|Afghan officials and their American backers made a small step this week toward securing the big-name Western foreign investment they have long sought for Afghanistan: Exxon Mobil is weighing a bid on a modest oil concession in the country's north. The move could help muffle criticism in Washington, especially among Republicans, that China is reaping the gains of a war fought and paid for largely by the United States.
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