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CONTRACTORS 30,000

FOREIGN TROOPS 150,000

AFGHAN SECURITY FORCES 249,000

SOURCES: WALL STREET JOURNAL; REUTERS; COUNCIL ON FOREIGN RELATIONS

* What They're Tweeting in North Korea:

Seems as if everyone's on Twitter these days, even isolated dictatorships. The Hermit Kingdom has taken to social media, apparently launching a Twitter account under the name uriminzok ("our nation"). Its tweets tend to be aimed at South Korea and the U.S. Of course, most North Koreans cannot access Twitter--or the various clips Pyongyang has begun to post on YouTube--because of censorship.

prostitute of the U.S.

--North Korea, commenting on its neighbor to the south

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