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Former Taliban militants surrender their weapons during a reconciliation ceremony in Herat, Afghanistan, 03 August 2016. A group of 16 former Taliban militants on 03 August laid down their arms in Herat and joined the peace process. Under an amnesty launched by the former President Hamid Karzai and backed by the US in November 2004, hundreds of anti-government militants have so far surrendered to the government.

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Former Taliban militants surrender their weapons during a reconciliation ceremony in Herat, Afghanistan. A group of 16 former Taliban militants arms in Herat and joined the peace process. Under an amnesty launched by the former President Hamid Karzai and backed by the US in November 2004, hundreds of anti-government militants have so far surrendered to the government 

TOPSHOT - An Afghan labourer looks on as he works at a traditional cotton factory in Jalalabad on July 31, 2016. / AFP

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An Afghan labourer looks on as he works at a traditional cotton factory in Jalalabad 

TOPSHOT - In this photograph taken on July 28, 2016, an Afghan man rides a horse as another one leads his horse as the sun sets in Injil district of Herat province. / AFP PHOTO / AREF KARIMIAREF KARIMI/AFP/Getty Images

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An Afghan man rides a horse as another one leads his horse as the sun sets in Injil district of Herat province 

In this photograph taken on July 27, 2016, Afghan boy children run behind a cart transporting bricks on the outskirts of Jalalabad.  / AFP PHOTO / NOORULLAH SHIRZADANOORULLAH SHIRZADA/AFP/Getty Images

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Afghan children run behind a cart transporting bricks on the outskirts of Jalalabad 

Villagers pray in front graves of victims of a suicide attack, in Kabul, Afghanistan, Monday, July 25, 2016

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Villagers pray in front graves of victims of the suicide attack, in Kabul, Afghanistan on Saturday which killed at least 80 people

An Afghan man makes sweets at a small traditional factory during the holy Muslim fasting month of Ramadan in preparation for Eid al-Fitr in Kabul, Afghanistan

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An Afghan man makes sweets at a small traditional factory during the holy Muslim fasting month of Ramadan in preparation for Eid al-Fitr in Kabul, Afghanistan

Men watch demonstrators from Afghanistan's Hazara minority during a protest in Kabul, Afghanistan May 16, 2016.

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Men watch demonstrators from Afghanistan’s Hazara minority during a protest in Kabul, Afghanistan 

An Afghan security officer walks past a pile of confiscated drugs being burned in ceremony in Jalalabad, east of Kabul, Afghanistan, Tuesday, April 12, 2016 Around 21 tons of opium, heroin, alcohol and hashish were set on fire, officials said. (AP Photo/Mohammad Anwar Danishyar)

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An Afghan security officer walks past a pile of confiscated drugs being burned in ceremony in Jalalabad, east of Kabul, Afghanistan. Around 21 tons of opium, heroin, alcohol and hashish were set on fire, officials said 

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Afghan farmers harvest raw opium at a poppy field in Zhari district of southern Kandahar province, Afghanistan. A recent uptick in violence across the south will worsen once the poppy crop is harvested in coming weeks and the extremists deploy gunmen to protect their vast smuggling empire, officials, analysts and diplomats are predicting. 

Afghan labourer Hamid Gul, 25, working at a brick factory on the outskirts Mazar-i-Sharif

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Afghan labourer Hamid Gul, 25, working at a brick factory on the outskirts Mazar-i-Sharif 

Taliban fighters hold their weapons before surrendering them to Afghan authorities in Jalalabad, east of Kabul, Afghanistan. Around 53 Taliban fighters laid down their weapons at a ceremony, as part of a peace-reconciliation program

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Taliban fighters hold their weapons before surrendering them to Afghan authorities in Jalalabad, east of Kabul, Afghanistan. Around 53 Taliban fighters laid down their weapons at a ceremony, as part of a peace-reconciliation program

Friba Hameed, 30, an Afghan police officer, second right, helps paint part of a mural of herself on a wall outside the main gate of a police precinct to mark International Women's Day in Kabul, Afghanistan, Tuesday, March 8, 2016. (AP Photo/Rahmat Gul)

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Friba Hameed, 30, an Afghan police officer, second right, helps paint part of a mural of herself on a wall outside the main gate of a police precinct to mark International Women’s Day in Kabul, Afghanistan 

New Commander of Resolute Support forces and United States forces in Afghanistan, U.S. Army General John Nicholson, attends a change of command ceremony in Resolute Support headquarters in Kabul, Afghanistan, Wednesday, March 2, 2016. (AP Photo/Rahmat Gul)

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New Commander of Resolute Support forces and United States forces in Afghanistan, U.S. Army General John Nicholson, attends a change of command ceremony in Resolute Support headquarters in Kabul, Afghanistan 

Refugees from Afghanistan sit beside railway tracks near a transit center for refugees at the Macedonian-Serbian border in the northern Macedonian village of Tabanovce, Monday, Feb. 22, 2016. More than 600 Afghan refugees were stranded since Saturday at the transit center while waiting for a permission to cross the border into Serbia. Serbia says the decision to block refugees from Afghanistan from passing through the so-called Balkan migrant corridor has been made by Austria and Slovenia. (AP Photo/Boris Grdanoski)

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Refugees from Afghanistan sit beside railway tracks near a transit center for refugees at the Macedonian-Serbian border in the northern Macedonian village of Tabanovce today. More than 600 Afghan refugees were stranded since Saturday at the transit centre while waiting for a permission to cross the border into Serbia. Serbia says the decision to block refugees from Afghanistan from passing through the so-called Balkan migrant corridor has been made by Austria and Slovenia.

TOPSHOT - In this photograph taken on Fe...TOPSHOT - In this photograph taken on February 17, 2016, a member of the Afghan security forces patrols after an operation against Islamic State (IS) militants in Achin district in Nangarhar province. Security forces launched anti-militant operations on February 12, in Achin district, killing at least 46 armed insurgents and wounding 20 others, army commander General Zaman Waziri said. AFP PHOTO / Noorullah SHIRZADA / AFP / Noorullah ShirzadaNOORULLAH SHIRZADA/AFP/Getty Images

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A member of the Afghan security forces patrols after an operation against Islamic State militants in Achin district in Nangarhar province

Soviet tanks in Afghanistan

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Afghan boys play on a Soviet-era tank in Jalalabad, Afghanistan, on Monday. Soviet troops occupied the country for ten years between 1979 and 1989.

An  Afghan vendor display fish for sale along the Kabul-Jalalabad highway in Sorubi district of Kabul, Afghanistan, Monday, Feb. 1, 2016. (AP Photo/Rahmat Gul)

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An Afghan vendor display fish for sale along the Kabul-Jalalabad highway in Sorubi district of Kabul, Afghanistan 

Afghan girls stand at the site of a suicide attack in Kabul, Afghanistan...Afghan girls stand at the site of a suicide attack in Kabul, Afghanistan February 1, 2016. Ten people were killed and 20 wounded, most of them civilians in Monday's suicide bomb attack outside a police station in a busy area of western Kabul, Afghan Deputy Interior Minister Ayub Salangi said in a Twitter post. REUTERS/Mohammad Ismail

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Afghan girls stand at the site of a suicide attack in Kabul, Afghanistan. Ten people were killed and 20 wounded, most of them civilians in Monday’s suicide bomb attack outside a police station in a busy area of western Kabul

In this photograph taken on January 27, ...In this photograph taken on January 27, 2016 an Afghan woman walks past a mural that also reads "seeking knowledge is obligatory on every Muslim man and woman" in Herat.  AFP PHOTO / Aref KarimiAref Karimi/AFP/Getty Images

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An Afghan woman walks past a mural that also reads “seeking knowledge is obligatory on every Muslim man and woman” in Herat

Former Afghan Taliban fighters carry their weapons before handing them over as part of a government peace and reconciliation process at a ceremony in Jalalabad

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Former Afghan Taliban fighters carry their weapons before handing them over as part of a government peace and reconciliation process at a ceremony in Jalalabad