan counterpart Hina Rabbani Khar, center, after her arrival at the foreign ministry in Kabul, Afghanista.

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Visiting U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, left, shakes hand with Pakistan's Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani, prior to their meeting in Islamabad, Pakistan

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President of Afghanistan Hamid Karzai, right, talks with Pakistani counterpart Asif Ali Zardari in Kabul, Afghanistan.

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An Afghan elderly man shouts anti Pakistan slogans during a demonstration in Kabul, Afghanistan. Several hundred people demonstrated against rocket attacks that have killed an estimated 36 civilians along the eastern border with Pakistan in recent weeks. Pakistan's army has said no rounds were intentionally fired but that some may have accidentally fallen in Afghanistan in fighting with militants carrying out cross-border attacks.

AP Photo/ Musadeq Sadeq

An Afghan refugee girl who fled her country due to war and drought, climbs on to an Afghanistan-bound truck at the UNHCR repatriation terminal in Peshawar, Pakistan. Afghan refugee families leave for Afghanistan as part of the on-going volunteer repatriation program, the UN refugee agency said.

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Afghan President Hamid Karzai, left, meets Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari in Islamabad, Pakistan. The Afghan president arrived in Pakistan for a visit that is likely to focus in part on the role Islamabad can play in negotiations with the Taliban to end the war in Afghanistan.

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Afghan President Hamid Karzai poses with Pakistani children upon his arrival at Chaklala airbase in Rawalpindi, Pakistan. Karzai has arrived in Pakistan to likely to focus in part on the the role the country can play in negotiation with the Taliban to end the war in Afghanistan.

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Latifullah Mashal, a spokesman for the Afghan intelligence agency speaks during a press conference in Kabul, Afghanistan. Mashal said that Afghan's intelligence agency had shared intelligence information about Taliban leader Mullah Omar's whereabouts "more than 30 times" with neighboring countries, especially Pakistan. There are reports that Omar has been shot dead in Pakistan, but Taliban sources have denied rumours of his death.

AP Photo/Musadeq Sadeq

Pakistani security officials stand near an Afghanistan bound NATO oil tanker which was set on fire by alleged militants in Landi Kotal near Afghan border in Pakistan.

AP Photo/Qazi Rauf

In this picture taken on March 8, 2011, Pakistan army soldiers patrol in the Pakistani tribal area of Ditta Kheil in North Waziristan where the Pakistan army are fighting against militants and al-Qaida activists along the Afghanistan border. Crumbling unity among militants could provide the Pakistan army an opening to conduct a limited offensive against a particularly vicious Taliban group in a strategic tribal region, according to analysts and a senior military official.

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Pakistani boys stand near Afghanistan-bound NATO oil tanker set on fire by alleged militants at the Pakistani border post of Torkham, along the Afghanistan border.

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Pakistani firefighters try to extinguish NATO tankers set ablaze in an attack by Pakistani militants in a suburb of Peshawar, Pakistan. Militants in Pakistan attacked tankers bringing fuel to NATO and U.S. forces in Afghanistan, killing four people and causing a massive nighttime blaze.

AP Photo/Mohammad Sajjad

Pakistani villagers living in a border town of Chaman along Afghanistan, rush to collect oil spilled from an over turned tanker of Afghanistan-bound tanker.

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Zalmai Rassoul (left) Minister of Foreign Affairs of Afghanistan shakes hands with Pakistan's Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani in Islamabad. Rassoul is in Pakistan's to meet Pakistani officials to discuss bilateral and security issues regarding Taliban and al-Qaida activists.

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RICHARD C. HOLBROOKE, 69, the US’s troubleshooter in Af-Pak and a Democratic fixture since the ’60s. Was chief architect of the 1995 Dayton peace accords which ended the war in Bosnia.

Ammunition is seen across the chest of an Afghan National Army soldier as United States soldiers from Bravo Company, 2nd Battalion of the 508 Parachute Infantry Regiment of the 82nd Airborne, patrol in the village of Pir-e-Paymal in the volatile Arghandab Valley, outside Kandahar City

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Gen. David Petraeus, the new commander of U.S. and NATO forces in Afghanistan, speaks during a ceremony in which he formally assumed the command in Kabul, Afghanistan.

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This July 6, 2009 file photo shows medics attached to the U.S. Marines from the 2nd MEB, 1st Battalion 5th Marines carrying a Marine, who was overcome by heat exhaustion, to a medical evacuation helicopter in the Nawa district of Afghanistan's Helmand province. The American military death toll in Afghanistan surpassed 1,000 when NATO reported that a service member was killed on May 28, 2010 in a roadside bombing in southern Afghanistan.

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In this Feb. 14, 2010 file photo, a U.S. soldier returns fire as others run for cover during a firefight with insurgents in the Badula Qulp area, west of Lashkar Gah in Helmand province, southern Afghanistan. The American military death toll in Afghanistan surpassed 1,000 when NATO reported that a service member was killed on May 28, 2010 in a roadside bombing in southern Afghanistan.

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U.S. Army soldiers leave their base after a handover ceremony northeast of Baghdad, Iraq. The next step in the security agreement is the withdrawal of the first major wave of US troops and this would reduce the force level from 92,000 to 50,000 troops by Aug. 31, 2010.

AP Photo/Karim Kadim

U.S. soldiers secure an area after finding a vehicle filled with explosives near Jalalabad air base in Jalalabad, Afghanistan

AP Photo/Rahmat Gul

Pakistani officials and others stand near a burning NATO vehicle, allegedly attacked by militants, at Chaman, a Pakistani town along the Afghanistan border.

AP Photo/Shah Khalid

Foreign Secretary Nirupama Rao speaking at a reception held in Indian Consulate in New York. Underlining the importance of stability in Afghanistan for regional security, Foreign Secretary Nirupama Rao today said Washington "fully recognises" India's role in the war-torn country and reiterated that New Delhi will not be "scaling down" following the recent attacks targeting Indians.

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Pakistani security officials walk past an oil tanker, carrying fuel supplies for NATO forces in neighbouring Afghanistan, after it was allegedly attacked by militants in Peshawar.

AP Photo/Mohammad Sajjad

Afghan refugees seen in an alley of a poor neighbourhood in Rawalpindi.

AP Photo/Muhammed Muheisen