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Tribal elders say the Taliban are far from defeated. The Taliban continue to wage a brutal war, taking a toll on Afghan citizens and American forces. The Department of Defense has identified 1,761 American service members who have died in the Afghan war and related operations as of Sept. 21, about 10 years since the start of the war. In visiting Afghanistan monthly in The Big Picture, we try to reflect our troops presence in the country as well as their interaction with the Afghan people. Sergeant Daniel Chavez, an Army flight medic from Rio Rancho, N.M., hold his gun aloft as fellow medic Specialist David Bibb, from Santa Fe, waves an American flag as they commemorate the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks at Forward Operating Base Edi in the Helmand province of southern Afghanistan on Sept 11. The United States, which had largely pulled out of Kunar province, has recently moved troops, including the 27th Infantry Regiment, back in as part of an effort to take the battle to Taliban strongholds. The mountainous region of Kunar borders Pakistan and is often a transit point for Taliban between the countries. US army Pfc Kyler King gets his head shaved by Pfc Shawn Riggins in the FOB Kuschamond. Of 100,000 US troops in Afghanistan, 33,000 will leave by mid-2012.

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A photography technique that frequently catches my eye is the use of silhouette - placing a subject directly between a primary light source and the camera. The effect can be painterly or haunting or evocative. It can break a subject down to basic ideas conveyed only by line and shape, where an individual might appear iconic. Collected here are a handful of recent photographs from around the world, where we can only see the outlines of the subject, our minds (and the captions) are left to fill in any details in the darkness. Australian freestyle motocross rider Robbie Maddison jumps during an training session in the Sahara desert near the Giza pyramids as the sun sets in Cairo May 11, 2010 in preparation of the second stage of the Red Bull X-Fighters World Tour. Volunteers release flamingo chicks at the Fuente de Piedra natural reserve, near Malaga, in southern Spain August 7, 2010. Around 600 flamingos are ringed and measured before being placed in the lagoon, one of the largest colonies of flamingos in Europe, according to authorities of the natural reserve. South African kids play soccer in open field as sun sets in Soweto, South Africa.

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An Israeli motorist runs down a masked Palestinian youth who was standing among a group of youngsters throwing stones at Israeli cars on October 8, 2010 in the mostly Arab east Jerusalem neighborhood of Silwan. Tensions continue between Israelis and Palestinians even as the hope for eventual peach continues. A villager walks through his yard flooded by toxic mud in the Kolontar, Hungary, Tuesday, Oct. 5, 2010. A third person has died in flooding caused by the rupture of a red sludge reservoir at an alumina plant in western Hungary, rescue services said Tuesday. Six people were missing and 120 injured in what officials said was an ecological disaster. The government declared a state of emergency in three counties affected by the flooding. Kathleen Lumsden, center, mother of U.S. Army Pfc. Clinton E. Springer II hugs her son's girlfriend Kalie Masse outside St. Patrick's Church in Falmouth, Mass., Tuesday, Oct. 5, 2010 during Springer's funeral. Springer, 21, was killed in a non-combat incident in Kabul, Afghanistan in September.

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Officially a collectivity of France, the island of Bora Bora lies in the Leeward group of the Society Islands of French Polynesia. With its amazing reef, fantastic white sand beaches, and laid-back local population it is easy to see why Bora Bora is considered by many to be paradise on Earth. The island itself features an extinct volcano in the center and is surrounded by a lagoon and a barrier reef. Bora Bora is a tourist hot-spot and many resorts and over-the-water bungalows have been built on the island. The population of locals is just under 9,000 with Tahitian, French, and some English spoken. Visitors can enjoy world-class diving and snorkeling, as well as sunset catamaran cruises, fishing trips, and jet ski rentals. For discounted flights and hotels, visit our Travel Page and check out the coupon codes for many major booking sites.

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According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Great Lakes Environmental Research Laboratory, about 94% of Lake Superior, the world largest fresh water lake, is covered with ice, enabling thousands of people to visit the islands on foot for the first time since 2009. It’s quite the spectacle. Man looks at ice formations in sea cave of the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore of Lake Superior. Car travels the ice road on Lake Superior between Bayfield, Wisconsin and Madeline Island. A woman photographs ice formations on a rock face of the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore.

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London Zoo has kicked off the New Year with the mammoth task of their annual stocktake. Responsible for the care of more than 750 different species, keepers faced the formidable task of noting every mammal, bird, reptile, fish and invertebrate at the Zoo. With 2014 proving to be a hugely successful year for the Zoo’s international conservation breeding programmes, keepers have their work cut out totalling up the new additions. The arrival of three cubs in February 2014 added vital numbers to the dwindling population of Sumatran tigers remaining in the wild.

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In a nocturnal rendezvous, two green tree frogs meet face-to-face atop a leaf in Louisiana's Atchafalaya River Delta. Green may be the most common color found in nature—it's everywhere from leaves, grass, and moss to snakes, butterflies, and even the northern lights. Green represents life, vitality, nature, and, of course, environmentalism. A pool of water at the mouth of Rio Frio Cave reflects the greenery of Belize’s Chiquibul Forest and frames a visitor in silhouette. The easily accessible river cave is a popular attraction. Two boys share a nighttime bicycle ride down the darkened streets of Hoi An, Vietnam. The city's old town is a World Heritage site filled with historic buildings from the 15th to 19th centuries.

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A glimpse of daily life through the lenses of photographers of the Associated Press. Indonesian dancers perform during Cultural Art performance in Jakarta, Indonesia, Saturday, May 8, 2010. A Hindu holy man and a woman return after bathing at Sangam, the confluence of rivers Ganges, Yamuna and mythical Saraswati, in Allahabad, India, Friday, May 7, 2010. A young Chinese girl plays with a Chinese flag while standing in an alley of Houhai district in Beijing, Thursday, May 6, 2010.

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