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Government map shows dire Afghan security picture

<p>Almost half of Afghanistan is at a high risk of attack by the Taliban and other insurgents or is under "enemy control," a secret Afghan government map shows, painting a dire security picture before presidential elections. REUTERS/Graphic</p>

Almost half of Afghanistan is at a high risk of attack by the Taliban and other insurgents or is under "enemy control," a secret Afghan government map shows, painting a dire security picture before presidential elections. REUTERS/Graphic

Almost half of Afghanistan is at a high risk of attack by the Taliban and other insurgents or is under "enemy control," a secret Afghan government map shows, painting a dire security picture before presidential elections. REUTERS/Graphic

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<p>A U.S. Army soldier from Gator Company, 2-12 Infantry, 4th Brigade scans militant positions following an attack on a transport convoy in the Pesh Valley in Afghanistan's Kunar Province August 4, 2009. REUTERS/Tim Wimborne</p>

A U.S. Army soldier from Gator Company, 2-12 Infantry, 4th Brigade scans militant positions following an attack on a transport convoy in the Pesh Valley in Afghanistan's Kunar Province August 4, 2009. REUTERS/Tim Wimborne

A U.S. Army soldier from Gator Company, 2-12 Infantry, 4th Brigade scans militant positions following an attack on a transport convoy in the Pesh Valley in Afghanistan's Kunar Province August 4, 2009. REUTERS/Tim Wimborne

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<p>A crowd watches an Afghan National Army Air Corps helicopter carrying President Hamid Karzai during an election rally in Gardez, capital of Paktia province, south of Kabul August 4, 2009. The Afghan presidential election will take place on August 20. REUTERS/Ahmad Masood</p>

A crowd watches an Afghan National Army Air Corps helicopter carrying President Hamid Karzai during an election rally in Gardez, capital of Paktia province, south of Kabul August 4, 2009. The Afghan presidential election will take place on August 20....more

A crowd watches an Afghan National Army Air Corps helicopter carrying President Hamid Karzai during an election rally in Gardez, capital of Paktia province, south of Kabul August 4, 2009. The Afghan presidential election will take place on August 20. REUTERS/Ahmad Masood

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<p>U.S. Army soldiers from Gator Company, 2-12 Infantry, 4th Brigade run for cover from small arms fire following an attack on a transport convoy in the Pesh Valley in Afghanistan's Kunar Province August 4, 2009. REUTERS/Tim Wimborne</p>

U.S. Army soldiers from Gator Company, 2-12 Infantry, 4th Brigade run for cover from small arms fire following an attack on a transport convoy in the Pesh Valley in Afghanistan's Kunar Province August 4, 2009. REUTERS/Tim Wimborne

U.S. Army soldiers from Gator Company, 2-12 Infantry, 4th Brigade run for cover from small arms fire following an attack on a transport convoy in the Pesh Valley in Afghanistan's Kunar Province August 4, 2009. REUTERS/Tim Wimborne

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<p>U.S. soldiers from Dagger Company, 2-12 Infantry, 4th Brigade patrol the narrow streets of Kandigal in the Pesh Valley in Afghanistan's Kunar Province August 4, 2009. REUTERS/Tim Wimborne</p>

U.S. soldiers from Dagger Company, 2-12 Infantry, 4th Brigade patrol the narrow streets of Kandigal in the Pesh Valley in Afghanistan's Kunar Province August 4, 2009. REUTERS/Tim Wimborne

U.S. soldiers from Dagger Company, 2-12 Infantry, 4th Brigade patrol the narrow streets of Kandigal in the Pesh Valley in Afghanistan's Kunar Province August 4, 2009. REUTERS/Tim Wimborne

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