1. The cast and crew of “Khoaf,” a film by Salim Shaheen, prepare to shoot a scene on the outskirts of Kabul. The film industry in the capital, once banned under the Taliban, is thriving, but a lack of education and modern equipment has made progress challenging. Photo: Jonathan Saruk

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  2. Contestants and VJs gather on stage before the quarter finals of Afghan Star. Though VJs acting like their American counterparts still seems out of context, the show’s German producer says that soon the production values of Afghan television will be on the same level as Western television. Photo: John Wendle

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  3. Afghan firefighters drive one of their new trucks back to the station after extinguishing a fire at a restaurant in Kabul. The Kabul Fire Department has undergone rapid development since the US led invasion, receiving western training and modern equipment, but the service they provide is hampered by poor infrastructure and a lack of public awareness on fire safety. Photo: Jonathan Saruk

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  4. Members of 3rd Platoon, Comanche Company, conduct a joint patrol with members of the Afghan border police in the Terazayi district of Khost Province. An IED exploded a day earlier in this village prompting International Security Assistance Forces to come into town to question residents to find possible eyewitnesses. Photo: Javier Manzano

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  5. An Afghan de-miner searches for buried mines and unexploded ordnance (UXO) on a mountainside in Bamyan Province. Landmines and UXO continue to pose a serious threat to Afghan civilians - killing, wounding and maiming hundreds a year. Photo: Jake Simkin

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  6. A wounded Afghan Army soldier lies fighting for his life in a U.S. military intensive care unit. Though NATO has promoted the fighting ability of the newly trained Afghan army, most observers - and Afghan soldiers themselves - worry over the lack of logistical, medical and financial support they will face once the U.S. withdraws. Photo: Pieter Ten Hoopen

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  7. A Toyota Corolla, a ubiquitous sight in Kabul, rolls past a richly decorated house and one of many armed guards in the Wazir Akbar Khan area of Kabul, a wealthy enclave of NGOs, government offices and embassies. Photo: Mikhail Galustov

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  8. Afghan soldiers learn how to clean and reassemble AK-47 automatic rifles on the range at Camp Zafar in Herat Province. Photo: Lorenzo Tugnoli

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  9. A child laborer rests as laborers stack bricks at a brick factory in Kabul. Photo: Jonathan Saruk

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