Members of the Bravo Company, 1st Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment watch as a massive dust storm is just seconds away from enveloping Patrol Base Fires in Sangin District, Helmand province, southern Afghanistan. Roughly 100,000 service members are in Afghanistan, and their future there is being newly considered in Washington after the death of Osama bin Laden in Pakistan. David Gilkey/NPR hide caption

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Waseh, an Afghan driver working for an international NGO, is trying to cover the license plate containing the number 39 with a blue plastic sheet. He is also 39 years old. Courtesy of Ahmad Shafi hide caption

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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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A girl stands in the middle of a poppy field as Marines pass by on patrol. David Gilkey/NPR hide caption

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1st Lt. Fred Simpson considers a computerized mental exercise designed to improve focus and memory. Simpson was knocked unconscious by a grenade blast in Afghanistan and now receives treatment at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington. Maggie Starbard/NPR hide caption

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In this photo provided by ISAF Regional Command (South), members of Provincial Reconstruction Team Zabul and 1st Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, make their way to the Zabul Juvenile Detention Facility on Wednesday in Qalat, Afghanistan. The effect of al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden's death on the Afghan insurgency is yet to be seen. Brian Ferguson/U.S. Air Force/AP hide caption

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