A child plays on the outskirts of Herat, Afghanistan. Economic development is seen as vital in stopping the country from sinking back into civil war and in stemming Islamist extremism when 100,000 international troops pull out
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A soldier kisses goodbye as more than 90 Dutch troops depart from Eindhoven airbase for Mazar-e-Sharif, Afghanistan, to replace forces stationed in Kunduz.
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An Afghan family walks during sunset in Herat on Tuesday. Over a third of Afghans are living in abject poverty, a UN report said.
A member of the Afghan security forces watches burning Nato supply trucks after what police officials say was an attack by militants in the Torkham area near the Pakistani-Afghan border in Jalalabad Province. The attack killed one police officer and wounded three others, according to the police.
Women arrive for treatment at a mobile clinic provided by the Afghan Family Guidance Association, in Kabul
Aisha 11, carries coal to be used for cooking and heating from a brick-making factory in Jalalabad, Afghanistan
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Newly qualified midwives attend a commencement ceremony at the Governor’s House in Jalalabad, Nangarhar Province, Afghanistan. About 40 midwives graduated after undergoing a two and half year midwifery programme.
Afghan women collecting saffron flowers from fields in the Gozara district of Herat. Saffron is prized for its colour, flavour and medicinal properties. It has been indicated as an alternative to opium, and the price and demand for it is increasing.
Members of the Afghan Loya Jirga attend a meeting in Kabul, Afghanistan. President Hamid Karzai has told a gathering of elders that he supports signing a security deal with the US if safety and security conditions are met.
Qudrat, who works at a charcoal shop on the outskirts of Kabul, Afghanistan, on Monday.
Afghan women wait to receive medical treatment at a local hospital in Kabul, Afghanistan. In rural areas women are not allowed to seek medical help from a male doctor. Afghanistan has the second-highest maternal mortality rate in the world.
Former Taliban militants stand behind a rusty old light machine gun as they surrender their weapons under a US-backed Afghan government amnesty programme, in Herat, Afghanistan on Wednesday. Hundreds of anti-government militants have surrendered to the government under an amnesty programme launched in 2004 by Hamid Karzai, Afghan president.
Boys play on a burnt out car in Kabul, Afghanistan
Afghan men tend their animals at a livestock market set up for the Muslim holiday of Eid al-Adha, or “feast of sacrifice”, in Kabul, Afghanistan. Muslims all over the world celebrate the three-day Eid al-Adha, which starts on Monday, by sacrificing sheep, goats, cows and camels, to commemorate the Prophet Abraham’s readiness to sacrifice his son, Ismail, on God’s command.
A health worker administers a polio vaccination to a child in Herat, Afghanistan, at the start of a three-day nationwide immunisation campaign against polio, supported by the country’s Ministry of Public Health
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German soldiers walk to a Transall C-160 transport aircraft at the airport of Kunduz, Afghanistan on Thursday. The German Bundeswehr is in the process of terminating its mission in the north Afghan province of Kunduz. The last German soldiers will leave the camp by the end of October after its official transfer to the Afghanistan army and police has been completed.
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Men and women on Thursday attend a meeting for new political party Movement for Change in Kabul. Hundreds of people gathered to discuss the presidential and parliamentary elections, due next April.
Afghan children at their camp on the outskirts of Kabul, Afghanistan. Afghanistan’s independent human rights commission might lose its “A” status in the upcoming review, which might affect its work and funding, UN and Afghan officials said on Tuesday
An Afghan refugee child drinks water leaking from a public water point on the outskirts of Islamabad, Pakistan. Pakistan hosts over 1.6 million registered Afghans, the largest and most protracted refugee population in the world