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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 

Afghan Local Police (ALP) cadets look ou...Afghan Local Police (ALP) cadets look out from windows during their graduation ceremony at a police training centre in Mazar-i-Sharif on August 22, 2013. Afghan police have been killed and injured since March 21 in what would be an astonishing rate of around 22 a day. Afghanistan's 350,000-strong security forces have suffered a steep rise in attacks as the NATO combat mission winds down.

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Local Afghan police cadets take a window seat at their graduation ceremony at a police training centre in Mazar-i-Sharif, the fourth-largest city of Afghanistan, on Thursday. Afghan police have been killed and injured since March 21 this year in what would be an astonishing rate of about 22 a day. Afghanistan’s 350,000-strong security forces have experienced a steep rise in attacks as the Nato combat mission winds down 

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. 

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

A former Taliban fighter looks on during...A former Taliban fighter looks on during a ceremony after joining Afghan government forces in Herat on August 7, 2013. About 100,000 foreign combat troops, 68,000 of them from the US, are due to exit by the end of 2014, and NATO formally transferred responsibility for nationwide security to Afghan forces a week ago. AFP PHOTO/ Aref KarimAref iKarimi/AFP/Getty Images

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A former Taliban fighter looks on during a ceremony after joining Afghan government forces in Herat on Wednesday. About 100,000 foreign combat troops, 68,000 of them from the US, are due to leave by the end of 2014, and NATO formally transferred responsibility for nationwide security to Afghan forces a week ago. 

An Afghan policeman talks to a civilian standing behind a door near the site of a suicide attack in Kabul...An Afghan policeman talks to a civilian standing behind a door near the site of a suicide attack in Kabul July 2, 2013. Taliban insurgents including a suicide bomber in a truck killed six people in the attack on a foreign logistics and supply company in Kabul on Tuesday. REUTERS/Mohammad Ismail (AFGHANISTAN - Tags: CIVIL UNREST TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)

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An Afghan policeman on Tuesday talks to a civilian standing behind a door near the site of a suicide attack in Kabul. Taliban insurgents including a suicide bomber in a truck killed six people in the attack on a foreign logistics and supply company in the city. 

An Afghan security force stands guard as a ambulance arrive near entrance gate of the Presidential palace in Kabul

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An Afghan security force stands guard as an ambulance arrives near the entrance gate of the presidential palace in Kabul on Tuesday after Taliban militants targeted the palace and the CIA office.

Afghan Local Police (ALP) attend their g...Afghan Local Police (ALP) attend their graduation ceremony in Laghman province on June 24, 2013. Afghan forces took control of security across the country on June 18, marking a major milestone as US-led combat troops prepare to withdraw after 12 years of fighting the Taliban. AFP PHOTO/ Noorullah ShirzadaNoorullah Shirzada/AFP/Getty Images

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Afghan local police attend their graduation ceremony in Laghman Province on Monday. Afghan forces took control of security across the country on June 18, marking a milestone as US-led troops prepare to withdraw after 12 years of fighting the Taliban

Iraqi citizens are searched before casting their votes during the country's provincial elections in Fallujah, Iraq, Thursday, June 20, 2013. Iraqis in two Sunni-dominated provinces voted Thursday in provincial elections marked by tight security measures that left streets in former insurgent strongholds largely deserted. (AP Photo/Khalid Mohammed)

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Iraqi citizens are searched before casting their votes during the country’s provincial elections in Fallujah, Iraq, on Thursday. Iraqis in two Sunni-dominated provinces voted Thursday in provincial elections marked by tight security measures that left streets in former insurgent strongholds largely deserted