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In defense of Afghanistan: Images of the country's collapsed military

A member of the Afghan Special Forces drives a humvee during a combat mission against Taliban in Kandahar province, Afghanistan, July 11, 2021.  REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui

A member of the Afghan Special Forces drives a humvee during a combat mission against Taliban in Kandahar province, Afghanistan, July 11, 2021. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui

A member of the Afghan Special Forces drives a humvee during a combat mission against Taliban in Kandahar province, Afghanistan, July 11, 2021. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui
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Humvees that belong to Afghan Special Forces are seen destroyed during heavy clashes with Taliban during the rescue mission of a police officer besieged at a check post, in Kandahar province, Afghanistan, July 13, 2021. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui

Humvees that belong to Afghan Special Forces are seen destroyed during heavy clashes with Taliban during the rescue mission of a police officer besieged at a check post, in Kandahar province, Afghanistan, July 13, 2021. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui

Humvees that belong to Afghan Special Forces are seen destroyed during heavy clashes with Taliban during the rescue mission of a police officer besieged at a check post, in Kandahar province, Afghanistan, July 13, 2021. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui
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An Afghan National Army soldier keeps watch from a check post at Mahipar, on Jalalabad-Kabul highway in Afghanistan July 8, 2021. REUTERS/Mohammad Ismail

An Afghan National Army soldier keeps watch from a check post at Mahipar, on Jalalabad-Kabul highway in Afghanistan July 8, 2021. REUTERS/Mohammad Ismail

An Afghan National Army soldier keeps watch from a check post at Mahipar, on Jalalabad-Kabul highway in Afghanistan July 8, 2021. REUTERS/Mohammad Ismail
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An Afghan National Army soldier stands guard at the gate of Bagram U.S. airbase, on the day the last of American troops vacated it, Parwan province, Afghanistan July 2, 2021. REUTERS/Mohammad Ismail

An Afghan National Army soldier stands guard at the gate of Bagram U.S. airbase, on the day the last of American troops vacated it, Parwan province, Afghanistan July 2, 2021. REUTERS/Mohammad Ismail

An Afghan National Army soldier stands guard at the gate of Bagram U.S. airbase, on the day the last of American troops vacated it, Parwan province, Afghanistan July 2, 2021. REUTERS/Mohammad Ismail
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Members of the Afghan Special Forces tend to an Afghan National Army soldier injured during a firefight with Taliban, who tried to attack a district centre on Sunday, in Kandahar province, Afghanistan, July 12, 2021. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui

Members of the Afghan Special Forces tend to an Afghan National Army soldier injured during a firefight with Taliban, who tried to attack a district centre on Sunday, in Kandahar province, Afghanistan, July 12, 2021. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui

Members of the Afghan Special Forces tend to an Afghan National Army soldier injured during a firefight with Taliban, who tried to attack a district centre on Sunday, in Kandahar province, Afghanistan, July 12, 2021. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui
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An Afghan National Army (ANA) soldier is seen through damaged glass as he keeps watch at the Forward Base in Nari district near the army outpost in Kunar province, February 24, 2014. REUTERS/Omar Sobhani

An Afghan National Army (ANA) soldier is seen through damaged glass as he keeps watch at the Forward Base in Nari district near the army outpost in Kunar province, February 24, 2014. REUTERS/Omar Sobhani

An Afghan National Army (ANA) soldier is seen through damaged glass as he keeps watch at the Forward Base in Nari district near the army outpost in Kunar province, February 24, 2014. REUTERS/Omar Sobhani
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Mehrullah Safi, 28, a disabled Afghan National Army (ANA) soldier, sits with his children at their house in Jalalabad province, Afghanistan. August 2, 2017.  REUTERS/Parwiz

Mehrullah Safi, 28, a disabled Afghan National Army (ANA) soldier, sits with his children at their house in Jalalabad province, Afghanistan. August 2, 2017. REUTERS/Parwiz

Mehrullah Safi, 28, a disabled Afghan National Army (ANA) soldier, sits with his children at their house in Jalalabad province, Afghanistan. August 2, 2017. REUTERS/Parwiz
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An Afghan National Army soldier, with a freshly picked rose attached to his weapon, returns from a mission to hunt for weapons caches in the Taliban stronghold of Panjwaii town, Kandahar province, southern Afghanistan, November 12, 2007. REUTERS/Finbarr O'Reilly

An Afghan National Army soldier, with a freshly picked rose attached to his weapon, returns from a mission to hunt for weapons caches in the Taliban stronghold of Panjwaii town, Kandahar province, southern Afghanistan, November 12, 2007....more

An Afghan National Army soldier, with a freshly picked rose attached to his weapon, returns from a mission to hunt for weapons caches in the Taliban stronghold of Panjwaii town, Kandahar province, southern Afghanistan, November 12, 2007. REUTERS/Finbarr O'Reilly
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A member of the Afghan National Police prays at sunset before the detonation of confiscated improvised explosive devices (IEDs) near Combat Outpost Hutal in Maiwand District, Kandahar Province, Afghanistan, January 21, 2013. REUTERS/Andrew Burton

A member of the Afghan National Police prays at sunset before the detonation of confiscated improvised explosive devices (IEDs) near Combat Outpost Hutal in Maiwand District, Kandahar Province, Afghanistan, January 21, 2013. REUTERS/Andrew Burton

A member of the Afghan National Police prays at sunset before the detonation of confiscated improvised explosive devices (IEDs) near Combat Outpost Hutal in Maiwand District, Kandahar Province, Afghanistan, January 21, 2013. REUTERS/Andrew Burton
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A member of Afghanistan's Special Forces unit jumps from a wall during a patrol in Pandola village near the site of a U.S. bombing in the Achin district of Nangarhar, eastern Afghanistan, April 14, 2017. REUTERS/Parwiz

A member of Afghanistan's Special Forces unit jumps from a wall during a patrol in Pandola village near the site of a U.S. bombing in the Achin district of Nangarhar, eastern Afghanistan, April 14, 2017. REUTERS/Parwiz

A member of Afghanistan's Special Forces unit jumps from a wall during a patrol in Pandola village near the site of a U.S. bombing in the Achin district of Nangarhar, eastern Afghanistan, April 14, 2017. REUTERS/Parwiz
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An Afghan national army soldier fires a rocket-propelled grenade during a firefight between Taliban fighters and Afghan and U.S. soldiers from Alpha company, 2nd battalion, 27th Infantry Regiment from Combat Outpost Pirtle King in Kunar province, Afghanistan, July 18, 2011. REUTERS/Baz Ratner

An Afghan national army soldier fires a rocket-propelled grenade during a firefight between Taliban fighters and Afghan and U.S. soldiers from Alpha company, 2nd battalion, 27th Infantry Regiment from Combat Outpost Pirtle King in Kunar province,...more

An Afghan national army soldier fires a rocket-propelled grenade during a firefight between Taliban fighters and Afghan and U.S. soldiers from Alpha company, 2nd battalion, 27th Infantry Regiment from Combat Outpost Pirtle King in Kunar province, Afghanistan, July 18, 2011. REUTERS/Baz Ratner
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An Afghan National Army (ANA) convoy is seen at Nahr-e- Kanjak village at the Adraskan district of Herat Province April 3, 2014.   REUTERS/Omar Sobhani

An Afghan National Army (ANA) convoy is seen at Nahr-e- Kanjak village at the Adraskan district of Herat Province April 3, 2014.  REUTERS/Omar Sobhani

An Afghan National Army (ANA) convoy is seen at Nahr-e- Kanjak village at the Adraskan district of Herat Province April 3, 2014.  REUTERS/Omar Sobhani
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Afghan police special forces take part in a military exercise in Logar province, Afghanistan November 30, 2017. REUTERS/Omar Sobhani

Afghan police special forces take part in a military exercise in Logar province, Afghanistan November 30, 2017. REUTERS/Omar Sobhani

Afghan police special forces take part in a military exercise in Logar province, Afghanistan November 30, 2017. REUTERS/Omar Sobhani
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Members of Afghan Special Forces travelling in a humvee destroyed during heavy clashes with Taliban take cover during the rescue mission of a policeman besieged at a check post, in Kandahar province, Afghanistan, July 13, 2021. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui

Members of Afghan Special Forces travelling in a humvee destroyed during heavy clashes with Taliban take cover during the rescue mission of a policeman besieged at a check post, in Kandahar province, Afghanistan, July 13, 2021. REUTERS/Danish...more

Members of Afghan Special Forces travelling in a humvee destroyed during heavy clashes with Taliban take cover during the rescue mission of a policeman besieged at a check post, in Kandahar province, Afghanistan, July 13, 2021. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui
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A member of the Afghan Special Forces keeps a watch as others search a house during a combat mission against Taliban, in Kandahar province, Afghanistan, July 12, 2021. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui

A member of the Afghan Special Forces keeps a watch as others search a house during a combat mission against Taliban, in Kandahar province, Afghanistan, July 12, 2021. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui

A member of the Afghan Special Forces keeps a watch as others search a house during a combat mission against Taliban, in Kandahar province, Afghanistan, July 12, 2021. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui
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An Afghan National Army (ANA) soldier inspects passengers at a checkpoint in Khogyani district of Nangarhar province, Afghanistan February 23, 2020. REUTERS/Parwiz

An Afghan National Army (ANA) soldier inspects passengers at a checkpoint in Khogyani district of Nangarhar province, Afghanistan February 23, 2020. REUTERS/Parwiz

An Afghan National Army (ANA) soldier inspects passengers at a checkpoint in Khogyani district of Nangarhar province, Afghanistan February 23, 2020. REUTERS/Parwiz
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Afghan Special Forces inspect inside a cave which was used by suspected Islamic State militants at the site where a MOAB, or ''mother of all bombs'', struck the Achin district of the eastern province of Nangarhar, Afghanistan April 23, 2017. REUTERS/Parwiz

Afghan Special Forces inspect inside a cave which was used by suspected Islamic State militants at the site where a MOAB, or ''mother of all bombs'', struck the Achin district of the eastern province of Nangarhar, Afghanistan April 23, 2017....more

Afghan Special Forces inspect inside a cave which was used by suspected Islamic State militants at the site where a MOAB, or ''mother of all bombs'', struck the Achin district of the eastern province of Nangarhar, Afghanistan April 23, 2017. REUTERS/Parwiz
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A relative kisses the coffin of an Afghan soldier, who was killed during gun fighting between Afghan border forces and Pakistani forces in Torkham, during his funeral in Nangarhar province, Afghanistan June 14, 2016. REUTERS/Parwiz

A relative kisses the coffin of an Afghan soldier, who was killed during gun fighting between Afghan border forces and Pakistani forces in Torkham, during his funeral in Nangarhar province, Afghanistan June 14, 2016. REUTERS/Parwiz

A relative kisses the coffin of an Afghan soldier, who was killed during gun fighting between Afghan border forces and Pakistani forces in Torkham, during his funeral in Nangarhar province, Afghanistan June 14, 2016. REUTERS/Parwiz
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Fatima Rezai, 21, a female officer from the Afghan National Army (ANA) practices with a punching bag during an exercise session at the Kabul Military Training Centre (KMTC) in Kabul, Afghanistan October 23, 2016. REUTERS/Mohammad Ismail

Fatima Rezai, 21, a female officer from the Afghan National Army (ANA) practices with a punching bag during an exercise session at the Kabul Military Training Centre (KMTC) in Kabul, Afghanistan October 23, 2016. REUTERS/Mohammad Ismail

Fatima Rezai, 21, a female officer from the Afghan National Army (ANA) practices with a punching bag during an exercise session at the Kabul Military Training Centre (KMTC) in Kabul, Afghanistan October 23, 2016. REUTERS/Mohammad Ismail
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An Afghan National Army soldier inspects a passenger at a checkpoint on the Ghazni - Kabul highway, Afghanistan August 14, 2018. REUTERS/Mohammad Ismail

An Afghan National Army soldier inspects a passenger at a checkpoint on the Ghazni - Kabul highway, Afghanistan August 14, 2018. REUTERS/Mohammad Ismail

An Afghan National Army soldier inspects a passenger at a checkpoint on the Ghazni - Kabul highway, Afghanistan August 14, 2018. REUTERS/Mohammad Ismail
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A U.S. Marine watches Afghan National Army soldiers during a training in Helmand province, Afghanistan, July 5, 2017.REUTERS/Omar Sobhani

A U.S. Marine watches Afghan National Army soldiers during a training in Helmand province, Afghanistan, July 5, 2017.REUTERS/Omar Sobhani

A U.S. Marine watches Afghan National Army soldiers during a training in Helmand province, Afghanistan, July 5, 2017.REUTERS/Omar Sobhani
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Female soldiers Mohazama Najebi, 18 (R), and Sahar Ibrahimi, 25, from the Afghan National Army pose for a picture after shooting exercises at the Kabul Military Training Centre in Kabul, Afghanistan October 26, 2016. REUTERS/Mohammad Ismail

Female soldiers Mohazama Najebi, 18 (R), and Sahar Ibrahimi, 25, from the Afghan National Army pose for a picture after shooting exercises at the Kabul Military Training Centre in Kabul, Afghanistan October 26, 2016. REUTERS/Mohammad Ismail

Female soldiers Mohazama Najebi, 18 (R), and Sahar Ibrahimi, 25, from the Afghan National Army pose for a picture after shooting exercises at the Kabul Military Training Centre in Kabul, Afghanistan October 26, 2016. REUTERS/Mohammad Ismail
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An Afghan National Army (ANA) soldier keeps watch at a checkpost in Logar province, Afghanistan February 16, 2016.  REUTERS/Omar Sobhani

An Afghan National Army (ANA) soldier keeps watch at a checkpost in Logar province, Afghanistan February 16, 2016. REUTERS/Omar Sobhani

An Afghan National Army (ANA) soldier keeps watch at a checkpost in Logar province, Afghanistan February 16, 2016. REUTERS/Omar Sobhani
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Afghan national army soldier sleeps outdoors during sunrise at their compound inside at Panjwai district in Kandahar, May 31, 2009. REUTERS/Jorge Silva

Afghan national army soldier sleeps outdoors during sunrise at their compound inside at Panjwai district in Kandahar, May 31, 2009. REUTERS/Jorge Silva

Afghan national army soldier sleeps outdoors during sunrise at their compound inside at Panjwai district in Kandahar, May 31, 2009. REUTERS/Jorge Silva
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Female Afghan soldiers Shreen Yawari, 24 (L-R), Zarmina Ahmadi, 22, Fatima Alimi, 21, and Zahra Sultani, 20, rest after shooting exercises at the Kabul Military Training Centre in Kabul, Afghanistan, October 26, 2016. REUTERS/Mohammad Ismail

Female Afghan soldiers Shreen Yawari, 24 (L-R), Zarmina Ahmadi, 22, Fatima Alimi, 21, and Zahra Sultani, 20, rest after shooting exercises at the Kabul Military Training Centre in Kabul, Afghanistan, October 26, 2016. REUTERS/Mohammad Ismail

Female Afghan soldiers Shreen Yawari, 24 (L-R), Zarmina Ahmadi, 22, Fatima Alimi, 21, and Zahra Sultani, 20, rest after shooting exercises at the Kabul Military Training Centre in Kabul, Afghanistan, October 26, 2016. REUTERS/Mohammad Ismail
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An Afghan National Army officer takes part in a training exercise at the Kabul Military Training Centre in Afghanistan October 7, 2015. REUTERS/Ahmad Masood

An Afghan National Army officer takes part in a training exercise at the Kabul Military Training Centre in Afghanistan October 7, 2015. REUTERS/Ahmad Masood

An Afghan National Army officer takes part in a training exercise at the Kabul Military Training Centre in Afghanistan October 7, 2015. REUTERS/Ahmad Masood
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Afghan National Army soldiers carry coffins of Afghan Local Police officers, who were killed on Friday during fighting between Afghan security forces and Taliban militants in Jalrez district of Wardak Province, at a military funeral in Kabul July 4, 2015. REUTERS/Ahmad Masood

Afghan National Army soldiers carry coffins of Afghan Local Police officers, who were killed on Friday during fighting between Afghan security forces and Taliban militants in Jalrez district of Wardak Province, at a military funeral in Kabul July 4,...more

Afghan National Army soldiers carry coffins of Afghan Local Police officers, who were killed on Friday during fighting between Afghan security forces and Taliban militants in Jalrez district of Wardak Province, at a military funeral in Kabul July 4, 2015. REUTERS/Ahmad Masood
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A member of the Afghan security force holds a woman while rescuing her from the site of an attack in Mazar-i-Sharif, April 9, 2015.  REUTERS/Anil Usyan

A member of the Afghan security force holds a woman while rescuing her from the site of an attack in Mazar-i-Sharif, April 9, 2015. REUTERS/Anil Usyan

A member of the Afghan security force holds a woman while rescuing her from the site of an attack in Mazar-i-Sharif, April 9, 2015. REUTERS/Anil Usyan
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Female Afghan National Army officers attend their graduation ceremony at the Kabul Military Training Centre August 24, 2014. REUTERS/Omar Sobhani

Female Afghan National Army officers attend their graduation ceremony at the Kabul Military Training Centre August 24, 2014. REUTERS/Omar Sobhani

Female Afghan National Army officers attend their graduation ceremony at the Kabul Military Training Centre August 24, 2014. REUTERS/Omar Sobhani
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An Afghan National Army soldier looks out from the windshield of an armored car at the Forward Base in Nari district, near their army outpost in Kunar province, February 24, 2014. REUTERS/Omar Sobhani

An Afghan National Army soldier looks out from the windshield of an armored car at the Forward Base in Nari district, near their army outpost in Kunar province, February 24, 2014. REUTERS/Omar Sobhani

An Afghan National Army soldier looks out from the windshield of an armored car at the Forward Base in Nari district, near their army outpost in Kunar province, February 24, 2014. REUTERS/Omar Sobhani
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An Afghan National Army soldier keeps watch at the site of an attack by insurgents on a joint NATO-Afghan base in the Ghani Khel district of Nangarhar province January 4, 2014. REUTERS/Parwiz

An Afghan National Army soldier keeps watch at the site of an attack by insurgents on a joint NATO-Afghan base in the Ghani Khel district of Nangarhar province January 4, 2014. REUTERS/Parwiz

An Afghan National Army soldier keeps watch at the site of an attack by insurgents on a joint NATO-Afghan base in the Ghani Khel district of Nangarhar province January 4, 2014. REUTERS/Parwiz
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Afghan National Army soldiers approach a suicide attacker after his vest was defused in Jalalabad province June 30, 2013.  REUTERS/Parwiz

Afghan National Army soldiers approach a suicide attacker after his vest was defused in Jalalabad province June 30, 2013.  REUTERS/Parwiz

Afghan National Army soldiers approach a suicide attacker after his vest was defused in Jalalabad province June 30, 2013.  REUTERS/Parwiz
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A member of the Afghan National Army provides security with a soldier from the U.S. Army's Bravo Company, 1st Battalion, 36th Infantry Regiment during a patrol near Command Outpost AJK (short for Azim-Jan-Kariz, a near-by village) in Maiwand District, Kandahar Province, Afghanistan, January 31, 2013. REUTERS/Andrew Burton

A member of the Afghan National Army provides security with a soldier from the U.S. Army's Bravo Company, 1st Battalion, 36th Infantry Regiment during a patrol near Command Outpost AJK (short for Azim-Jan-Kariz, a near-by village) in Maiwand...more

A member of the Afghan National Army provides security with a soldier from the U.S. Army's Bravo Company, 1st Battalion, 36th Infantry Regiment during a patrol near Command Outpost AJK (short for Azim-Jan-Kariz, a near-by village) in Maiwand District, Kandahar Province, Afghanistan, January 31, 2013. REUTERS/Andrew Burton
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Afghan security forces run on the roof of the Kabul traffic police headquarters as it is attacked by insurgents in Kabul January 21, 2013.  REUTERS/Omar Sobhani

Afghan security forces run on the roof of the Kabul traffic police headquarters as it is attacked by insurgents in Kabul January 21, 2013. REUTERS/Omar Sobhani

Afghan security forces run on the roof of the Kabul traffic police headquarters as it is attacked by insurgents in Kabul January 21, 2013. REUTERS/Omar Sobhani
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An Afghan army soldier holds a rose and a rifle in Zharay district in Kandahar province, southern Afghanistan April 26, 2012. REUTERS/Baz Ratner

An Afghan army soldier holds a rose and a rifle in Zharay district in Kandahar province, southern Afghanistan April 26, 2012. REUTERS/Baz Ratner

An Afghan army soldier holds a rose and a rifle in Zharay district in Kandahar province, southern Afghanistan April 26, 2012. REUTERS/Baz Ratner
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An Afghan National Army soldier walks during a mission in the Zhary district in Kandahar province, southern Afghanistan April 18, 2012. REUTERS/Baz Ratner

An Afghan National Army soldier walks during a mission in the Zhary district in Kandahar province, southern Afghanistan April 18, 2012. REUTERS/Baz Ratner

An Afghan National Army soldier walks during a mission in the Zhary district in Kandahar province, southern Afghanistan April 18, 2012. REUTERS/Baz Ratner
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Afghan National Army soldiers look at a U.S. soldier from the top of their bunker at Observing Post Mace in eastern Afghanistan's Kunar province near the border with Pakistan August 28, 2011. REUTERS/Nikola Solic

Afghan National Army soldiers look at a U.S. soldier from the top of their bunker at Observing Post Mace in eastern Afghanistan's Kunar province near the border with Pakistan August 28, 2011. REUTERS/Nikola Solic

Afghan National Army soldiers look at a U.S. soldier from the top of their bunker at Observing Post Mace in eastern Afghanistan's Kunar province near the border with Pakistan August 28, 2011. REUTERS/Nikola Solic
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Afghan National Army soldiers sleep between operations at Kunjak in southern Afghanistan's Helmand province February 19, 2011. REUTERS/Finbarr O'Reilly

Afghan National Army soldiers sleep between operations at Kunjak in southern Afghanistan's Helmand province February 19, 2011. REUTERS/Finbarr O'Reilly

Afghan National Army soldiers sleep between operations at Kunjak in southern Afghanistan's Helmand province February 19, 2011. REUTERS/Finbarr O'Reilly
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U.S. Army medics of the 101st Airborne Division's Task Force Shadow Dustoff treat an Afghan National Army soldier whose leg was blown off by a roadside bomb, during a medevac flight in southern Afghanistan's Kandahar province, October 14, 2010. REUTERS/Finbarr O'Reilly

U.S. Army medics of the 101st Airborne Division's Task Force Shadow Dustoff treat an Afghan National Army soldier whose leg was blown off by a roadside bomb, during a medevac flight in southern Afghanistan's Kandahar province, October 14, 2010....more

U.S. Army medics of the 101st Airborne Division's Task Force Shadow Dustoff treat an Afghan National Army soldier whose leg was blown off by a roadside bomb, during a medevac flight in southern Afghanistan's Kandahar province, October 14, 2010. REUTERS/Finbarr O'Reilly
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Afghan commandos run to the site of a suicide attack in Kabul August 10, 2010.  REUTERS/Omar Sobhani

Afghan commandos run to the site of a suicide attack in Kabul August 10, 2010.  REUTERS/Omar Sobhani

Afghan commandos run to the site of a suicide attack in Kabul August 10, 2010.  REUTERS/Omar Sobhani
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Afghan National Army soldiers take their oath of enlistment during a graduation ceremony at the Military Training Center in Kabul July 15, 2010. REUTERS/ Omar Sobhani

Afghan National Army soldiers take their oath of enlistment during a graduation ceremony at the Military Training Center in Kabul July 15, 2010. REUTERS/ Omar Sobhani

Afghan National Army soldiers take their oath of enlistment during a graduation ceremony at the Military Training Center in Kabul July 15, 2010. REUTERS/ Omar Sobhani
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Afghan President Hamid Karzai chats with a wounded Afghan National Army soldier during his visit to a hospital in Bagram Airfield May 8, 2010.   REUTERS/Massoud Hossaini/Pool

Afghan President Hamid Karzai chats with a wounded Afghan National Army soldier during his visit to a hospital in Bagram Airfield May 8, 2010.   REUTERS/Massoud Hossaini/Pool

Afghan President Hamid Karzai chats with a wounded Afghan National Army soldier during his visit to a hospital in Bagram Airfield May 8, 2010.   REUTERS/Massoud Hossaini/Pool
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Afghan National Army soldiers carry explosives during preparations to destroy more than 1500kg (3307 lbs) of ammonium nitrate fertilizer which is used in making bombs in Afghanistan, outside Kabul city April 21, 2010. REUTERS/Ahmad Masood

Afghan National Army soldiers carry explosives during preparations to destroy more than 1500kg (3307 lbs) of ammonium nitrate fertilizer which is used in making bombs in Afghanistan, outside Kabul city April 21, 2010. REUTERS/Ahmad Masood

Afghan National Army soldiers carry explosives during preparations to destroy more than 1500kg (3307 lbs) of ammonium nitrate fertilizer which is used in making bombs in Afghanistan, outside Kabul city April 21, 2010. REUTERS/Ahmad Masood
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The door gunner on an Afghan National Army Air Corp M-17 Helicopter keeps watch as he flies over Uruzgan Province in southern Afghanistan April 8, 2010.         Reuters/Tim Wimborne

The door gunner on an Afghan National Army Air Corp M-17 Helicopter keeps watch as he flies over Uruzgan Province in southern Afghanistan April 8, 2010.         Reuters/Tim Wimborne

The door gunner on an Afghan National Army Air Corp M-17 Helicopter keeps watch as he flies over Uruzgan Province in southern Afghanistan April 8, 2010.         Reuters/Tim Wimborne
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An Afghan National Army patrol is covered in dust from an ANA Air Corp M-17 Helicopter as it takes off from a Base in Uruzgan Province in southern Afghanistan April 8, 2010.         Reuters/Tim Wimborne

An Afghan National Army patrol is covered in dust from an ANA Air Corp M-17 Helicopter as it takes off from a Base in Uruzgan Province in southern Afghanistan April 8, 2010.         Reuters/Tim Wimborne

An Afghan National Army patrol is covered in dust from an ANA Air Corp M-17 Helicopter as it takes off from a Base in Uruzgan Province in southern Afghanistan April 8, 2010.         Reuters/Tim Wimborne
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Afghan soldiers stand in line during a flag-raising ceremony in the town of Marjah in Nad Ali district of Helmand province February 14, 2010.  REUTERS/Goran Tomasevic

Afghan soldiers stand in line during a flag-raising ceremony in the town of Marjah in Nad Ali district of Helmand province February 14, 2010.  REUTERS/Goran Tomasevic

Afghan soldiers stand in line during a flag-raising ceremony in the town of Marjah in Nad Ali district of Helmand province February 14, 2010.  REUTERS/Goran Tomasevic
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An Afghan National Army hands a cup of tea to a German Bundeswehr army soldier as a Belgian soldier looks on, of the International Security Assistance Force, in a combat position during a mission in Chahar Dara in the outskirts of Kunduz, December 17, 2009.   REUTERS/Fabrizio Bensch

An Afghan National Army hands a cup of tea to a German Bundeswehr army soldier as a Belgian soldier looks on, of the International Security Assistance Force, in a combat position during a mission in Chahar Dara in the outskirts of Kunduz, December...more

An Afghan National Army hands a cup of tea to a German Bundeswehr army soldier as a Belgian soldier looks on, of the International Security Assistance Force, in a combat position during a mission in Chahar Dara in the outskirts of Kunduz, December 17, 2009.  REUTERS/Fabrizio Bensch
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A U.S. Marine with the 2nd Battalion 2nd Marines of Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, points a spotlight to assist an Afghan National Army soldier as they perform joint house to house searches in the Garmsir district of Helmand Province December 17, 2009. REUTERS/Adrees Latif

A U.S. Marine with the 2nd Battalion 2nd Marines of Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, points a spotlight to assist an Afghan National Army soldier as they perform joint house to house searches in the Garmsir district of Helmand Province December 17,...more

A U.S. Marine with the 2nd Battalion 2nd Marines of Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, points a spotlight to assist an Afghan National Army soldier as they perform joint house to house searches in the Garmsir district of Helmand Province December 17, 2009. REUTERS/Adrees Latif
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An Afghan National Army soldier looks out the window at FOB Wilderness in Paktya province, Afghanistan, December 10, 2009.   REUTERS/Zohra Bensemra

An Afghan National Army soldier looks out the window at FOB Wilderness in Paktya province, Afghanistan, December 10, 2009.   REUTERS/Zohra Bensemra

An Afghan National Army soldier looks out the window at FOB Wilderness in Paktya province, Afghanistan, December 10, 2009.   REUTERS/Zohra Bensemra
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An Afghan National Army soldier wraps bullets around himself before heading out on a patrol in the Panjwaii district of Kandahar province October 3, 2009. REUTERS/Finbarr O'Reilly

An Afghan National Army soldier wraps bullets around himself before heading out on a patrol in the Panjwaii district of Kandahar province October 3, 2009. REUTERS/Finbarr O'Reilly

An Afghan National Army soldier wraps bullets around himself before heading out on a patrol in the Panjwaii district of Kandahar province October 3, 2009. REUTERS/Finbarr O'Reilly
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An Afghan soldier takes sits up position during a mission on the mountains near Honaker Miracle camp at the Pesh valley of Kunar Province August 12, 2009. REUTERS/Carlos Barria

An Afghan soldier takes sits up position during a mission on the mountains near Honaker Miracle camp at the Pesh valley of Kunar Province August 12, 2009. REUTERS/Carlos Barria

An Afghan soldier takes sits up position during a mission on the mountains near Honaker Miracle camp at the Pesh valley of Kunar Province August 12, 2009. REUTERS/Carlos Barria
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A combination picture shows Afghan National Army (ANA) soldiers posing for portraits at their compound at Panjwai district in Kandahar, June 1 2009. REUTERS/Jorge Silva

A combination picture shows Afghan National Army (ANA) soldiers posing for portraits at their compound at Panjwai district in Kandahar, June 1 2009. REUTERS/Jorge Silva

A combination picture shows Afghan National Army (ANA) soldiers posing for portraits at their compound at Panjwai district in Kandahar, June 1 2009. REUTERS/Jorge Silva
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Afghan national army soldiers stand in line as they wait for their commander to speak inside their camp in Kunduz April 27, 2009. REUTERS/Kai Pfaffenbach

Afghan national army soldiers stand in line as they wait for their commander to speak inside their camp in Kunduz April 27, 2009. REUTERS/Kai Pfaffenbach

Afghan national army soldiers stand in line as they wait for their commander to speak inside their camp in Kunduz April 27, 2009. REUTERS/Kai Pfaffenbach
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Afghan Special Forces policemen search a building for Taliban fighters in front of a poppy field in the village of Sanjaray in Zhari district early April 26, 2008.    REUTERS/Goran Tomasevic

Afghan Special Forces policemen search a building for Taliban fighters in front of a poppy field in the village of Sanjaray in Zhari district early April 26, 2008.    REUTERS/Goran Tomasevic

Afghan Special Forces policemen search a building for Taliban fighters in front of a poppy field in the village of Sanjaray in Zhari district early April 26, 2008.    REUTERS/Goran Tomasevic
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An Afghan National Army soldier monitors the radio next to a gun position at Observation Post Mace in eastern Afghanistan's remote Nuristan Province January 2, 2009. REUTERS/Bob Strong

An Afghan National Army soldier monitors the radio next to a gun position at Observation Post Mace in eastern Afghanistan's remote Nuristan Province January 2, 2009. REUTERS/Bob Strong

An Afghan National Army soldier monitors the radio next to a gun position at Observation Post Mace in eastern Afghanistan's remote Nuristan Province January 2, 2009. REUTERS/Bob Strong
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An Afghan National Army soldier keeps watch at the front gate to Forward Operating Base Bostick in eastern Afghanistan January 1, 2009. REUTERS/Bob Strong

An Afghan National Army soldier keeps watch at the front gate to Forward Operating Base Bostick in eastern Afghanistan January 1, 2009. REUTERS/Bob Strong

An Afghan National Army soldier keeps watch at the front gate to Forward Operating Base Bostick in eastern Afghanistan January 1, 2009. REUTERS/Bob Strong
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Wounded Afghan soldier Abdul Matin lies aboard a U.S. Army medical helicopter on his way to Jalalabad Airbase November 2, 2008. Abdul Matin was resting under a tree with seven fellow Afghan soldiers when U.S. helicopters opened fire.    REUTERS/Jonathon Burch

Wounded Afghan soldier Abdul Matin lies aboard a U.S. Army medical helicopter on his way to Jalalabad Airbase November 2, 2008. Abdul Matin was resting under a tree with seven fellow Afghan soldiers when U.S. helicopters opened fire.  ...more

Wounded Afghan soldier Abdul Matin lies aboard a U.S. Army medical helicopter on his way to Jalalabad Airbase November 2, 2008. Abdul Matin was resting under a tree with seven fellow Afghan soldiers when U.S. helicopters opened fire.   REUTERS/Jonathon Burch
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Afghan soldiers look at detained suspected Taliban fighters in Patrol Base Wilson in Zhari district early April 19, 2008.    REUTERS/Goran Tomasevic

Afghan soldiers look at detained suspected Taliban fighters in Patrol Base Wilson in Zhari district early April 19, 2008.   REUTERS/Goran Tomasevic

Afghan soldiers look at detained suspected Taliban fighters in Patrol Base Wilson in Zhari district early April 19, 2008.   REUTERS/Goran Tomasevic
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A dust-covered Afghan National Army soldier with a flower tucked behind his ear rides on the back of a vehicle during a patrol near the Taliban stronghold of Panjwaii town, Kandahar province, southern Afghanistan, November 13, 2007. REUTERS/Finbarr O'Reilly

A dust-covered Afghan National Army soldier with a flower tucked behind his ear rides on the back of a vehicle during a patrol near the Taliban stronghold of Panjwaii town, Kandahar province, southern Afghanistan, November 13, 2007. REUTERS/Finbarr...more

A dust-covered Afghan National Army soldier with a flower tucked behind his ear rides on the back of a vehicle during a patrol near the Taliban stronghold of Panjwaii town, Kandahar province, southern Afghanistan, November 13, 2007. REUTERS/Finbarr O'Reilly
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Afghan National Army soldier uses a basket as camouflage during an ambush in Zhari district of Kandahar province, southern Afghanistan, October 23, 2007.  REUTERS/Finbarr O'Reilly

Afghan National Army soldier uses a basket as camouflage during an ambush in Zhari district of Kandahar province, southern Afghanistan, October 23, 2007.  REUTERS/Finbarr O'Reilly

Afghan National Army soldier uses a basket as camouflage during an ambush in Zhari district of Kandahar province, southern Afghanistan, October 23, 2007.  REUTERS/Finbarr O'Reilly
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Afghan National Army soldiers play volleyball at Ma'sum Ghar camp in Kandahar province, southern Afghanistan, July 10, 2007. REUTERS/ Finbarr O'Reilly

Afghan National Army soldiers play volleyball at Ma'sum Ghar camp in Kandahar province, southern Afghanistan, July 10, 2007. REUTERS/ Finbarr O'Reilly

Afghan National Army soldiers play volleyball at Ma'sum Ghar camp in Kandahar province, southern Afghanistan, July 10, 2007. REUTERS/ Finbarr O'Reilly
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Afghan National Army soldiers relax as another plays a guitar made from a jerry can at Ma'sum Ghar camp in Kandahar province, southern Afghanistan, July 10, 2007. REUTERS/ Finbarr O'Reilly

Afghan National Army soldiers relax as another plays a guitar made from a jerry can at Ma'sum Ghar camp in Kandahar province, southern Afghanistan, July 10, 2007. REUTERS/ Finbarr O'Reilly

Afghan National Army soldiers relax as another plays a guitar made from a jerry can at Ma'sum Ghar camp in Kandahar province, southern Afghanistan, July 10, 2007. REUTERS/ Finbarr O'Reilly
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Afghan soldiers smile as they go on patrol with U.S. special forces in the southern Afghan city of Kandahar January 17, 2002. REUTERS/Zainal Abd Halim

Afghan soldiers smile as they go on patrol with U.S. special forces in the southern Afghan city of Kandahar January 17, 2002. REUTERS/Zainal Abd Halim

Afghan soldiers smile as they go on patrol with U.S. special forces in the southern Afghan city of Kandahar January 17, 2002. REUTERS/Zainal Abd Halim
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An Afghan soldier attempts to break open a door as U.S. Marines from Bravo Company of the 1st Battalion, 6th Marines, look on during an operation to search for weapons in the town of Marjah, in Nad Ali district of Helmand province February 17, 2010.     REUTERS/Goran Tomasevic

An Afghan soldier attempts to break open a door as U.S. Marines from Bravo Company of the 1st Battalion, 6th Marines, look on during an operation to search for weapons in the town of Marjah, in Nad Ali district of Helmand province February 17, 2010....more

An Afghan soldier attempts to break open a door as U.S. Marines from Bravo Company of the 1st Battalion, 6th Marines, look on during an operation to search for weapons in the town of Marjah, in Nad Ali district of Helmand province February 17, 2010.     REUTERS/Goran Tomasevic
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