The gray line in the upper left comes from an aerial view of Afghanistan's crucial Highway 1, the main route between Kabul and Kandahar, the two biggest cities. U.S. forces are still working to secure the route which runs through lush farm valleys and the high desert terrain.
Afghan policewomen take part in a training exercise in the western province of Herat in 2011. Policewomen face frequent sexual harassment and assaults, often carried out by policemen, human rights groups say.
Anne Smedinghoff, 25, was killed April 6, in southern Afghanistan. She was the first American diplomat to die on the job since last year's attack in Benghazi, Libya.
Tom Smedinghoff via AP