U.S. soldiers walk through the mountains on patrol in Afghanistan's northeastern Nuristan province in February. The U.S. military is beginning to pull troops out of remote areas such as Nuristan and move them to more populated areas.
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A Palestinian woman works in the kitchen while listening to the TV program Country on a String in the West Bank city of Nablus. The irreverent comedy mocks and often bites the hand that feeds it: the government.