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Afghanistan, May 2012

Boston.com
With well over a year before American forces pull out of Afghanistan, the conflict there drags on. Every month in The Big Picture, we feature a selection of recent images of events there, from the soldiers and insurgents at war, the people longing for peace, and daily life and culture in the country...
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Tim Harmsen
Tim Harmsen • 1 year ago

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A German soldier keeps watch during a patrol near Taloqan, the capital of Takhar province, on April 2, 2012. Germany is the third biggest supplier of troops to the 128,000-strong NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF), after the US and Britain. (Johannes Eisele/AFP/Getty Images)

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  • Mrs Campbell

    They make some pretty darn nice rugs in Afghanistan, and it is one of their exports.