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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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