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Pakistani villagers dig out their belongings from the rubble of homes destroyed by an earthquake in Shangla in Swat Valley, Pakistan. Naveed Ali/AP hide caption

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On the first day of the Soviet withdrawal from Afghanistan in May 1988, an Afghan soldier hands a flag to a departing Soviet soldier in Kabul. "This was the first time journalists had full access to Kabul," Robert Nickelsberg says. It marked his first year covering Afghanistan. "It was a historical turning point for the Cold War and actually foreshadows the chaos that will descend on the country." Courtesy of Robert Nickelsberg/Getty Images hide caption

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Next Year Could Mark The End Of Polio

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Russian President Vladimir Putin (right) greets Syrian President Bashar Assad in the Kremlin in Moscow on Tuesday. It was Assad's first known trip abroad since the Syrian war broke out in 2011. To bolster Assad, Russia recently began bombing opposition groups in Syria. However, Russian efforts to help embattled leaders have often failed. Alexei Druzhinin/AP hide caption

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U.S. Army soldiers walk as a NATO helicopter flies overhead at coalition force Forward Operating Base (FOB) Connelly in the Khogyani district in the eastern province of Nangarhar on August 13, 2015. Wakil Kohsar/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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How U.S. Troops Will Exit Afghanistan Remains Unclear

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President Obama salutes prior to boarding Air Force One last Friday. The president entered office saying he would end the U.S. role in the Iraq and Afghan wars. But U.S. forces were sent back to Iraq last year and he announced Thursday that 5,500 American troops would remain in Afghanistan beyond their previously planned departure at the end of 2016. Pablo Martinez Monsivais/AP hide caption

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Meet The Cool Girls At A High School In Kabul: #15Girls

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U.S. soldiers in Afghanistan walk away from a helicopter at Forward Operating Base Connelly in the eastern province of Nangarhar on Aug. 13. The U.S. formally ended combat operations in Afghanistan at the end of last year. But nearly 10,000 American troops remain in the country and the U.S. frequently carries out air sorties. Fourteen American military personnel have died in Afghanistan this year. Wakil Kohsar/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Doctors Without Borders President Joanne Liu (right) is calling for an international fact-finding investigation into a U.S. airstrike on one of the charity's hospitals. Fabrice Coffrini/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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The burned Doctors Without Borders hospital is seen after explosions in the northern Afghan city of Kunduz on Saturday. Doctors Without Borders says 12 staff members and 10 patients were killed in the attack and 37 others were wounded. AP hide caption

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