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
An Afghan labourer looks on as he works at a traditional cotton factory in Jalalabad
An Afghan man rides a horse as another one leads his horse as the sun sets in Injil district of Herat province
Afghan children run behind a cart transporting bricks on the outskirts of Jalalabad
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
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. Around 21 tons of opium, heroin, alcohol and hashish were set on fire, officials said
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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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
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
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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.
A member of the Afghan security forces patrols after an operation against Islamic State militants in Achin district in Nangarhar province
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
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
An Afghan woman walks past a mural that also reads “seeking knowledge is obligatory on every Muslim man and woman” in Herat
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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