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Zalmay Khalilzad Appointed As U.S. Special Adviser To Afghanistan

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Afghan President Ashraf Ghani addresses a news conference last month at the presidential palace in the capital, Kabul, where the government was hosting U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo. Rahmat Gul/AP hide caption

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Afghan volunteers carry an injured woman on a stretcher to a hospital in Ghazni province on Sunday. The Taliban assault on the city of Ghazni has resulted in intense gun battles and hundreds of casualties. Mohammad Anwar Danishyar/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Maria Toorpakai, a top squash player from Pakistan, is the star of a PBS documentary airing on July 23. Richard Lautens/Toronto Star via Getty Images hide caption

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Afghan Muslims celebrated the start of the Eid al-Fitr holiday on Friday. An attack on Saturday disturbed the peace, leaving dozens of casualties. Noorullah Shirzada/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Pigeons fly into the air as Muslims offer prayers at the start of the Eid al-Fitr holiday, which marks the end of Ramadan, at the Shah-e Do Shamshira Mosque in Kabul on Friday. This Eid, Afghans welcomed the start of the Taliban's first cease-fire since the 2001 U.S. invasion Noorullah Shirzada/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Once Ruled By Taliban, Residents Of Pakistan's Swat Valley Say Army Should Leave

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Scholars from Afghanistan, Pakistan and Indonesia attended a conference on Friday to discuss stability in Afghanistan. Indonesian President Joko Widodo (center) shakes hands with Qibla Ayaz, chairman of Pakistan's Council of Islamic Ideology. Dita Alangkara/AP hide caption

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Afghan President Ashraf Ghani shakes hands with a foreign delegate at the Kabul Process conference in the country's capital Wednesday. During the conference, Ghani called on the Taliban to participate in peace talks with the Afghan government. Shah Marai/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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A U.S. Army helicopter crew chief scans the ground near Mazar-e-Sharif, Afghanistan in June 2017. Capt. Brian Harris/AP hide caption

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After 16 Years, Afghanistan War Is 'At Best A Grinding Stalemate,' Journalist Says

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A member of the Afghan local police on patrol in Nangarhar province. U.S. and Afghan forces are currently working to remove ISIS fighters from the area. Andrew Renneisen/Getty Images hide caption

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Security forces guard the site of a clash between gunmen and security forces in Kabul on Monday. Gunmen stormed a partially constructed building near an intelligence training center, triggering a gun battle with security forces as detonations and shooting reverberated from the area. Massoud Hossaini/AP hide caption

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U.S. Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl is escorted into the Ft. Bragg military courthouse for the sentencing proceedings on Thursday in Ft. Bragg, N.C. Sara D. Davis/Getty Images hide caption

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Attorneys for Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl — Eugene R. Fidell, left, and Army Lt. Col. Franklin D. Rosenblatt — leave the Ft. Bragg military courthouse on Thursday in Ft. Bragg, N.C. Sara D. Davis/Getty Images hide caption

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U.S. Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl enters the Fort Bragg military courthouse for his sentencing hearing on Wednesday in Fort Bragg, N.C. Sara D. Davis/Getty Images hide caption

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At Bowe Bergdahl's Sentencing, Navy SEAL Describes Being Shot During Search

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