David Gilkey is seen in 2013 at NPR's Afghanistan bureau as he started a month in the country. David wore silver bracelets on his wrist as a kind of good luck charm. He said every time he had a near-death experience, he let one go. He threw one into the Euphrates River after the second battle of Fallujah. Another went into the Helmand River after he covered the arrival of U.S. Marines in 2009. Graham Paul Smith/NPR hide caption

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David Gilkey Was 'An Incredibly Thoughtful' Photographer In The Midst Of Plight

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Young boys wave smoldering tin cans at cars in Kabul, Afghanistan. The smoke from the seeds inside the cans is believed to ward off evil. Zabihullah Tamanna for NPR hide caption

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'He Had A Great Eye For A Story'

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A member of the Afghan army looks on as an artillery gun fires at Taliban fighters in the hills of Nangahar Province, in eastern Afghanistan, in 2015. NPR photographer David Gilkey, who was killed Sunday, embedded with the Afghan military on multiple occasions to see how it was faring in its fight against the Taliban. David Gilkey/NPR hide caption

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An Afghan commando stands on the tarmac, wearing night vision gear. The elite commandos are about to fly into an area controlled by Taliban fighters. Their mission: to sweep a village for Taliban fighters. David Gilkey/NPR hide caption

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Under U.S. Air Cover, Afghan Commandos Chase The Elusive Taliban

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U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. Chance Henderson, an orthopedic surgeon, stands in the operating theater of the military hospital at Bagram Airfield in Afghanistan. Henderson is fighting to save the leg of a 6-year-old Afghan girl who was shot during a firefight between U.S. and Afghan forces and the Taliban. David Gilkey/NPR hide caption

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Saving 6-Year-Old Ameera, Shot In An Afghan Firefight

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Volunteers stand Saturday near the wreckage of the destroyed vehicle, in which Mullah Akhtar Mansour was allegedly traveling in the Ahmed Wal area in Baluchistan province of Pakistan, near Afghanistan border. Abdul Malik/AP hide caption

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U.S. Drone Strike Killed Taliban Leader, White House, Afghan Government Say

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Injured Doctors Without Borders staff find shelter in a safe room after an airstrike on their hospital in Kunduz, Afghanistan. Anadolu Agency/Getty Images hide caption

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As War Dangers Multiply, Doctors Without Borders Struggles To Adapt

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U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry (left) meets Tajikistan's President Emomalii Rahmon (right) during a visit to the capital Dushanbe, last Nov. 3. The U.S. and Russia are both concerned about the stability of Tajikistan, where Rahmon, who has ruled for two decades, faces growing opposition from Islamists. Critics say he has used the threat to crack down on a wide range of political opponents. Anadolu Agency/Getty Images hide caption

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President Ashraf Ghani (right) and Chief Executive Abdullah Abdullah (left) leave after signing a power-sharing deal in September 2014 at the presidential palace in Kabul. Afghanistan's National Unity Government is now in disarray. Massoud Hossaini/AP hide caption

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Zabihuillah Niazi, a 25-year-old nurse, lost an eye and an arm when an American AC-130 gunship shelled the Medecins Sans Frontieres trauma center in Kunduz, Afghanistan, in October 2015, killing 42 people. Zabihullah Tamanna for NPR hide caption

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On Wednesday, Afghan mourners offer funeral prayers for a victim killed in Tuesday's bomb blast in Kabul. The Taliban said it carried out the brazen assault near the defense ministry, which would mark the first major Taliban attack in the Afghan capital since the insurgents announced the start of this year's fighting season. Shah Marai/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Forester Jorgen Andersson clears trees with his horse, not a tractor. He says he'd never thought of taking an Afghan refugee as an apprentice — especially one who'd never been in a forest before. But now, he says, "I'm happy to do that." Eleanor Beardsley/NPR hide caption

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After Fleeing The Taliban, An Afghan Reinvents Himself In Sweden

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