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Farahnaz Mohammadi (left) and her cousin Fatima Almi both worry that the gains made by Afghan women since 2001 will be in jeopardy after a U.S.-Taliban deal is signed. Diaa Hadid/NPR hide caption

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A Park In Kabul Gives Afghans Respite From The City, If Not From Worries Over Taliban

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Artificial flowers decorate barbed wire fence as Soviet army troops stop in Kabul, Afghanistan, in May 1988. The Soviet Union invaded Afghanistan in December 1979 to shore up the pro-Soviet regime in Kabul. Douglas E. Curran/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Many Russians Today Take Pride In Afghan War That Foretold Soviet Demise

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Robert Gates in June 2011 during his final official news conference as secretary of defense. Jason Reed /Reuters/Landov hide caption

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Robert Gates on the emotions he felt when writing condolence letters

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Robert Gates in June 2011, his last month as secretary of defense. Alex Brandon/AP hide caption

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