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Afghan horse riders compete for the goat during a friendly buzkashi match on the outskirts of Kabul, Afghanistan, Thursday, Jan. 29, 2015. Buzkashi is a traditional and the national sport of Afghanistan, where players compete to place a goat carcass into a goal circle. It was banned during the Taliban rule.

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Afghan horse riders compete for the goat during a friendly buzkashi match on the outskirts of Kabul, Afghanistan on Thursday. Buzkashi is a traditional and the national sport of Afghanistan, where players compete to place a goat carcass into a goal circle

Labourers shovel coal onto a truck at a coal dump site outside Kabul January 19, 2015. Each labourer earns an average of $10 per working day, with most of them coming come from the northern provinces, leaving their families behind to find work in the capital.

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Labourers shovel coal on to a truck at a coal site outside Kabul on Monday

Prisoners release in Jalalabad...epa04560579 Afghan prisoners leave jail following their release by the orders of Afghan President Ashraf Ghani, in Jalalabad, Afghanistan, 15 January 2015. Afghan President ordered some 27 prisoners including 9 women with less than a year to serve to be released in honor of Prophet Muhammad's birthday.  EPA/GHULAMULLAH HABIBI

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Afghan prisoners leave jail following their release by the orders of Afghan President Ashraf Ghani, in Jalalabad, Afghanistan on Thursday. Ghani ordered some 27 prisoners including 9 women with less than a year to serve to be released in honor of Prophet Muhammad’s birthday. 

An Afghan man kicks a poster of Pakistani religious leader Maulana Fazlur Rehman during a demonstration against his visit in Kabul, January 8, 2015.

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An Afghan man kicks a poster of Pakistani religious leader Maulana Fazlur Rehman during a demonstration against his visit in Kabul on Thursday

The rising sun lights smoke in the air as a man crosses the street near Forward Operating Base Fenty in the Nangarhar province of Afghanistan...The rising sun lights smoke in the air as a man crosses the street near Forward Operating Base Fenty in the Nangarhar province of Afghanistan December 19, 2014. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson (AFGHANISTAN - Tags: CIVIL UNREST POLITICS MILITARY CONFLICT ENVIRONMENT TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)

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The rising sun lights smoke in the air as a man crosses the street near Forward Operating Base Fenty in the Nangarhar province of Afghanistan  

To go with story Afghanistan-unrest-agriculture   In this photograph taken on November 18, 2014, Afghan workers carry picked saffron flowers to be delivered to a farmer in the Ghoriyan District of Herat. Saffron cultivation needs lots of land and a lot of labour, but the world's most expensive spice might be an economic lifeline for Afghanistan with international financial support set to fall in the coming years. In Herat, about 6,000 people -- 4,000 of them women -- are employed in saffron farming on 800 acres (325 hectares) of land, with the product exported to India, Europe, the United States and China. AFP PHOTO / Aref KARIMIAref Karimi/AFP/Getty Images

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Workers deliver saffron flowers to a farmer in the Ghoriyan district of Herat. Saffron cultivation requires a great deal of land and intensive labour, but the world’s most expensive spice could be an economic lifeline for Afghanistan. In Herat, about 6,000 people – 4,000 of them women – are employed in saffron farming on 800 acres of land. 

A priest blesses servicemen during a farewell ceremony at the Vaziani military base outside Tbilisi

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A priest blesses servicemen during a farewell ceremony at the Vaziani military base outside Tbilisi, on Tuesday. According to Georgia’s Defence Ministry, a joint company from the IV mechanized brigade of the Georgian Armed Forces is departing to Afghanistan to take over from another Georgian unit, as part of the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF), NATO military operation.

A British security official escorts a survivor from the wreckage of a British embassy vehicle after a suicide attack in Kabul on Thursday. A suicide bomber struck the vehicle in Afghanistan's capital on Thursday, killing at least three people and wounding many bystanders

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A British security official escorts a survivor from the wreckage of a British embassy vehicle after a suicide attack in Kabul on Thursday. A suicide bomber struck the vehicle in Afghanistan’s capital on Thursday, killing at least three people and wounding many bystanders

Afghan security force keeps watch as they block a road

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Afghan security force keeps watch as they block a road at the site of suicide car bomb at the gate of Green Village compound, a large fortified complex where many foreign employees live and work in Kabul. A Taliban suicide car bomb exploded close to a compound that houses many international contractors, officials said, the latest in a series of explosions to rock the Afghan capital in recent days.

 British troops board a  RAF C-17 as they leave Afghanistan to go home at Kandahar airfield on November 13, 2014 in Kandahar, Afghanistan. Now that British combat operations have ended and the last UK base in Afghanistan had been handed over to the control of Afghan security forces, any remaining troops are leaving the country via Kandahar. As the drawdown of the US-led coalition troops heads into its final stages, many parts of Kandahar airfield - once home to tens of thousands of soldiers and contractors - are being closed or handed over to the Afghans.

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British troops board a RAF C-17 as they leave Afghanistan to go home at Kandahar airfield on Thursday in Kandahar, Afghanistan. British combat operations have ended and the last UK base in Afghanistan had been handed over to the control of Afghan security forces, all remaining troops leaving via Kandahar

A labourer takes a break at a coal dump site outside Mazar-i-Sharif.

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A labourer takes a break at a coal dump site outside Mazar-i-Sharif in Afghanistan

Suicide bombers target attorney general’s office in Afghanistan

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Afghan security officials take position outside the building of a local attorney general in Kunduz, Afghanistan, on Monday. At least eight people, including the four perpetrators, were killed during a Taliban attack on the office of a local attorney general in the northern Afghan province of Kunduz.

Troops in Afghanistan...Wing Commander Matt Radnall, Officer Commanding 7 Force Protection Wing, carries a carefully folded Union Flag under his arm and back home to the UK as he walks out towards helicopter as the last British boots to leave Camp Bastion, Helmand Province, Afghanistan, as UK and Coalition forces carry out their Tactical Withdrawal finally leaving the base and handing it over to Afghan National Army. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday October 27, 2014. See PA story DEFENCE Afghanistan. Photo credit should read: Ben Birchall/PA Wire

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Wing Commander Matt Radnall, Officer Commanding 7 Force Protection Wing, carries a carefully-folded Union Jack flag under his arm as he walks towards a helicopter. These are the last British boots to leave Camp Bastion, Helmand Province, Afghanistan

Afghan National Army (ANA) officers take part in a training exercise at the Kabul Military Training Centre (KMTC) in Kabul.

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Afghan army officers take part in a training exercise at the Kabul Military Training Centre in Kabul. 

An Afghan National Army soldger who survived a road side bomb explosion, walks by the site of the blast in Kabul, Afghanistan, Tuesday, Oct. 21, 2014. At least four Afghan soldiers have been killed in the attack in the capital.

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An Afghan National Army soldier who survived a road side bomb explosion walks past the site of the blast in Kabul, Afghanistan on Tuesday. At least four Afghan soldiers have been killed in the attack.

In this photograph taken on September 7,...In this photograph taken on September 7, 2014, Afghan labourer Nayim,42, works at a leather factory in the Tashqurghan district on the outskirts of Mazar-i-sharif. Animal hide is one of the top exports in Afghanistan, often sent through neighbouring Pakistan to international leather markets worldwide. AFP PHOTO/FARSHAD USYANFARSHAD USYAN/AFP/Getty Images

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Afghan labourer Nayim, 42, works at a leather factory in the Tashqurghan district on the outskirts of Mazar-i-sharif. Animal hide is one of the top exports in Afghanistan, often sent through neighbouring Pakistan to international leather markets worldwide 

An Afghan youth sits astride the gun barrel of a Soviet-era tank, in Kabul, Afghanistan, 29 August 2014. Soviet troops occupied the country for ten years from 1979 to 1989.

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An Afghan youth sits astride the gun barrel of a Soviet-era tank, in Kabul, Afghanistan on Friday. Soviet Union troops occupied Afghanistan for ten years from 1979

An Afghan guard of honour stands as the national anthem plays during an event to mark Independence Day at the Ministry of Defence compound in Kabul

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A guard of honour stands as the national anthem plays during an event to mark Independence Day at the Ministry of Defence compound in Kabul, Afghanistan.

A girl receives polio vaccination during an anti-polio campaign on the outskirts of Jalalabad

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A girl receives polio vaccination during an anti-polio campaign on the outskirts of Jalalabad on Monday

A US soldier, part of the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF), manning a machine gun onboard a Chinook helicopter over the Gardez district of Paktia province, Afghaniustan.

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A US soldier, part of the Nato-led International Security Assistance Force, mans a machine gun on board a Chinook helicopter over the Gardez district of Paktia province, Afghanistan