An Afghan girl on the outskirts of Kabul, Afghanistan, in October 2016. The U.N. mission in Afghanistan says the number of children killed or wounded increased 24 percent last year.
American soldiers are pictured during a welcome ceremony at the Polish-German border in Olszyna, Poland on January 12, 2017. U.S. troops are being deployed in Poland under Operation Atlantic Resolve. The troops will be followed by 87 tanks, 144 Bradley fighting vehicles and 2,500 vehicles being transported by land from Germany.
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An Estonian soldier takes aim during a training exercise at Tapa Army Base, Estonia, on Nov. 17. U.S. troops were also taking part in the training, about 70 miles from the border with Russia. NATO countries are stepping up their presence in Eastern Europe at a time of rising tensions with Russia.
The U.S. Air Force Honor Guard carries the remains of World War II pilot Elaine Harmon during services on Wednesday at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Va.
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Ameera, 6, walks with assistance at the Craig Joint Theater Hospital at Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan. She is recovering from a gunshot wound sustained when she was caught in a firefight between U.S. and Afghan soldiers and Taliban insurgents.
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A MiG-21 fighter — a leftover monument from the Soviet era — is the centerpiece of the Aviators Neighborhood in Deveselu, Romania. Now the base has become a U.S. Navy facility that is part of NATO's anti-missile shield for Europe.
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Zabihuillah Niazi, a 25-year-old nurse, lost an eye and an arm when an American AC-130 gunship shelled the Medecins Sans Frontieres trauma center in Kunduz, Afghanistan, in October 2015, killing 42 people.
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Defense Secretary Ash Carter (left) and Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Joseph Dunford, speak at the Pentagon on Friday. They announced that U.S. forces killed a senior Islamic State leader in an airstrike.
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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.
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