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US soldiers patrol in Kandahar province

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An Afghan villager holds-up his eyelids as he is processed for biodata by a soldier from 3rd Platoon, Delta company of the US Army during a patrol at Nevay-deh village in Kandahar province on Sept. 5.

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An Afghan villager rides a donkey towards soldiers from 3rd platoon, Delta company of the US army at Nevay-deh village in Kandahar province on Sept. 5.

Members of the U.S. Army and the Afghan National Army partake in a joint patrol near the Nevay-deh village in Kandahar province on Wednesday, according to Agence France Presse. NATO's Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen expressed "deep concerns" regarding the increase of attacks by Afghan soldiers on international forces, NBC News reports:

Hundreds of Afghan service members have been arrested and expelled after a string of rogue shootings killed dozens of NATO personnel, the country's Ministry of Defense said Wednesday.

Those arrested were thought to have ties to criminal elements and those expelled were deemed to have irregular paperwork, mental-health problems or false documentation, Azimi told NBC News. 

The move comes during the worst year for such insider, or "green-on-blue", attacks. At least 45 members of the NATO-led force have been killed by Afghans in uniform this year, including 15 in August alone. That compares with 35 killed in such attacks in all of 2011. Read the full story.

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An Afghani boy speaks with a solider from the 3rd platoon, Delta company of the US army, during a joint patrol with the Afghan National Army (ANA) at Nevay-deh village in Kandahar province on Sept. 5.

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1st Lieutenant Michael Friedman, left, of 3rd Platoon, Delta Company leads a joint security patrol with members of the Afghan National Army (ANA) at Nevay-deh village in Kandahar province on Sept. 5.

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An Afghani boy looks at an officer from 3rd platoon, Delta company of the US army, during a joint patrol with the Afghan National Army at Nevay-deh village in Kandahar province on Sept. 5.

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

 

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