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For the past seven years, David Guttenfelder has witnessed and documented the changing landscape of Afghanistan. Although mostly embedded with coalition troops, he has also covered the presidential elections, bodybuilders in Kabul, the state of Afghan prisons and daily life in the country. Guttenfelder is the chief Asia photographer for The Associated Press and over the past seven years has offered the general public a close-up, intimate look at the lives of troops fighting in the mountains and remote regions of Afghanistan. U.S. Marines from the 2nd MEB, 1st Battalion 5th Marines move in formation through farm fields after landing by helicopter in an overnight night air assault near the Taliban stronghold of Nawa in Afghanistan's Helmand province Thursday July 2, 2009. Thousands of U.S. Marines poured from helicopters and armored vehicles into Taliban-controlled villages of southern Afghanistan Thursday in the first major operation under President Barack Obama's strategy to stabilize the country. A U.S. Army vehicle fires on Taliban positions on a mountain side, outside a base held by the Army's 2nd Battalion, 12th Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division in the Pech River Valley of Afghanistan's Kunar province. Marines from the 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit, one with the names of fallen colleagues tattooed on his back, bathe at a forward operating base in southern Afghanistan Saturday, April 26, 2008. Some 3,500 U.S. Marines arrived in Afghanistan to help NATO's increasingly bloody fight against the Taliban.

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The majority of blue whales migrate to colder waters to feed, but a BBC film crew have filmed an exceptional group that live off the coast of Sri Lanka year round. The whales are thought to take advantage of a cold water upswelling in the area that delivers large numbers of krill, their preferred food. Specialist cameramen Doug Allan and Didier Noirot got up close and personal with the world's underwater record breakers for the BBC One series Ocean Giants. Here Didier filmed the aggressive mating displays of male humpback whales off the coast of Hawaii. Bowhead whales are the fattest animals in the world. Living in arctic waters, the whales have up to 50 tonnes of body fat to keep them warm. The whales are also thought to be the longest-lived mammals on earth as their low body temperature helps them to live for up to 200 years. Grey whales undertake the longest annual migration of any known mammal, travelling from warm breeding grounds at the equator to their summer feeding grounds in the Arctic. Researchers have suggested that these epic journeys could also be driven by the threat of predation from killer whales.

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In the past several months, powerful storms have wreaked havoc in many places, torrential rains in central Europe and parts of China, tornadoes in Australia, Montana and the American Midwest, and strong thunderstorms across the northeast. Now, as Tropical Storm Bonnie makes landfall in Florida and heads into the Gulf of Mexico, oil cleanup is being suspended, and the final "kill" operation is delayed for at least one more week. These storms have been destructive and deadly, but beautiful and awe-inspiring at the same time. Collected here are a handful of photographs of stormy skies, lightning strikes and storm damage from the past several months. Darlene Sheehy collects items from her kitchen, Monday, June 7, 2010, after a tornado destroyed her home in Millbury, Ohio. Severe thunderstorms moved through the bluegrass region of Kentucky late Monday, July 19, 2010. This lightning strike was captured near Maysville, Kentucky. This photo provided by Harry Gillway, the Kimball County Sheriff, shows hail damage to the rear window of a car in Kimball, Nebraska on Monday, May 24, 2010. Storms dumped heavy rain and hail on Nebraska, North Dakota and South Dakota.

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Local farmer Shu Mansheng starts the engines of his self-designed and homemade flying device before a test flight in front of his house in Dashu village on the outskirts of Wuhan, Hubei province September 21, 2011. The round steel flying device, which cost more than 20,000 yuan ($3,135), is the fifth model made by Shu, a junior middle school graduate. It measures around 5.5 meters (18 feet) in diameter, and is powered by eight motorcycle engines. Shu managed to hover for 10 seconds at about 1 metre (3.3 feet) above ground during a recent test flight.

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In Afghanistan -- as in military conflicts going back centuries -- dogs play myriad roles, from companions and pets to scouts and, increasingly, living, breathing land mine and IED (improvised explosive device) detectors. Sgt. John Barton of the 4th Brigade of the U.S. Army's 82nd Airborne Division greets his platoon's pet dog, Ray-Ray, at combat outpost Impala in Bala Murghab, Afghanistan. Corporal Dave Heyhoe, of the British Army Theatre Military Working Dog Support Unit, and his dog Treo and Royal Army Veterinary Corp Lance Cpl. Marianne Hay, and her arms and explosive search dog, Leanna, rest in the village of Segera, Kandahar Province, Afghanistan. Marines of 3rd Battalion, 6th Marines, give cereal to a stray puppy in northern Marjah, Helmand province, southern Afghanistan.

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The world's toughest off-road race, the Dakar Rally, has begun. Top drivers and riders from around the globe will have to negotiate tough terrain but without having time to enjoy the spectacular landscapes of Argentina, Bolivia and Chile. Here is a selection of photographs from this year's race. Nasser Al Attiyah of Qatar and Mathieu Baumel of France for the ALL4 Racing Mini Qatar Rally Team. Toyota's driver Giniel De Villiers of South Africa and co-driver Dirk Von Zitzewitz of Germany

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Some people are all about sunrise and the daytime, me myself, I’m a nightime kind of person. Lanterns are released during a ceremony to commemorate the first anniversary of the Indian Ocean tsunami on Pak Meng beach, Thailand December 26, 2005. Thousands of locals and foreigners gathered in southern Thailand to commemorate the December 26, 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami, which killed 5,395 people and wiped out 47 villages along the country's Andaman Sea coastline. A young boy swings on an old tyre in a local park as the sun sets behind the city skyline in Sydney May 12, 2003. Southerly winds continue to bring clouds and colder conditions to the city, a constant reminder that the cold winter months for the southern hemisphere city are moving ever closer. Lanterns are hung along a street during the lunar new year season in Kuala Terengganu, Malaysia, February 21, 2007.

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President Obama recently spoke about the War in Afghanistan in his State of the Union address: “Thanks to our heroic troops and civilians, fewer Afghans are under the control of the insurgency. There will be tough fighting ahead, and the Afghan government will need to deliver better governance. But we are strengthening the capacity of the Afghan people and building an enduring partnership with them. This year, we will work with nearly 50 countries to begin a transition to an Afghan lead. And this July, we will begin to bring our troops home.” With this post, we continue the monthly look at the men and women who live and fight in the country and at the Afghan people themselves as they struggle for peace in their land. At the end of the regular post I've included 14 additional images by Associated Press photographer Kevin Frayer. The images are black and white aerials - a unique view - of Helmand Province, southern Afghanistan. Sergeant Darryl McKinstry, a medic, runs toward a Marine wounded by an improvised explosive device before moving him to a medevac helicopter in southern Helmand Province, Afghanistan, Wednesday, Jan. 26. Such devices, essentially homemade bombs, are the biggest killer of US soldiers in Afghanistan. Suspected Taliban fighters stand at a police station in Jalalabad, east of Kabul, on Jan. 26. Eleven Taliban fighters were arrested by Afghan police in a recent operation. A man runs through a burning supermarket on Jan. 28 in central Kabul after an explosion rocked the store frequented by foreigners. The Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack, which killed nine people, and said it was aimed at an executive of the Blackwater private security firm. Workers of the firm were nearby but uninjured. The company was singled out because “they are invaders, and secondly, they are protecting the invaders,” said a Taliban spokesman.

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