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An Afghan National Army soldger who survived a road side bomb explosion, walks by the site of the blast in Kabul, Afghanistan, Tuesday, Oct. 21, 2014. At least four Afghan soldiers have been killed in the attack in the capital.

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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.

An Afghan youth sits astride the gun barrel of a Soviet-era tank, in Kabul, Afghanistan, 29 August 2014. Soviet troops occupied the country for ten years from 1979 to 1989.

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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

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.

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 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.

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.

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 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. 

An Afghan honour  guard stands next to pictures of late Afghan Vice President Field Marshal Mohammed Qasim Fahim outside his house in Kabul, Afghanistan, Monday, March 10, 2014. Afghanistan's influential Vice President Fahim, a leading commander in the alliance that fought the Taliban who was later accused with other warlords of targeting civilian areas during the country's civil war, died on Sunday. He was 57.

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An Afghan honour guard stands next to pictures of late Afghan vice-president Mohammed Qasim Fahim outside his house in Kabul, Afghanistan on Monday. Afghanistan’s influential vice-president, a leading commander in the alliance that fought the Taliban who was later accused with other warlords of targeting civilian areas during the country’s civil war, died on Sunday of natural causes. He was 57.

Supporters of Afghan presidential candidate Abdullah Abdullah throw shredded paper on his head as they welcome him during a campaign rally in Deh Sabz district on the outskirts of Kabul, Afghanistan. Eleven Afghan presidential candidates are campaigning in the presidential election scheduled for April.

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Supporters of Afghan presidential candidate Abdullah Abdullah throw shredded paper on his head as they welcome him during a campaign rally in Deh Sabz district on the outskirts of Kabul, Afghanistan. Eleven Afghan presidential candidates are campaigning in the presidential election scheduled for April.

An Afghan internally displaced mother holds her children as she sits on the ground at her home in a poor neighborhood in Kabul, Afghanistan, Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2014.

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An internally displaced mother holds her children as she sits on the ground at her home in a poor neighbourhood in Kabul, Afghanistan 

TOPSHOTS An Afghan balloon vendor walks ...TOPSHOTS An Afghan balloon vendor walks along a street in Kabul on February 18, 2014. Some nine million Afghans or 36 percent of the population are living in "absolute poverty" while another 37 percent live barely above the poverty line, according to a UN report. AFP PHOTO/Nicolas ASFOURINICOLAS ASFOURI/AFP/Getty Images

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An Afghan balloon seller walks along a street in Kabul. About 9m Afghans, or 36% of the population, are living in ‘absolute poverty’ while another 37% t live barely above the poverty line, according to a UN report. 

An Afghan man pushes his cart at Shuhada...An Afghan man pushes his cart at Shuhada Lake in Kabul on February 10, 2014.   Afghanistan's economy is recovering from decades of conflict but despite the significant improvement in the last decade it is extremely poor, landlocked, and highly dependent on foreign aid.   AFP PHOTO/ Wakil KohsarWAKIL KOHSAR/AFP/Getty Images

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An Afghan man pushes his cart along the shore of Shuhada lake in Kabul, Afghanistan

An Afghan resident walks during snowfall in Kabul on February 6, 2014. The Afghan capital has experienced its second heavy snowfall of the winter.

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An Afghan resident walks during snowfall in Kabul on Thursday. The Afghan capital has experienced its second heavy snowfall of the winter.

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Women arrive for treatment at a mobile clinic provided by the Afghan Family Guidance Association, in Kabul 

Members of the Afghan Loya Jirga attend a meeting in Kabul, Afghanistan, Thursday, Nov. 21, 2013. Afghan President Hamid Karzai has told a gathering of elders that he supports signing a security deal with the United States if safety and security conditions are met. Karzai spoke as the 2,500-member national consultative council of Afghan elders known as the Loya Jirga started in Kabul on Thursday. The four-day meeting will discuss the bilateral security pact that defines the role of thousands of U.S. troops who will remain after the NATO combat mission ends in 2014.

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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, 18, right, poses for a photograph as he works at a charcoal shop on the outskirts of Kabul, Afghanistan, Monday, Nov. 4, 2013. As winter is approaching, wood and charcoal are getting expensive among all other necessities for most Afghans.

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Qudrat, who works at a charcoal shop on the outskirts of Kabul, Afghanistan, on Monday.

Afghan boys play on a destroyed car in Kabul...Afghan boys play on a destroyed car in Kabul October 22, 2013.  REUTERS/Mohammad Ismail

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Boys play on a burnt out car in Kabul, Afghanistan