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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

Afghan men make special sweets at a traditional factory in preparation for Eid al-Fitr in Kabul...Afghan men make special sweets at a traditional factory during the holy Muslim fasting month of Ramadan in preparation for Eid al-Fitr in Kabul July 24, 2014. REUTERS/Mohammad Ismail (AFGHANISTAN - Tags: RELIGION FOOD TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)

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Afghan men make special sweets at a traditional factory during the holy Muslim fasting month of Ramadan in preparation for the Eid al-Fitr festival in Kabul on Thursday

Militants attack on NATO oil trucks...epa04327133 Afghan fire fighters try to extinguish a burning NATO oil tankers following an attack by alleged militants in Sarharood district of Nangarhar, Afghanistan, 23 July 2014.  EPA/GHULAMULLAH HABIBI

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Afghan firefighters try to extinguish a burning Nato oil tanker following an attack by alleged militants in Sarharood district of Nangarhar, Afghanistan 

A NATO helicopter flies overhead Kabul International Airport, during an attack on the airport in Kabul...A NATO helicopter flies overhead Kabul International Airport, during an attack on the airport in Kabul July 17, 2014. Militants armed with rocket-propelled grenades attacked the airport on Thursday in one of the most audacious assaults on the facility, used by both civilians and the military, in a year. The airport is home to a major operational base for NATO-led forces that have been fighting insurgents for 12 years. REUTERS/Omar Sobhani (AFGHANISTAN - Tags: CIVIL UNREST TRANSPORT POLITICS)

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A Nato helicopter flies over Kabul airport, Afghanistan, during an attack on the terminal by militants armed with rocket-propelled grenades  

Afghan security personnel investigate a damaged minivan which was hit by a remote controlled bomb on the outskirts of Kabul, Afghanistan, Tuesday, July 15, 2014. Gul Agha Hashimi, the chief of criminal investigations with the Kabul police, said the explosion struck the minivan carrying seven staffers of the palace's media office on Tuesday morning. The blast killed two passengers and also wounded five people, including the driver.

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Afghan security personnel investigate a damaged minivan which was hit by a remote controlled bomb on the outskirts of Kabul, Afghanistan on Tuesday

Supporters of Afghan presidential candidate Abdullah Abdullah take down a large portrait of Afghan President Hamid Karzai before a gathering in Kabul July 8, 2014. Abdullah told thousands of supporters on Tuesday he was the winner of last month's run-off election, putting himself on a collision course with his arch-rival, Ashraf Ghani. REUTERS/Omar Sobhani (AFGHANISTAN - Tags: POLITICS ELECTIONS TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)

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Supporters of Afghan presidential candidate Abdullah Abdullah take down a large portrait of Afghan president Hamid Karzai before a gathering in Kabul. Abdullah on Tuesday told thousands of supporters he was the winner of last month’s run-off election, putting himself on a collision course with his rival, Ashraf Ghani.

his photo taken on June 30, 2014 shows an Afghan burqa-clad woman waiting to break fast during the holy month of Ramadan at the Hazrat-e-Ali shrine, or Blue Mosque in Mazar-i-Sharif.    Across the Muslim world, the faithful fast from dawn to dusk, and abstain from eating, drinking, smoking and having sex during that time as they strive to be more pious and charitable.  AFP PHOTO/ Farshad UsyanFA

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An Afghan woman waits to break fast during the holy month of Ramadan at the Hazrat-e-Ali shrine, or Blue Mosque in Mazar-i-Sharif, Afghanistan. Across the Muslim world, the faithful fast from dawn to dusk, and abstain from eating, drinking, smoking and having sex during that time as they strive to be more pious and charitable 

Supporters of Afghan presidential candidate Abdullah Abdullah chant slogans during a protest in Kabul, Afghanistan, Friday, June 27, 2014. Afghanistan's security situation has been complicated by a political crisis stemming from allegations of massive fraud in the recent election to replace President Hamid Karzai, the only leader the country has known since the Taliban regime was ousted nearly 13 years ago. Abdullah Abdullah, one of two candidates who competed a runoff vote on June 14 suspended his relations with the Independent Election Commission after he accused electoral officials of engineering extensive vote rigging, allegations they have denied

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Supporters of Afghan presidential candidate Abdullah Abdullah chant slogans during a protest in Kabul, Afghanistan on Friday

Afghan security forces walk near burning NATO supply trucks after, what police officials say, was an attack by militants in the Torkham area...Afghan security forces walk near burning NATO supply trucks after, what police officials say, was an attack by militants in the Torkham area near the Pakistani-Afghan in Nangarhar Province June 19, 2014. According to officials on Thursday, at least 37 trucks belonging to NATO forces were destroyed after three suicide bombers targeted the NATO supply trucks, with two civilians wounded in the attack.   REUTERS/Parwiz (AFGHANISTAN - Tags: CIVIL UNREST POLITICS)

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Afghan security forces walk near burning Nato supply trucks after what police said was a suicide bombing attack on Thursday by militants in the Torkham area near the Pakistani-Afghan border in Nangarhar province. According to officials at least 37 trucks belonging to Nato forces were destroyed and two civilians wounded in the attack. 

Afghan National Army (ANA) soldiers prepare to leave their base for a patrol at polling stations in the outskirts of Kabul June 12, 2014. The second round of Afghanistan's presidential election will be held on June 14.

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Afghan National Army soldiers prepare to leave their base for a patrol at polling stations in the outskirts of Kabul. The second round of Afghanistan’s presidential elections will be held on June 14

Assasination Attempt Made Against Afghan Presidential Candidate...KABUL, AFGHANISTAN - JUNE 06:  People look at the site of a suicide attack that struck the convoy of presidential candidate Abdullah Abdullah on June 6, 2014 in Kabul, Afghanistan. The Afghan Interior Ministry says a suicide bomber and a roadside bomb struck the convoy as it left a campaign event at a wedding hall in the capital Kabul, killing several civilians but leaving the candidate himself unharmed.  (Photo by Majid Saeedi/Getty Images)

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People look down at the site of a suicide attack that struck the convoy of presidential candidate Abdullah Abdullah in Kabul, Afghanistan. The Afghan Interior Ministry says a suicide bomber and a roadside bomb struck the convoy as it left a campaign event at a wedding hall in the capital Kabul, killing several civilians but leaving the candidate himself unharmed.

An internally displaced Afghan girl pose...An internally displaced Afghan girl poses for a photograph in front of her tent on the outskirts of Herat on May 12, 2014. The number of internally displaced people (IDPs) in the country is currently estimated at some 600,000 and this figure may rise further in 2014, according to the UNHCR Global Appeal 2014-2015. AFP PHOTO/AREF KARIMIAref Karimi/AFP/Getty Images

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An displaced girl poses in front of her tent on the outskirts of Herat, Afghanistan. The number of internally displaced people (IDPs) in the country is estimated to be about 600,000 and this may rise further in 2014, according to the UNHCR Global Appeal 2014-2015 

A wounded child cries after receiving treatment at a hospital following an attack in Ghazni province. The Taliban launched attacks on police checkpoints in three districts of Ghazni province on Monday as part of their annual spring offensive, killing three people and wounding eight, officials said.

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A wounded child cries after receiving treatment at a hospital following an attack in Ghazni province. The Taliban launched attacks on police checkpoints in three districts of Ghazni province on Monday as part of their annual spring offensive.

An Afghan survivor sits in front of his tent near the site of Friday's landslide that buried Abi-Barik village in Badakhshan province, northeastern Afghanistan, Tuesday, May 6, 2014. Hundreds of people were killed in the landslide and authorities tried to help families displaced by the torrent of mud that swept through their village.

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A survivor sits in front of his tent near the site of Friday’s landslide that buried Abi Barik village in Badakhshan province, northeastern Afghanistan, on Tuesday.

An Afghan child looks on as he works at a coal mine which collapsed on Wednesday killing some 40 miners and trapping an unknown number of others in the Dar-i- Suf district of Samangan province, some 200 kms from Mazar-e-Sharif

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A child works at a coal mine which collapsed this week, killing about 40 miners and trapping an unknown number of others in the Dari-Suf district of Samangan province, Afghanistan, some 200km from Mazar-e-Sharif