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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 in Afghanistan
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.
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.
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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 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.
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 on Friday. Soviet Union troops occupied Afghanistan for ten years from 1979
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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 on Monday
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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 during the holy Muslim fasting month of Ramadan in preparation for the Eid al-Fitr festival in Kabul on Thursday
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 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 on Tuesday
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.
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 on Friday
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 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