Discuss as:

Afghan policemen defend against a barrage of water bottles during training

Jeff Pachoud / AFP - Getty Images

Afghan policemen take part to an exercise under the supervision of the Eurogendfor, on Sept. 26 in the National Police Training Center in the Wardak province. France is the fifth largest contributor to NATO's International Security Assistance Force, which is due to pull out the vast majority of its 130,000 troops by the end of 2014.

Jeff Pachoud / AFP - Getty Images

Afghan policemen take part to an exercise under the supervision of the Eurogendfor, on Sept. 26 in the National Police Training Center in the Wardak province.

Related content:

Omar Sobhani / Reuters

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

Follow @NBCNewsPictures

Sign up for the NBC News Photos Newsletter