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In early April, in an attempt to accelerate the transition of military responsibility to the Afghan government, the US agreed to hand control of special operations missions to Afghan forces, including night raids, relegating American troops to a supporting role. This deal cleared the way for the two countries to move ahead with an agreement that would establish the shape of American support to Afghanistan after the 2014 troop withdrawal deadline. Domestic support for the war (in the US) has dropped sharply. We look back at March in the troubled country. -- Paula Nelson (37 photos total)
Young Afghan women use an umbrella to shield themselves from the sun in Kabul, April 5, 2012. The position of women in Afghanistan has improved dramatically since the fall of the Taliban, with the number of girls in education soaring. But as the Americans and the Afghan government have pursued peace efforts with the Taliban, women are increasingly concerned that gains in their rights may be compromised in a bid to end the costly and deadly war. (Johannes Eisele/AFP/Getty Images)

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LAND DISPUTE: Palestinians scuffled with Israeli policemen during a demonstration marking ‘Land Day’ in East Jerusalem Friday. The rallies are an annual event marked by Israeli Arabs and Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza to protest Israel’s land policies. (Menahem Kahana/AFP/Getty Images)

SESSION’S OUT: Building Maintenance Service employee Nelson Alisea kicked a pile of paper toward the center aisle as he and others started to clean up at the Capitol in Atlanta Friday after the state House of Representatives’ last legislative day of the 2012 session. (Jason Getz/Atlanta Journal Constitution/Associated Press)

CARRYING STICKS: An Afghan carried a bundle of sticks in Nahr-i Sufi, Kunduz province, Afghanistan. (Johannes Eisele/AFP/Getty Images)

RAISING SUPPORT: A supporter of presidential candidate Josefina Vazquez Mota yelled slogans outside an elementary school in Mexico City Friday. The country’s four presidential candidates officially launched their campaigns for the July 1 election. (Tomas Bravo/Reuters)

IN MEMORY: The child of a Tibetan exile wiped tears off her mother’s face during a during a special ceremony in Dharmsala, India, to pay homage to 27-year-old Jamphel Yeshi. Mr. Yeshi, a Tibetan activist, set himself on fire to protest China’s rule of his homeland. (Ashwini Bhatia/Associated Press)

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As the war in Afghanistan passes the 10-year mark, the security outlook still looks bleak. Nevertheless, the Obama administration has just asked the Pentagon for initial recommendations for the U.S. troop presence in Afghanistan in 2014 -- the first step in planning the final U.S. withdrawal. According to the Associated Press, as of yesterday, November 1, 2011, at least 1,704 members of the U.S. military had died in Afghanistan. U.S. diplomats are now asking Afghanistan's neighbors to sign on to an ambitious plan for the future of Central Asia -- ambitiously being called the "New Silk Road" -- that would link the infrastructure of surrounding countries from Kazakhstan to India. Gathered here are images from there over the past month, part of an ongoing monthly series on Afghanistan. [41 photos]

A severely wounded US Marine hit by an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) is carried by his comrades to a medevac helicopter of U.S. Army's Task Force Lift "Dust Off", Charlie Company 1-171 Aviation Regiment to be airlifted in Helmand province, on October 31, 2011. The Marine was hit by an IED, lost both his legs and fights for his life. (Behrouz Mehri/AFP/Getty Images)

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