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The damaged hospital in which the Doctors Without Borders medical charity operated is seen following a U.S. airstrike in the northern city of Kunduz. STR/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Smoke rises from Kunduz, Afghanistan on Thursday. Government forces have reportedly retaken the city after it was seized by the Taliban on Monday. AP hide caption

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'A Shocking Development' In The Long Struggle To Hold On To Kunduz

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On May 21, an Afghan child is treated at a Doctors Without Borders hospital in the northern city of Kunduz, after being injured in a fight between the Taliban and Afghan security forces. Shah Marai/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Alleged Taliban militants patrol on an Afghan police vehicle in Kunduz, Afghanistan. The Taliban is believed to have taken control of Kunduz, their first capture of a major urban area since the U.S. invasion of 2001. Stringer/EPA/Landov hide caption

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Afghan security forces and British soldiers inspect the site of a suicide attack in the heart of Kabul, Afghanistan, on Saturday. Three American civilian contractors are reportedly among the dead. Massoud Hossaini/AP hide caption

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Afghan security forces inspect a suicide bombing attack on Aug. 10 near the main gate of Kabul's international airport. It was one of a series of recent attacks in the Afghan capital that have left at least 50 dead. Violence in Afghanistan has increased since U.S. combat troops pulled out last year. Massoud Hossaini/AP hide caption

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A 1998 file photo of Ayman al-Zawahri speaking at a news conference in Khost, Afghanistan. The reclusive al-Qaida leader says he has pledged support to the new chief of the Taliban, Mullah Akhtar Mansoor. Mazhar Ali Khan/AP hide caption

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This photo provided by the U.S. Government, presented during a trial, shows a photo of Irek Hamidullin surrendering after being wounded by U.S. forces in Afghanistan on Nov. 29, 2009. AP hide caption

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