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Afghan farmer Raifudin Kushkaki shows the spot in his home where he says his 16-year-old son bled to death during a May 14 U.S.-Afghan military raid near Jalalabad, in eastern Afghanistan. Kushkaki says the raid killed nine innocent civilians. U.S. officials say the raid targeted and killed a Taliban operative. Quil Lawrence/NPR hide caption

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'Fighting Season' Underway For Taliban

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Suicide Bomber Strikes NATO Convoy In Afghanistan

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In this photo from February 2010, an Iraqi man in Baghdad looks at a campaign poster for a woman candidate running in Iraq's March elections. By law, 25 percent of Iraq's parliament must be female — which means replacing men who would have won seats. Ali al-Saadi/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Iraqi Women Gear Up For Greater Role In Politics

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Family members mourn Wednesday at the funeral of a victim killed in a bomb attack in Baghdad's Alawi district, a day after six bombs in the capital killed at least 35 people. The outburst of violence is intensifying fears that insurgents are making a return after a postelection political impasse. Ahmad al-Rubaye/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Random Attacks On The Increase In Iraq

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Iraqis inspect the site of a car bomb attack Sunday near the Iranian Embassy in Baghdad. Karim Kadim/AP hide caption

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Iraqi supporters of the Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr gather Friday in a Shiite suburb of Baghdad for a vote on five leading candidates for prime minister in an unofficial referendum. The Sadrists say the purpose of the vote is to let the movement's leadership know whom ordinary people want as their next leader. Ali al-Saadi/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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