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Afghan miners in a makeshift emerald mine in the Panjshir Valley in 2010. Reports suggest that Afghanistan is sitting on significant deposits of oil, gas, copper, iron, gold and coal, as well as a range of precious gems like emeralds and rubies. Currently these minerals are largely untapped and are still being mapped. Majid Saeedi/Getty Images hide caption

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Afghans gather outside a military base in the Panjwai district in Afghanistan on March 11, after 16 civilians were killed in a massacre allegedly carried out by a U.S. soldier. Allauddin Khan/AP hide caption

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No Major Violence In Afghanistan After Killings

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Afghan Lawmakers Call For Soldier's Trial

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U.S. Soldier Accused Of Killing 16 Afghan Villagers

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U.S. Soldier Accused Of Afghan Killings

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Afghan female police officers are trained by Afghan police and NATO soldiers in eastern Afghanistan's Ghazni province on Sept. 12. In the culturally conservative country, women serving in the security forces say they face systemic sexual coercion and even rape by male colleagues. STR/EPA/Landov hide caption

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For Afghan Policewomen, Sex Abuse Is A Job Hazard

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Afghan Violence Continues Over Quran Burning

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Afghan demonstrators burn an effigy of President Obama and shout anti-U.S. slogans in the eastern city of Jalalabad on Wednesday, Feb. 22. Afghans have been rioting for three days after word that several Qurans were desecrated at a NATO base. The U.S. says the burning of the Qurans was accidental. Noorullah Shirzada/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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U.S. Apology Over Qurans Fails To Stop Afghan Riots

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