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US soldier pays respects to a fallen Afghan officer

Shamil Zhumatov / Reuters

U.S. Army Captain Michael Kelvington, commander of the Battle company, 1-508 Parachute Infantry battalion, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division, bows next to remains of Gulam Dostager, a member of Afghan Local Police who was killed in the blast of an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) during the joint Tor Janda (Black Flag in Pashtu) operation, in Zahri district of Kandahar province, southern Afghanistan on May 25.

Shamil Zhumatov / Reuters

Gulam Dostager (C), a member of Afghan Local Police gestures next to U.S.Army soldiers of the Battle company, 1-508 Parachute Infantry battalion, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division, during their joint Tor Janda (Black Flag in Pashtu) operation in Zahri district of Kandahar province, southern Afghanistan on May 25. Dostager was killed shortly after this moment by blast of Improvised Explosive Device (IED).

Shamil Zhumatov / Reuters

Michael Foley, U.S. Army Lieutenant of the Battle company, 1-508 Parachute Infantry battalion, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division, crosses a canal during the joint Tor Janda (Black Flag in Pashtu) operation with Afghan security forces in Zahri district of Kandahar province, southern Afghanistan on May 25.

Baz Ratner / Reuters

More than ten years after the beginning of the war, Afghanistan faces external pressure to reform as well as ongoing internal conflicts.