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Afghanistan US Russia Copter Deal-12

This photo taken Dec. 5, 2013 shows Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas in Dallas. To outfit Afghanistan's security forces with new helicopters, the Pentagon bypassed U.S. companies and turned instead to Moscow for dozens of Russian Mi-17 rotorcraft at a cost of more than $1 billion. Senior Pentagon officials assured skeptical members of Congress they'd made the right call, pointing repeatedly to a top-secret 2010 study they said named the Mi-17 as the superior choice. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)