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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. 

Afghan residents queue to receive their voter cards for the upcoming presidential election at a voter registration centre in Herat on March 31, 2014. Crowds queued up outside voter registration centres in Afghanistan and presidential candidates held large outdoor rallies for supporters five days ahead of elections that have been shaken by Taliban attacks. The vote, which will choose a successor to President Hamid Karzai, comes as US-led foreign troops withdraw after 13 years of fighting the fierce Islamist insurgency raging across the south and east of the country.

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Voters queue to receive their polling cards, for the upcoming presidential election in Afghanistan, at a registration centre in Herat on Monday. Presidential candidates held large outdoor rallies five days ahead of elections that have been shaken by Taliban attacks.

A supporter of Afghan presidential candidate Zalmai Rassoul carries chairs as he prepares for an election rally in Panshir, northern Afghanistan, March 28, 2014. Afghan presidential elections will be held on April 5.

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A supporter of Afghan presidential candidate Zalmai Rassoul carries chairs as he prepares for an election rally in Panshir, northern Afghanistan. Afghan presidential elections will be held on April 5.

Supporters of Afghan presidential candidate Zalmai Rassoul prepare to leave after an election rally in Mazar-I-Shariff...Supporters of Afghan presidential candidate Zalmai Rassoul prepare to leave after an election rally in Mazar-i-Shariff, northern Afghanistan March 27, 2014. The Afghan presidential election will be held on April 5. REUTERS/Ahmad Masood (AFGHANISTAN - Tags: POLITICS ELECTIONS TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)

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Supporters of Afghan presidential candidate Zalmai Rassoul prepare to leave after an election rally in Mazari Sharif in northern Afghanistan. The Afghan presidential election will be held on April 5.

In this Wednesday, March 12, 2014 photo, school children pass by a graffiti reading, "ballot not bullet" on their way back home on the outskirts of Kandahar, southern Afghanistan. Warlords with a violent past have played a role in influencing Afghan politics since a U.S.-led coalition helped oust the Taliban in 2001. But they are emerging to play an overt political role in next monthís presidential elections as President Hamid Karzai leaves the scene. (AP Photo/Anja Niedringhaus)

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School children pass a graffiti reading “ballot not bullet” on the outskirts of Kandahar, southern Afghanistan. Warlords with a violent past have played a role in influencing Afghan politics since a US-led coalition helped oust the Taliban in 2001. But they are emerging to play an overt political role in next month’s presidential elections as President Hamid Karzai leaves office. 

Danny Berube holds his son Jaxx in front...Danny Berube holds his son Jaxx in front of him during welcoming ceremonies for the last Canadian troops to leave Afghanistan, as they returned to Canadian soil, in Ottawa, Ontario on March 18, 2014. AFP PHOTO/ Cole BurstonCole Burston/AFP/Getty Images

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Danny Berube holds his son Jaxx during welcoming ceremonies for the last Canadian troops to leave Afghanistan, as they returned to Ottawa, Ontario. 

Afghan women line up to have their picture taken to register for the upcoming presidential elections in a school in Kabul, Afghanistan, Tuesday, March 18, 2014. Last minute registration of voters continues despite the fact that more than 21 million voter registration cards have been issued while only roughly 12 million Afghans are eligible to vote. The discrepancy is the result of repeated registrations since the first round of elections in Afghanistan in 2004. (AP Photo/Anja Niedringhaus)

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Women in Afghanistan line up to have their picture taken at a school in Kabul, Afghanistan to register for presidential elections. Last-minute registration of voters continues despite more than 21 million voter registration cards having been issued while only roughly 12 million Afghans are eligible to vote. The discrepancy is the result of repeated registrations since the first round of elections in Afghanistan in 2004.