A Pakistani worker labors on a machine in a factory in Kabul, producing boots for the Afghan National Police and Afghan National Army. Higher wages and, in some cases, better security in Afghanistan have drawn workers from Pakistan. Shah Marai/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Afghanistan-bound NATO trucks park on the roadside in Pakistani tribal area of Khyber last October. Whenever there is a problem with international relations, Pakistan closes the border, which keeps supplies from getting to the NATO forces in Afghanistan. But logisticians are constantly assessing other routes — not only through Pakistan, but also from Central Asia. Mohammad Iqbal/AP hide caption

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Former Afghan intelligence chief Amrullah Saleh was among the prominent speakers at the Kabul protest. Kamran Jebreili/AP hide caption

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Cpl. Andrew Collins springs into action seconds after a rocket is fired at the outpost in Charkh, Afghanistan. Combat Outpost Charkh sees as much action as anywhere in Afghanistan, but it's in Logar province, not far from the capital, Kabul. David Gilkey/NPR hide caption

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Captain Elizabeth Jackson of the U.S. 3rd Battalion teeters with an Afghan boy on a playground in southern Afghanistan. Peter Parks /AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai attends the inauguration of the Afghan academic year in Kabul on March 23. Musadeq Sadeq/AP hide caption

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Lt. Col. Brian Filler (left) and Tech. Sgt. John Oliver watch over the Galuch Valley from the top of a mountain in Laghman province in eastern Afghanistan on March 27. They are part of a team of Joint Terminal Attack Controllers for the U.S. Air Force, traveling on the ground with combat troops and coordinating with aircraft to reduce the likelihood of airstrike errors. Quil Lawrence/NPR hide caption

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Afghan National Army soldiers line up with their literacy instruction materials in hand Aug. 7, 2010, at the Capital Division Headquarters. Staff Sgt. Rachel Martinez/USAF via Flickr hide caption

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Children stand on the ruined wall of a house in a hamlet in Lower Khasro, Arghandab. Quil Lawrence/NPR hide caption

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A special tribunal set up by Afghan President Hamid Karzai has urged the president to delay the opening of Afghanistan's parliament, four months after the country's disputed elections. Majid Saeedi/Getty Images hide caption

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An Afghan boy pushes a wheelbarrow past oil tankers parked up near the Afghan-Iran border at Islam Qala on the outskirts of Herat, west of Kabul, Jan. 4. Reza Shirmohammadi/AP hide caption

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U.S. Army Capt. Aaron T. Schwengler (second left) and other U.S. soldiers of the 3rd Battalion, 187 Infantry, B Company talk with Afghan villagers during a patrol in Bangi village, Andar district in Ghazni province, Jan. 6. Shah Marai/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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A U.S. soldier is brought to the emergency room at the U.S. hospital at Bagram Air Field, north of Kabul, after he was wounded by a roadside bomb in Wardak province, June 2009. The facility uses both cutting-edge technology as well as old techniques discovered anew to treat the massive number of wounded soldiers who pass through. Rafiq Maqbool/AP hide caption

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