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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 

Afghan men tend their animals at a livestock market set up for the upcoming Muslim holiday of Eid al-Adha, or "feast of sacrifice," in the center of Kabul, Afghanistan, Monday, Oct. 14, 2013 Muslims all over the world celebrate the three-day Eid al-Adha, by sacrificing sheep, goats, cows and camels, to commemorate the Prophet Abraham's readiness to sacrifice his son, Ismail, on God's command. (AP Photo/Anja Niedringhaus)

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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. 

Men and women attend a meeting for a new political party called Movement for Change in Kabul...Men and women attend a meeting for a new political party called Movement for Change in Kabul, September 26, 2013. Hundreds of men and women gathered to discuss the presidential and parliamentary elections, due in early April next year. REUTERS/Omar Sobhani (AFGHANISTAN - Tags: POLITICS ELECTIONS)

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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. 

Afghanistan society...epa03872131 Afghan children at their camp on the outskirts of Kabul, Afghanistan, 18 September 2013. 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 17 September. The reason was "the process leading up to the appointment of five new members" of the Afghan rights commission, which was "sufficiently flawed" for it to lose its ìAî status, according to Navi Pillay, the United Nations high commissioner for human rights.  EPA/S. SABAWOON

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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 

New Afghan Army recruits stand in formation during a graduation ceremony at the Afghan National Army base on the outskirts of Kabul, Afghanistan, Thursday, Aug. 29, 2013. (AP Photo/Ahmad Jamshid)

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Women from the Afghan Army stand in formation during a graduation ceremony at the Afghan National Army base on the outskirts of Kabul, Afghanistan 

Afghans travel on a bus, on the outskirts of Kabul, Afghanistan, Tuesday, Aug. 27, 2013.

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Afghans travel on a bus, on the outskirts of Kabul, Afghanistan, on Tuesday

Afghan girls from the Mobile Mini Circus Children (MMCC) pose for pictures during a show in Kabul...Afghan girls from the Mobile Mini Circus Children (MMCC) pose for pictures during a show in Kabul August 17, 2013. Afghanistan's Mobile Mini Circus for Children would have been heretical under the Taliban, when music was banned by the Islamic fundamentalist movement and girls were forbidden from performing in public and going to school. But today the circus, founded by Danish dance instructor David Mason to teach cooperation and creativity to children scarred by years of war, is one of few projects expanding despite a drop in international aid to Afghanistan. Picture taken August 17, 2013.    REUTERS/Mohammad Ismail (AFGHANISTAN - Tags: SOCIETY)

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Afghan girls from the Mobile Mini Circus Children (MMCC) pose for pictures during a show in Kabul. Afghanistan‘s Mobile Mini Circus for Children would have been heretical under the Taliban, when music was banned by the Islamic fundamentalist movement and girls were forbidden from performing in public and going to school. But today the circus, founded by Danish dance instructor David Mason to teach co-operation and creativity to children scarred by years of war, is one of only a few such projects expanding in the country. 

An Afghan National Army walks on Nader Khan Hill in Kabul, Afghanistan, Monday, Aug, 19, 2013. Afghan officials mark the country s 94th independence day from Britain with a small military parade and folk festivals in the capital.

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An Afghan National Army soldier walks on Nader Khan Hill in Kabul, Afghanistan. Celebrations to mark the country’s 94th Independence Day from Britain include a small military parade and folk festivals in the capital on Monday

Afghans cover themselves from dust, during a dusty day in Kabul...Afghans cover themselves from dust, during a dusty day in Kabul August 16, 2013. REUTERS/Omar Sobhani (AFGHANISTAN - Tags: SOCIETY ENVIRONMENT)

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Afghans protect themselves from dust in Kabul on Friday

Afghan youths play with kites during sun...Afghan youths play with kites during sunset in Kabul on August 14, 2013.  The Taliban during their rule banned kite flying as un-Islamic on the grounds that it was a waste of time and money and fertile ground for gambling, rather than specifically prohibited in the Koran. AFP PHOTO/ SHAH MaraiSHAH MARAI/AFP/Getty Images

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Afghan youths fly kites at sunset in Kabul, on Wednesday. During Taliban rule the activity was banned as un-Islamic on the grounds that it was a waste of time and money. 

An Afghan man tends to his watermelon stall as he waits for customers at a market in Kabul August 14, 2013.

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A man tends to his watermelon stall as he waits for customers at a market in Kabul, Afghanistan, on Wednesday

Afghan children play with plastic toy guns in Kabul on August 8, 2013. Civilian casualties in the Afghan war rose 23 percent in the first half of this year due to Taliban attacks and increased fighting between insurgents and government forces, the UN said last month. AFP PHOTO/ SHAH MaraiSHAH MARAI/AFP/Getty Images

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Children in Kabul play with plastic toy guns. Civilian casualties in the Afghan war rose 23 per cent in the first half of this year due to Taliban attacks and increased fighting between insurgents and government forces, the UN said last month 

An Afghan man prays to celebrate Eid al-Fitr and the end of the fasting month of Ramadan at the Shah-e Do Shamshira mosque in Kabul on August 8, 2013. Muslims around the world are celebrating Eid al-Fitr this week, marking the end of the holy month of Ramadan during which followers are required to abstain from food, drink and sex from dawn to dusk.

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An Afghan man prays to celebrate Eid al-Fitr, which marks the end of the fasting month of Ramadan, at the Shah-e Do Shamshira mosque in Kabul on Thursday

An Afghan woman waits to receive aid as she stands behind the door of the Afghanistan Chamber of Commerce and Industries (ACCI) during the month of Ramadan in Kabul...An Afghan woman waits to receive aid as she stands behind the door of the Afghanistan Chamber of Commerce and Industries (ACCI) during the month of Ramadan in Kabul August 1, 2013. REUTERS/Mohammad Ismail (AFGHANISTAN - Tags: RELIGION SOCIETY TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)

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An Afghan woman waits to receive aid at the Afghanistan Chamber of Commerce and Industries during the month of Ramadan in Kabul

Afghan vendors unload watermelons from a...Afghan vendors unload watermelons from a truck at a fruit market in Kabul on July 24, 2013, during the holy month of Ramadan. Throughout the month, devout Muslims must abstain from food and drink from dawn until sunset when they break the fast with the Iftar meal. AFP PHOTO/ SHAH MaraiSHAH MARAI/AFP/Getty Images

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Afghan vendors unload watermelons from a truck at a fruit market in Kabul on Wednesday during the holy month of Ramadan. Throughout the month, devout Muslims must abstain from food and drink from dawn until sunset when they break the fast with the Iftar meal.