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Afghan women stand at a kiosk during the inauguration of 'Spring of Holy Quran' exhibition during the month of Ramadan, in Kabul, Afghanistan June 25, 2015. REUTERS
Afghan women stand at a kiosk during the inauguration of 'Spring of Holy Quran' exhibition during the month of Ramadan, in Kabul, Afghanistan June 25, 2015. REUTERS
In this June 24, 2010 file photo, farmers harvest wheat outside Kabul, Afghanistan. AP
In this June 24, 2010 file photo, farmers harvest wheat outside Kabul, Afghanistan. AP
In this Monday, Dec. 27, 2010 file photo, a woman carries water in a plastic container as she ascends a slope on the way towards her home in Kabul, Afghanistan. AP
In this Monday, Dec. 27, 2010 file photo, a woman carries water in a plastic container as she ascends a slope on the way towards her home in Kabul, Afghanistan. AP
In this Tuesday, March 21, 2006 file photo, men play the traditional game Buzkashi in Kabul, Afghanistan, in a special match held as part of celebrations for the New Year. According the solar calendar used in Afghanistan, the year is 1385. AP
In this Tuesday, March 21, 2006 file photo, men play the traditional game Buzkashi in Kabul, Afghanistan, in a special match held as part of celebrations for the New Year. According the solar calendar used in Afghanistan, the year is 1385. AP
In this Monday, July 12, 2010 file photo, people walk through a market in downtown Kabul, Afghanistan. AP
In this Monday, July 12, 2010 file photo, people walk through a market in downtown Kabul, Afghanistan. AP
In this Sunday, Oct. 31, 2010 file photo, children play on a market cart in the old part of Kabul, Afghanistan. AP
In this Sunday, Oct. 31, 2010 file photo, children play on a market cart in the old part of Kabul, Afghanistan. AP
Teacher Mahajera Armani and her class of girls pose for a picture at their study open area, founded by Bangladesh Rural Advancement Committee (BRAC), outside Jalalabad city, Afghanistan September 19, 2015.  REUTERS
Teacher Mahajera Armani and her class of girls pose for a picture at their study open area, founded by Bangladesh Rural Advancement Committee (BRAC), outside Jalalabad city, Afghanistan September 19, 2015. REUTERS
Fakria Azizi, a member of the Zohra orchestra, an ensemble of 35 women, practises during a session, at Afghanistan's National Institute of Music, in Kabul, Afghanistan April 4, 2016. REUTERS
Fakria Azizi, a member of the Zohra orchestra, an ensemble of 35 women, practises during a session, at Afghanistan's National Institute of Music, in Kabul, Afghanistan April 4, 2016. REUTERS
An Afghan girl stands among widows clad in burqas during a cash for work project by humanitarian organisation CARE International in Kabul, Afghanistan January 6, 2010. REUTERS
An Afghan girl stands among widows clad in burqas during a cash for work project by humanitarian organisation CARE International in Kabul, Afghanistan January 6, 2010. REUTERS
In this May 13, 2013 file photo, a boy flies his kite on a hill overlooking Kabul, Afghanistan. Kite flying was banned during the Taliban regime. AP
In this May 13, 2013 file photo, a boy flies his kite on a hill overlooking Kabul, Afghanistan. Kite flying was banned during the Taliban regime. AP
 In this Wednesday, Nov. 3, 2010 file photo, First Sgt. Yomen English, of Brookland, Ark., with India company, 3rd Battalion 5th Marines, First Marine Division, talks to an boy during a patrol, in Sangin, Afghanistan. AP
In this Wednesday, Nov. 3, 2010 file photo, First Sgt. Yomen English, of Brookland, Ark., with India company, 3rd Battalion 5th Marines, First Marine Division, talks to an boy during a patrol, in Sangin, Afghanistan. AP
In this Monday, Dec. 10, 2001 file photo, an Afghan anti-Taliban fighter pops up from his tank to spot a U.S. warplane bombing al-Qaida fighters in the White Mountains of Tora Bora in Afghanistan. Anti-Taliban forces and U.S. warplanes continued to hit the Tora Bora mountains and the al-Qaida fighters occupying the area. AP
In this Monday, Dec. 10, 2001 file photo, an Afghan anti-Taliban fighter pops up from his tank to spot a U.S. warplane bombing al-Qaida fighters in the White Mountains of Tora Bora in Afghanistan. Anti-Taliban forces and U.S. warplanes continued to hit the Tora Bora mountains and the al-Qaida fighters occupying the area. AP
In this Saturday Nov. 24, 2001 file photo, a column of Taliban fighters go through the front line in the village of Amirabad, northern Afghanistan, as hundreds of Taliban defected to the northern alliance, paving the way for the fall of Kunduz where several thousand foreign fighters are thought to remain. AP
In this Saturday Nov. 24, 2001 file photo, a column of Taliban fighters go through the front line in the village of Amirabad, northern Afghanistan, as hundreds of Taliban defected to the northern alliance, paving the way for the fall of Kunduz where several thousand foreign fighters are thought to remain. AP
Captain Melvin Cabebe with the US Army's 1-320 Field Artillery Regiment, 101st Airborne Division stands near a burning M-ATV armored vehicle after it struck an improvised explosive device (IED) near Combat Outpost Nolen in the Arghandab Valley north of Kandahar, Afghanistan, July 23, 2010.  REUTERS
Captain Melvin Cabebe with the US Army's 1-320 Field Artillery Regiment, 101st Airborne Division stands near a burning M-ATV armored vehicle after it struck an improvised explosive device (IED) near Combat Outpost Nolen in the Arghandab Valley north of Kandahar, Afghanistan, July 23, 2010. REUTERS
In this file photo taken on July 7, 2018, US Army soldiers from NATO are seen through a cracked window of an armed vehicle in a checkpoint during a patrol against Islamic State militants at the Deh Bala district in the eastern province of Nangarhar Province. AFP
In this file photo taken on July 7, 2018, US Army soldiers from NATO are seen through a cracked window of an armed vehicle in a checkpoint during a patrol against Islamic State militants at the Deh Bala district in the eastern province of Nangarhar Province. AFP
 In this file photo a US soldier investigates the scene of a suicide attack at the Afghan-Pakistan border crossing in Torkham, Nangarhar province on June 19, 2014. AFP
In this file photo a US soldier investigates the scene of a suicide attack at the Afghan-Pakistan border crossing in Torkham, Nangarhar province on June 19, 2014. AFP
 In this file photo US Marines with 1/3 Charlie Company treat Lance Corporal Kris Mottley (21) from Pensylvania as they wait for a MEDEVAC helicopter, after their MRAP vehicle was hit by an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) in Trikh Nawar on the north-eastern outskirts of Marjah late February 23, 2010. AFP
In this file photo US Marines with 1/3 Charlie Company treat Lance Corporal Kris Mottley (21) from Pensylvania as they wait for a MEDEVAC helicopter, after their MRAP vehicle was hit by an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) in Trikh Nawar on the north-eastern outskirts of Marjah late February 23, 2010. AFP
In this file photo US Army soldiers attached to 2nd platoon, C troop, 1st Squadron (Airborne), 91st US Cavalry Regiment, 173rd Airborne Brigade Combat Team operating under NATO sponsored International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) protect a wounded comrade from dust and smoke flares after an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) blast during a patrol near Baraki Barak base in Logar Province on October 13, 2012. AFP
In this file photo US Army soldiers attached to 2nd platoon, C troop, 1st Squadron (Airborne), 91st US Cavalry Regiment, 173rd Airborne Brigade Combat Team operating under NATO sponsored International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) protect a wounded comrade from dust and smoke flares after an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) blast during a patrol near Baraki Barak base in Logar Province on October 13, 2012. AFP
 In this file photo a US soldier (L) sits in the rear of a Marine Chinook helicopter while flying over Camp Bastion in Helmand province, southwest of Kabul on May 3, 2008. AFP
In this file photo a US soldier (L) sits in the rear of a Marine Chinook helicopter while flying over Camp Bastion in Helmand province, southwest of Kabul on May 3, 2008. AFP
In this file photo US Marines of 1st Combat Engineering Battalion of  2nd Marine Expeditionary Brigade stand guard as the search goes on for missing marines after an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) blast in Garmsir district of Helmand Province on July 13, 2009. AFP
In this file photo US Marines of 1st Combat Engineering Battalion of 2nd Marine Expeditionary Brigade stand guard as the search goes on for missing marines after an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) blast in Garmsir district of Helmand Province on July 13, 2009. AFP
Sgt. Joshua Engbrecht, 28, of Riverside Calif., left, and Pfc. Jack Shortridge, 21, of Long Beach Calif., of the U.S. Army's 1st Platoon Apache Company, 2nd Battalion 87th Infantry Regiment, part of the 3rd Combat Brigade 10th Mountain Division based out of Fort Drum, N.Y., give each other haircuts under the stars at Combat Outpost Tangi in Afghanistan's Wardak Province on Aug. 18, 2009. AP
Sgt. Joshua Engbrecht, 28, of Riverside Calif., left, and Pfc. Jack Shortridge, 21, of Long Beach Calif., of the U.S. Army's 1st Platoon Apache Company, 2nd Battalion 87th Infantry Regiment, part of the 3rd Combat Brigade 10th Mountain Division based out of Fort Drum, N.Y., give each other haircuts under the stars at Combat Outpost Tangi in Afghanistan's Wardak Province on Aug. 18, 2009. AP
A U.S. Marine walks to pick up food supplies after they were dropped off by small parachutes from a plane outside Forward Operating Base Edi in the Helmand Province of southern Afghanistan on June 9, 2011. AP
A U.S. Marine walks to pick up food supplies after they were dropped off by small parachutes from a plane outside Forward Operating Base Edi in the Helmand Province of southern Afghanistan on June 9, 2011. AP
U.S. Marines, from the 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit, return fire on Taliban positions near the town of Garmser in Helmand Province of Afghanistan on May 2, 2008. AP
U.S. Marines, from the 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit, return fire on Taliban positions near the town of Garmser in Helmand Province of Afghanistan on May 2, 2008. AP
In this Wednesday, Nov. 22, 2006 file photo, a Canadian soldier, and a soldier from the Afghan National Army, behind wall, walk along a destroyed grape drying silo at the Canadian base near the town of Zhari in the Kandahar province of Afghanistan. The holes in the wall are for mounting sticks for drying grapes. AP
In this Wednesday, Nov. 22, 2006 file photo, a Canadian soldier, and a soldier from the Afghan National Army, behind wall, walk along a destroyed grape drying silo at the Canadian base near the town of Zhari in the Kandahar province of Afghanistan. The holes in the wall are for mounting sticks for drying grapes. AP
Soldiers from the U.S. Army First Battalion, 26th Infantry take defensive positions at firebase Restrepo after receiving fire from Taliban positions in the Korengal Valley of Afghanistan's Kunar Province on May 11, 2009. AP
Soldiers from the U.S. Army First Battalion, 26th Infantry take defensive positions at firebase Restrepo after receiving fire from Taliban positions in the Korengal Valley of Afghanistan's Kunar Province on May 11, 2009. AP
U.S. Marines from the 2nd MEB, 1st Battalion 5th Marines sleep in their fighting holes inside a compound where they stayed for the night, in the Nawa district of Afghanistan's Helmand province, on July 8, 2009. AP
U.S. Marines from the 2nd MEB, 1st Battalion 5th Marines sleep in their fighting holes inside a compound where they stayed for the night, in the Nawa district of Afghanistan's Helmand province, on July 8, 2009. AP
U.S. Marine Cpl. Russell pays his respects to Lance Cpl. Joshua Bernard during a memorial service at a forward operating base with Golf Company, 2nd Battalion, 3rd Regiment, 2nd MEB, 3rd MEF, Thursday, Aug. 27, 2009, in Now Zad in the Helmand Province of Afghanistan. Bernard was killed during a Taliban ambush on Aug. 14. AP
U.S. Marine Cpl. Russell pays his respects to Lance Cpl. Joshua Bernard during a memorial service at a forward operating base with Golf Company, 2nd Battalion, 3rd Regiment, 2nd MEB, 3rd MEF, Thursday, Aug. 27, 2009, in Now Zad in the Helmand Province of Afghanistan. Bernard was killed during a Taliban ambush on Aug. 14. AP
Spc. Paul Pickett, 22, of Minden La., right, of the U.S. Army's Apache Company, 2nd Battalion 87th Infantry Regiment, part of the 3rd Combat Brigade 10th Mountain Division based out of Fort Drum, N.Y., covers an injured U.S. soldier as a helicopter lands to evacuate the wounded after their armored vehicle hit an improvised explosive device in the Tangi Valley of Afghanistan's Wardak Province on Aug. 19, 2009. AP
Spc. Paul Pickett, 22, of Minden La., right, of the U.S. Army's Apache Company, 2nd Battalion 87th Infantry Regiment, part of the 3rd Combat Brigade 10th Mountain Division based out of Fort Drum, N.Y., covers an injured U.S. soldier as a helicopter lands to evacuate the wounded after their armored vehicle hit an improvised explosive device in the Tangi Valley of Afghanistan's Wardak Province on Aug. 19, 2009. AP
During a rescue mission by a team from a U.S. Air Force Expeditionary Rescue Squadron, army medics carry a wounded Afghan Army soldier to an evacuation helicopter, in Kandahar province, southern Afghanistan, on Aug. 2, 2010. AP
During a rescue mission by a team from a U.S. Air Force Expeditionary Rescue Squadron, army medics carry a wounded Afghan Army soldier to an evacuation helicopter, in Kandahar province, southern Afghanistan, on Aug. 2, 2010. AP
1st Lt. Nikesh Kapadia, 24, center, of Queens, N.Y., with the U.S. Army's 4th Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division out of Fort Campbell, Ky., stands in the rain while waiting to go through customs at the Transit Center in Manas, Kyrgyzstan, on the way home after completing a deployment in Afghanistan on Aug. 10, 2011. AP
1st Lt. Nikesh Kapadia, 24, center, of Queens, N.Y., with the U.S. Army's 4th Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division out of Fort Campbell, Ky., stands in the rain while waiting to go through customs at the Transit Center in Manas, Kyrgyzstan, on the way home after completing a deployment in Afghanistan on Aug. 10, 2011. AP
Spc. Dallas Purdy from Hockley, Texas, hangs a message of support from friends Ashley and Katie Daniels while serving with the 1-320th Alpha Battery, 2nd Brigade of the 101st Airborne Division at COP Nolen, in the volatile Arghandab Valley, Kandahar, Afghanistan on July 29, 2010. AP
Spc. Dallas Purdy from Hockley, Texas, hangs a message of support from friends Ashley and Katie Daniels while serving with the 1-320th Alpha Battery, 2nd Brigade of the 101st Airborne Division at COP Nolen, in the volatile Arghandab Valley, Kandahar, Afghanistan on July 29, 2010. AP
Wounded U.S. Marine Sgt. Shane Hanley, center, a squad leader from Easy Company, 2-2 Marines, receives treatment by U.S. Army flight medic Sgt. Michael G. Patangan while airborne in an army Task Force Pegasus medevac helicopter, shortly after Hanley was wounded, in Helmand province, southern Afghanistan on Feb. 9, 2010. AP
Wounded U.S. Marine Sgt. Shane Hanley, center, a squad leader from Easy Company, 2-2 Marines, receives treatment by U.S. Army flight medic Sgt. Michael G. Patangan while airborne in an army Task Force Pegasus medevac helicopter, shortly after Hanley was wounded, in Helmand province, southern Afghanistan on Feb. 9, 2010. AP
U.S. Marines from the 2nd Marine Expeditionary Brigade rest inside a tent at Camp Leatherneck in Afghanistan's Helmand province on June 9, 2009. AP
U.S. Marines from the 2nd Marine Expeditionary Brigade rest inside a tent at Camp Leatherneck in Afghanistan's Helmand province on June 9, 2009. AP
United States Marine LCpl. Franklin Romans of Michigan, from the 2nd Battalion 2nd Marines 'Warlords' searches a house during an operation in the Garmsir district of the volatile Helmand province, southern Afghanistan, on Dec. 23, 2009. AP
United States Marine LCpl. Franklin Romans of Michigan, from the 2nd Battalion 2nd Marines 'Warlords' searches a house during an operation in the Garmsir district of the volatile Helmand province, southern Afghanistan, on Dec. 23, 2009. AP
U.S. Army soldiers from the 2nd Platoon, B battery 2-8 field artillery, fire a howitzer artillery piece at Seprwan Ghar forward fire base in Panjwai district, Kandahar province southern Afghanistan, June 12, 2011. REUTERS
U.S. Army soldiers from the 2nd Platoon, B battery 2-8 field artillery, fire a howitzer artillery piece at Seprwan Ghar forward fire base in Panjwai district, Kandahar province southern Afghanistan, June 12, 2011. REUTERS
Lance Cpl. Blas Trevino of the 1st Battalion, 5th Marines, shouts out as he is rescued on a medevac helicopter from the U.S. Army's Task Force Lift 'Dust Off', Charlie Company 1-214 Aviation Regiment after he got shot in the stomach outside Sangin, in the Helmand Province of southern Afghanistan on June 11, 2011. AP
Lance Cpl. Blas Trevino of the 1st Battalion, 5th Marines, shouts out as he is rescued on a medevac helicopter from the U.S. Army's Task Force Lift 'Dust Off', Charlie Company 1-214 Aviation Regiment after he got shot in the stomach outside Sangin, in the Helmand Province of southern Afghanistan on June 11, 2011. AP
U.S. Marines from the 2nd Marine Expeditionary Brigade, 1st Battalion 5th Marines rest along a tree line after arriving in an overnight air assault near the Taliban stronghold of Nawa in Afghanistan's Helmand province on July 2, 2009. AP
U.S. Marines from the 2nd Marine Expeditionary Brigade, 1st Battalion 5th Marines rest along a tree line after arriving in an overnight air assault near the Taliban stronghold of Nawa in Afghanistan's Helmand province on July 2, 2009. AP
A tattoo on the back of U.S. Army Sgt. James Wilkes of Rochester, N.Y., is seen through his torn shirt after a foot patrol with 1st Platoon, Charlie Company, 2nd Battalion, 1st Infantry Regiment, of the 5th Styker Brigade on May 8, 2010, in Afghanistan's Kandahar province. The full tattoo reads, 'Sacrifice. Without fear there is no courage.'  AP
A tattoo on the back of U.S. Army Sgt. James Wilkes of Rochester, N.Y., is seen through his torn shirt after a foot patrol with 1st Platoon, Charlie Company, 2nd Battalion, 1st Infantry Regiment, of the 5th Styker Brigade on May 8, 2010, in Afghanistan's Kandahar province. The full tattoo reads, 'Sacrifice. Without fear there is no courage.' AP
A tattoo on the back of U.S. Army Sgt. James Wilkes of Rochester, N.Y., is seen through his torn shirt after a foot patrol with 1st Platoon, Charlie Company, 2nd Battalion, 1st Infantry Regiment, of the 5th Styker Brigade on May 8, 2010, in Afghanistan's Kandahar province. AP
A tattoo on the back of U.S. Army Sgt. James Wilkes of Rochester, N.Y., is seen through his torn shirt after a foot patrol with 1st Platoon, Charlie Company, 2nd Battalion, 1st Infantry Regiment, of the 5th Styker Brigade on May 8, 2010, in Afghanistan's Kandahar province. AP
Smoke rises from a deadly explosion outside the airport in Kabul, Afghanistan, Thursday, Aug. 26, 2021. Two suicide bombers and gunmen have targeted crowds massing near the Kabul airport, in the waning days of a massive airlift that has drawn thousands of people seeking to flee the Taliban takeover of Afghanistan. AP
Smoke rises from a deadly explosion outside the airport in Kabul, Afghanistan, Thursday, Aug. 26, 2021. Two suicide bombers and gunmen have targeted crowds massing near the Kabul airport, in the waning days of a massive airlift that has drawn thousands of people seeking to flee the Taliban takeover of Afghanistan. AP
Afghans struggle to reach the foreign forces to show their credentials to flee the country outside the Hamid Karzai International Airport, in Kabul, Afghanistan, 26 August 2021. EPA
Afghans struggle to reach the foreign forces to show their credentials to flee the country outside the Hamid Karzai International Airport, in Kabul, Afghanistan, 26 August 2021. EPA
This handout photo taken and released by the French Etat-major des Armees on August 26, 2021 shows people boarding a French military transport aircraft at the airport in Kabul, to fly to the air base of Al Dhafra, near Abu Dhabi, and then to Roissy Charles-de-Gaulle airport, north of Paris, as part of the operation 'Apagan'. AFP
This handout photo taken and released by the French Etat-major des Armees on August 26, 2021 shows people boarding a French military transport aircraft at the airport in Kabul, to fly to the air base of Al Dhafra, near Abu Dhabi, and then to Roissy Charles-de-Gaulle airport, north of Paris, as part of the operation 'Apagan'. AFP
In this image made through a night vision scope and provided by the Minnesota National Guard, Minnesota National Guard Task Force 1-194 soldiers fly on a C-17 Globemaster en route to Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul, Afghanistan, on Monday, Aug. 23, 2021. AP
In this image made through a night vision scope and provided by the Minnesota National Guard, Minnesota National Guard Task Force 1-194 soldiers fly on a C-17 Globemaster en route to Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul, Afghanistan, on Monday, Aug. 23, 2021. AP
 In this file photo a US Army carry team moves a transfer case with the remains of US Army Maj. Gen. Harold J. Greene from a C-17 cargo plane during a dignified transfer at Dover Air Force Base August 7, 2014 in Delaware. AFP
In this file photo a US Army carry team moves a transfer case with the remains of US Army Maj. Gen. Harold J. Greene from a C-17 cargo plane during a dignified transfer at Dover Air Force Base August 7, 2014 in Delaware. AFP
Tyson Hicks, 2, holds an American flag while in the arms of his father, Sgt. 1st Class Gabriel Hicks, who had just returned from a deployment to Afghanistan with the Georgia National Guard's 48th Infantry Brigade Combat Team on Sept. 16, 2014, in Macon, Ga. AP
Tyson Hicks, 2, holds an American flag while in the arms of his father, Sgt. 1st Class Gabriel Hicks, who had just returned from a deployment to Afghanistan with the Georgia National Guard's 48th Infantry Brigade Combat Team on Sept. 16, 2014, in Macon, Ga. AP


Choi Won-suk wschoi@koreatimes.co.kr


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