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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
An Afghan shoe maker works at his shop in Herat, Afghanistan, Tuesday
Afghan men carry a wounded man at the site of an explosion in Kabul, Afghanistan. A large explosion struck close to Kabul airport on Monday, causing at least 10 casualties near to the area where a suicide bomber blew himself up earlier in the day
Corporal Kevin Glover (28) from Palnacki, Dumfries and Galloway, piping outside the battalion s base at Camp Qargha to celebrate St Andrew s Day
Afghan children displaced from Faryab, Badghis and Ghor province, stand outside a temporary shelter at an Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) camp in Herat, Afghanistan, on Thursday
An Afghan worker walks next to coal blocks to be crushed and sold as fuel source during winters in Kabul, Afghanistan, on Wednesday
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An Afghan refugee girl peers through the curtain of her temporary home on the outskirts of Kabul, Afghanistan today.
Afghan laborers work at a charcoal shop in Kabul, Afghanistan, Monday. In the winter, prices of wood and charcoal rise among all other necessities for Afghans
Afghan men sit in an exam to join Afghan National Army in Herat, Afghanistan. Afghan national security forces took over full responsibility for the country’s security on 01 January 2015, as NATO-led coalition forces ended their 13-year-old active combat mission and started a new phase providing training, advice, and assistance, however, the country has since experienced an increase in attacks.
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Afghan Shia Muslims flagellate themselves during an Ashura procession in Kabul, Afghanistan on Tuesday
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Afghan farmer harvests rice on the outskirts of Herat, Afghanistan, on Tuesday. The Afghan government is encouraging farmers to grow wheat, rice and vegetables instead of opium
An Afghan labourer pushes his wheelbarrow at a brick factory on the outskirts of Kabul on Thursday
An Afghan policeman holds a gun on his sholder a day after Taliban insurgents overran the strategic northern city of Kunduz. Afghanistan on Tuesday, mobilised reinforcements for a counter-offensive to take back Kunduz, a day after Taliban insurgents overran the strategic northern city in their biggest victory since being ousted from power in 2001
An Afghan boy eats an ice cream as he waits for customers at a livestock market ahead of the sacrificial Eid al-Adha festival in Mazar-i-Sharif on Monday. Muslims across the world are preparing to celebrate annual festival of Eid al-Adha or the festival of sacrifice which marks the end of the Hajj pilgrimage to Mecca
Afghan boy Amir Hosein, aged 8, who was seriously injured in a bombing that killed his mother, waits with his extended family at Keleti station in Budapest for a train to Austria on Tuesday in Budapest, Hungary.
An Afghan policeman stands guard as smoke and flames rise from the site of a huge blast struck near the entrance of Kabul’s international airport, in Kabul. A huge blast struck near the entrance of Kabul’s international airport on Monday during the peak lunchtime period, officials said, warning that heavy casualties were expected. “The explosion occurred at the first check point of Kabul airport,” said deputy Kabul police chief Sayed Gul Agha Rouhani.
Afghan farmers carry bundles of wheat during harvest, on the outskirts of Mazar-i-Sharif
An Afghan woman waits to get medical treatment at the refugee camp in Herat, Afghanistan on Monday. The camp provides refugees with basic medical treatment, education, food and hygiene
A young Afghan refugee pauses as she plays with others in Manrha refugee camp on the outskirts of Herat on Thursday