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Obama will have to weigh merits of sacking the US commander in Afghanistan against potential impact on the war.
Top US commander in Afghanistan asked to quit after less than a year on the job.
General apologises for civilian casualties under pressure from Afghan president.
US commander says difficult year ahead despite Obama's order to deploy 17,000 more troops.
Up to 30,000 extra troops may be deployed by next summer to battle rising violence.
US commander says district leaders must be brought together to end ongoing conflict.
But top general says more troops needed as scores are killed in two battles.

United States troops have arrested three Palestinian diplomats and five others in Baghdad in connection with an attack on a US convoy earlier this week.

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