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 A man and his cart loaded with sacks of vegetables near the Afghan border in Chaman, Pakistan, 22 May 2015. The merchants wait for clearance to cross into Afghanistan with their goods

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A man and his cart loaded with sacks of vegetables near the Afghan border in Chaman, Pakistan on Friday. The merchants wait for clearance to cross into Afghanistan with their goods

An Afghan policeman stands guard at the site of a blast in Kabul, Afghanistan May 19, 2015. A bomb exploded in the parking lot of Afghanistan's Ministry of Justice on Tuesday, killing at least five people and wounding dozens as civil servants were leaving work for the day, officials said

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An Afghan policeman stands guard at the site of a blast in Kabul, Afghanistan. A bomb exploded in the parking lot of Afghanistan’s Ministry of Justice on Tuesday, killing at least five people and wounding dozens as civil servants were leaving work for the day

A health worker administers a polio vaccine to a child, in Enjil district of Herat, Afghanistan, 11 May 2015. Pakistan, Nigeria and Afghanistan are considered to be the only countries where the poliovirus is still endemic.

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A health worker administers a polio vaccine to a child, in Enjil district of Herat, Afghanistan on Monday. Pakistan, Nigeria and Afghanistan are considered to be the only countries where the poliovirus is still endemic

An Afghan policeman stands in a window o...An Afghan policeman stands in a window of the Hazrat-e-Ali shrine, or Blue Mosque, in Mazar-i-Sharif on May 5, 2015.  AFP PHOTO/Farshad UsyanFARSHAD USYAN/AFP/Getty Images

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An Afghan policeman stands in a window of the Hazrat-e-Ali shrine, or Blue Mosque, in Mazar-i-Sharif 

A member of the Afghan security force holds a woman while rescuing her from the site of an attack in Mazar-i-Sharif

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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, on Wednesday.

Afghan women chant slogans during a protest demanding justice for a woman who was beaten to death by a mob after being falsely accused of burning a Quran last week, in downtown of Kabul, Afghanistan, Tuesday, March 24, 2015. Men and women of all ages carried banners bearing the bloodied face of Farkhunda, a 27-year-old religious scholar killed last week by a mob. Farkhunda, who went by one name like many Afghans, was beaten, run over with a car and burned before her body was thrown into the Kabul River. (AP Photo/Rahmat Gul)

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Protesters demand justice for a woman beaten to death by a mob after being falsely accused of burning the Koran last week, in downtown of Kabul, Afghanistan. Men and women of all ages carried banners bearing the bloodied face of Farkhunda, a 27-year-old religious scholar, who like many Afghans went by one name. She was beaten, run over by a car and burned before her body was thrown into the Kabul river. 

Young Afghan vendors push their ice-cream carts along a road on the outskirts of Mazari-i-Sharif.

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Young Afghan vendors push their ice cream carts along a road on the outskirts of Mazari-i-Sharif.

An Afghan health worker administers polio vaccine drops to a child on the second day of a vaccination campaign in Kabul on March 16, 2015. Nearly nine million children throughout Afghanistan will be immunized during a three-day national polio immunization drive launched on March 15.The immunization campaign comes shortly after Afghanistan reported its first case of polio virus for 2015, in Helmand, in the Southern Region. Afghanistan and Pakistan are the only two countries in the world to have reported cases of the crippling polio virus in the past eight months and it is increasingly likely that these are the last two countries on Earth with active polio transmission

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A health worker gives polio vaccine drops to a child on the second day of a national campaign in Afghanistan on Monday. Nearly nine million children in the country are being immunised during the three-day programme.

A Royal Air Force Chinook flies over London during a Service of Commemoration for troops who were stationed in Afghanistan on March 13, 2015 in London, England. Royals including the Queen and the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge were joined by veterans and families at St Paul's Cathedral for a service commemorating the end of British involvement in the Afghanistan war.

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A Royal Air Force Chinook flies over London during a Service of Commemoration for troops who were stationed in Afghanistan on Friday in London, England

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Afghan policemen display their skills at a police training centre in Nangarhar Province. 

Male civil society members wear burqas to protest violence against women, ahead of International Women's Day, in Kabul, Afghanistan, Thursday, March 5, 2015. (AP Photo/Massoud Hossaini)

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Male civil society members wear burqas to protest violence against women, ahead of International Women’s Day, in Kabul, Afghanistan

Afghan children sail on a homemade boat in a lake on the outskirts of Kabul, February 24, 2015. Each ride costs 50 Afghanis ($0.87), according to the boatman.

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Afghan children sail on a homemade boat in a lake on the outskirts of Kabul on Tuesday. Each ride costs 50 Afghanis ($0.87)

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Afghan refugee women, clad in a burqa, climb on a truck to be repatriated to Afghanistan, at the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) office on the outskirts of Peshawar

Afghan families watch the live broadcast of the Cricket World Cup match between Afghanistan and Bangladesh at a refugee camp in Kabul...Afghan families watch the live broadcast of the Cricket World Cup match between Afghanistan and Bangladesh at a refugee camp in Kabul February 18, 2015. REUTERS/Omar Sobhani (AFGHANISTAN - Tags: SPORT CRICKET)

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Afghan families watch the live broadcast of the Cricket World Cup match between Afghanistan and Bangladesh at a refugee camp in Kabul on Wednesday.

Afghan shoe-shine boy Sameiullah, 11, leaves his house for the Karta-e-Sakhi cemetery where he waits for customers daily, in Kabul

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Afghan shoe-shine boy Sameiullah, 11, leaves his house for the Karta-e-Sakhi cemetery where he waits for customers daily, in Kabul

Afghan men clean raisins in a factory in Mazar-e-Sharif, Afghanistan

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Afghan men clean raisins in a factory in Mazar-e-Sharif, Afghanistan

Smoke rises in the sky after a suicide car bomb attack in Kunduz province February 10, 2015. Taliban insurgents launched an attack on a police headquarters in northern Afghanistan, provincial police spokesman Sayed Sarwar Hosseini said. At least two policemen were wounded in the attack, and five suicide attackers were killed by Afghan forces, Hosseini reported.  REUTERS/Stringer (AFGHANISTAN - Tags: CIVIL UNREST TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)

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Smoke rises in the sky after a suicide car bomb attack in Kunduz province. Taliban insurgents launched an attack on a police headquarters in northern Afghanistan, provincial police spokesman Sayed Sarwar Hosseini said. At least two policemen were wounded in the attack, and five suicide attackers were killed by Afghan forces.

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.