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Private security contractors guard a part of a route as NATO supply trucks drive past in the province of Ghazni, southwest of Kabul. Intense negotiations continued between Afghan President Hamid Karzai and the international community over the Afghan government's deadline for ridding the nation of private security guards.
Pakistani security personnel stand beside trucks carrying NATO supplies at Torkham, the main border crossing in Pakistan's Khyber district, on Oct. 1. Pakistan halted the convoys on Sept. 30 after officials blamed cross-border NATO helicopter fire for the deaths of three Pakistani soldiers.
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Sgt. 1st Class Phillip Carroll, with the 101st Airborne Division, patrols in the Arghandab River valley outside Kandahar, Afghanistan, this week. Debate in Washington is growing over the scope and duration of continued U.S. military operations in Afghanistan.
Cambodian farmer Leang Korn, 56, cries in front of a portrait of her nephew, who was a prisoner of the Khmer Rouge's Tuol Sleng prison, now turned into a genocide museum, in Phnom Penh, Cambodia.