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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

Afghan children pose for a photograph holding images of victims of war during a memorial ceremony in front of the destroyed palace of Darul Aman in Kabul. Members of the Transitional Justice Group, survivors and civil society activists gathered to pay tribute to the memory of those killed during the last three decades of war in Afghanistan.

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Afghan children pose for a photograph holding images of victims of war during a memorial ceremony in front of the destroyed palace of Darul Aman in Kabul. Members of the Transitional Justice Group, survivors and civil society activists gathered to pay tribute to the memory of those killed during the last three decades of war in Afghanistan.

Afghan worker prepares candies at a factory in Herat, Afghanistan, 16 April 2014. The economy of Afghanistan has improved significantly since 2002 due to the induction of billions of dollars in international aid and investments. The recent improvement is also due to remarkable progress in agricultural production especially Grapes, Pomegranates, Apricots, melons and superior Potatoes.

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An Afghan worker prepares candies at a factory in Herat, Afghanistan on Wednesday. The nation’s economy has improved significantly since 2002 due to billions of dollars in international aid and investments.

An Afghan boy carries election material on his back to polling stations which are not accessible by road in Shutul, Panjshir province, April 4, 2014. The Afghan presidential elections will be held on April 5.

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A boy carries election material to polling stations inaccessible by road in Shutul, Panjshir province, Afghanistan. Presidential elections will be held on Saturday.

A supporter of Afghan presidential candidate Abdullah Abdullah attends the final day of election campaigning outside Kabul...A supporter of Afghan presidential candidate Abdullah Abdullah attends the final day of election campaigning outside Kabul April 2, 2014. The Afghan presidential elections will be held on April 5.  REUTERS/Ahmad Masood (AFGHANISTAN - Tags: POLITICS ELECTIONS TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)

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A supporter of Afghan presidential candidate Abdullah Abdullah attends the final day of election campaigning near Kabul. Elections are to be held on Saturday 

Afghan girls hold flags during a campaign rally for Afghan presidential candidate Abdullah Abdullah in Herat, Afghanistan. The writing on the flags reads, "number 1," which refers to Abdullah's number on ballot papers. Eight Afghan presidential candidates are campaigning for the third presidential election. Elections will take place on April 5, 2014.

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Girls wave flags at a campaign rally for Afghan presidential candidate Abdullah Abdullah, in Herat. The flags read “number 1 , Abdullah’s number on ballot papers. Eight candidates are campaigning for the country’s third presidential election, to be held on April 5.

Boy waves a flag with an election rally poster of Afghan presidential candidate Rassoul during an election campaign in Bagram

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A boy waves presidential candidate Zalmai Rassoul’s election campaign flag in Bagram, Afghanistan on Tuesday.

TOPSHOTS An Afghan girl holds a mannequi...TOPSHOTS An Afghan girl holds a mannequin as she and her playmates look on in the old part of the northwestern city of Herat on March 31, 2014. Presidential candidates have been holding election rallies across the country for the the upcoming presidential elections on April 5, to choose a successor to President Hamid Karzai, who was barred constitutionally from seeking a third term. AFP PHOTO/BEHROUZ MEHRIBEHROUZ MEHRI/AFP/Getty Images

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Afghan children play in the old part of the northwestern city of Herat. Presidential candidates have been holding rallies across the country for the upcoming presidential elections on April 5, to choose a successor to President Hamid Karzai

Supporters of Afghan presidential candid...Supporters of Afghan presidential candidate Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai listen to his campaign address during a political rally in the northern Afghan city of Mazar-i-Sharif on March 31, 2014. Afghans will go to the polls on April 5 to choose a new President.

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Supporters of Afghan presidential candidate Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai listen to his campaign address during a political rally in the northern Afghan city of Mazar-i-Sharif on Monday. Afghans will go to the polls on April 5 to choose a new President.