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Coalition Special Operations Forces members defend their position from insurgent small arms fire during a day-long fire fight in Nuristan province, Afghanistan, April 12, 2012. Afghan National Army Commandos and coalition SOF, the first to visit that area in more than two years, defeated insurgent forces overrunning a village. 

Afghan child Fatima, 8, with her disabled father

The girl from Herat Afghanistan Afghan child Fatima, 8, ® applies cream to her disabled father, Ab Zahir’s legs as she helps him fit his braces at their two-room rented house in western Herat.

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Photographer John D McHugh documented the Afghan National Army as they prepare for the departure of foreign forces. He asks, “If the Afghan National Army is poorly trained, poorly armed, and poorly led, how can their chances to defeat the Taliban on their own be assessed as anything other than poor?”

See more of his photos in his feature, “Observe the Sons of Afghan Marching Towards the War.”

Caption: HELMAND, AFGHANISTAN - NOVEMBER 2012: Afghan National Army soldiers are seen at the Regional Training Centre in Helmand, 10 Nov 2012. (Photo by John D McHugh/Reportage by Getty Images)

A member of the Afghan National Police waits to move out on a joint patrol with soldiers of 1st Battalion, 87th Infantry Regiment from the 10th Mountain Division’s 1st Brigade Combat Team and the Afghan national security forces in the Isa Khan region of the northern Afghanistan province of Kunduz. December 28, 2010.