Month of May in Afghanistan opened sensational news that the elite unit of Special Forces Naval Forces U.S. "Navy SEALs" conducted eliminate the leader of al-Qaida terrorist number one Osama bin Laden. Suicide bombings are continuing across the country, while one of them was wounded one of the German commanders. Another bombing nearby Italian military base in Herat to the west of Kabul, has killed at least five people. Toward the end of the month, President Hamid Karzai criticized the air strikes against the Western coalition, because they often cause civilian casualties in Afghanistan. In our photo galleries we offer the photos taken during the U.S. military mission and an illustration of how daily life looks like now in the country with a population that totals nearly 30 million people.
1. An Afghan boy watches as a soldier of the 3rd Battalion, U.S. Marine Corps of the Ninth Division Kodiak stands guard during a patrol in the area Kote Tazagul in Marjah district in Helmand province May 24, 2011. American community had hoped that the death of Osama bin Laden will be a stimulus for political reconciliation and stabilization in Afghanistan, but the fight against terrorism and extremism is still going on.
2. Afghan soldier stands guard, while the Tractor destroy poppy fields young May 25, 2011, The argument in the district, Badakhshan, Afghanistan. Local authorities in Badakhshan used a tractor to destroy poppy crops giant in the early stages to reduce the burden on farmers.
3. An Afghan policeman stands guard in Cote Tazagul in Marjah district in Helmand province May 24, 2011. American community had hoped that the death of Osama bin Laden will encourage political reconciliation in Afghanistan, but the fight against terrorism and extremism is still going on.
4. Afghans watch on TV about the operation to eliminate the leader of al-Qaeda Osama bin Laden in the restaurant May 2, 2011 in Kabul, Afghanistan. Bin Laden was killed near Islamabad, Pakistan, for almost ten years after the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, by special elite unit of Special Forces of the United States.
5. Army Staff Sergeant Robert Terrants visible through night-vision goggles. He stands in a field of opium production in anticipation of the medical evacuation of a Marine who received minor injuries, a helicopter of the Task Force of the U.S. Army 1-214 Aviation Regiment to the north of Sangin, in Helmand province in southern Afghanistan, Sunday, May 15, 2011.
6. Eighteen year old Pakistani cooks skewers in his shop, May 14, 2011, at Abbottabad, a city in which Osama bin Laden, until his murder in a raid U.S. special forces "seals." Pakistani authorities have insisted that such operations and raids should no longer be held. In addition, they offer extremely hard to stop air strikes, which conducted anti-terrorism coalition near the border with Afghanistan, due to the fact that a growing number of victims among innocent civilian population.
7. Pigeons fly near the temple of Shah-i-li-Shamshaira (literally - "the king with two swords) in the center of Kabul on May 20, 2011. More than 1700 former members of the Taliban handed over their weapons to join the reintegration program, launched by the Afghan government for almost a year ago, the general said NATO is responsible for this program.
8. Burqa-clad Afghan women walk through the cemetery in the old part of Kabul, May 25, 2011. Despite provided by other countries in humanitarian assistance since the fall of the Taliban regime in 2001, Afghanistan remains extremely poor country with very low standard of living.
9. U.S. Marines from 3rd Battalion, Ninth Marine Division Kodiak during a patrol in the area Kote Tazagul in Marjah district in Helmand province May 24, 2011.
10. U.S. Marines from 3rd Battalion, Ninth Marine Division Kodiak check documents from the local police or Arbak "in Cote Tazagul in Marjah district, Helmand province May 25, 2011.
11. Afghan poppy farmer Sarin is on the poppy field with his eight-year son, Azim, 25 May 2011 in Faizabad, Badakhshan, Afghanistan.
12. A female graduate of a military training center in Kabul, standing beside his bed during the arrival of senior officials from the Ministry of Defense to the military training center in Kabul to inspect the May 19, 2011. Female officers graduated after a 20-week course, which included, inter alia, training in computer, English courses, as well as training in shooting and working with people.
13. A detainee with a blindfold and handcuffs, was arrested during a morning operation 3rd Battalion U.S. Marines, sits on the ground at a military camp Block 9 in Marja district in Helmand province May 23, 2011. U.S. Marines arrested twelve suspects in an operation which took place May 23 in the area Shingazak, south of Marja district in southern Helmand province.
14. In this photo, which was provided by the regional command of ISAF, Samuel Toso, Lieutenant U.S. Army (right) talks with Mullah Mohammed Fida in the Afghan village of Deh in during a meeting with the elders, May 27, 2011.
15. Afghan artist takes pictures of the stand at the end of the day in Kabul, Afghanistan, Sunday, May 22, 2011.
16. An Afghan man and child wash their truck on a street in Kabul, Afghanistan, May 15, 2011.
17. Sha'baan playing on the bars 10 May 2011, at the time, as her aunt, sorokachetyrehletnyaya Somaya Masroor, resting after a visit to the orthopedic center of the International Committee of the Red Crescent Society in Kabul, Afghanistan. Somaya has lost his right leg when she was thirteen years old, while traveling from Herat to Kandahar, where they were in a gunfight, which was led by Soviet troops and the Mujahideen and their vehicle hit a mine. Somaya now uses a prosthesis.
18. An Afghan man has broken the old sewing machine for sale in Kabul, Afghanistan, May 16, 2011.
19. Twelve Gulsum, holds a stalk of hemp, picked her in a field where she works with her father Gafordinom, May 15, 2011 in Vahil in the mountainous part of the Panjshir, Afghanistan. Farmer grows hemp for three years and witnessed how the prices have increased three times since 2008. This spring, he planted less wheat to expand the plantation of cannabis. Afghanistan, known as the world's largest producer of opium, raw material for heroin, has now become the leading supplier of hemp which is grown in most provinces, according to a report in 2010, sounded the United Nations.
20. An Afghan shepherd, twelve Daad Mohammad Asadullah, sleeps 10 May 2011 at the orthopedic center of the International Committee of the Red Cross in Kabul, Afghanistan. Asadullah lost his legs, his left eye and one of the fingers, most likely after he stepped on a mine when he was herding goats and sheep in Paktia province, south of Kabul, about five months ago
21. Afghan drug addicts sleeping on the territory of the National Olympic Stadium in Kabul, Afghanistan, May 17, 2011.
22. Afghan considering the raw gems and negotiates the price in a store, Mohammed Rasoul Haji Shams on the market May 18, 2011, in Kabul, Afghanistan. Mineral resources of Afghanistan are relatively unexplored. It is known that in Afghanistan there are deposits of coal, copper, gold and iron ore, precious and semiprecious stones, including high-quality emeralds, lapis lazuli, red garnets and rubies. Given the unfavorable geographic situation of the country, ongoing instability, plus the lack of adequate infrastructure and vehicles, to carry out mining operations and mining is still very difficult. Despite attempts to bring positive changes in the mining industry in Afghanistan are used with fixed, primitive methods and outdated equipment.
23. Afghan men smoke "sheesha" at a fast food restaurant 'Kabul Fried Chicken' in Kabul, Afghanistan, May 11, 2011.
24. Soldiers of the U.S. Army's Task Force 1-214 Aviation Regiment are heated in the fire at Forward Operating Base Edie, in Helmand province in southern Afghanistan, May 5, 2011.
25. American Paramedics assist injured Afghan soldiers, who suffered knife wounds to the health board the helicopter 1-214 Aviation Regiment to the north of Forward Operating Base Edie, in Helmand province in southern Afghanistan May 15, 2011.
26. The wounded Afghan boy who received severe burns, lies on a stretcher in the ambulance helicopter, 1-214 Aviation Regiment, which will take him to the hospital from Musa Qala in Helmand province in southern Afghanistan May 11, 2011.
27. Men who were wounded during the attack Taliban militants, are being treated in hospital Marvaisa, May 11, 2011 in Kandahar, Afghanistan. After the start of their annual spring offensive across the country, hundreds of Taliban fighters began attacking checkpoints throughout the country.
28. Afghan woman and a young girl praying after Friday prayers in the mosque Elm Madinatul May 13, 2011 in Kabul, Afghanistan. In many mosques women have separate rooms for prayer, but in many areas of Afghanistan that are under Taliban control, women are allowed to pray only at home.
29. Afghan boys learn the Koran in a religious school Islami Nur May 12, 2011 in Kandahar, Afghanistan. In spite of several terrorist attacks that occurred near the center of the city, children go to school
30. Afghan woman with a child in the sanctuary Carty Sahi 13 May 2011 in Kabul, Afghanistan.
31. Afghan girl looks out the door of his house in Kabul on May 10, 2011. The Afghan government on Tuesday urged the Taliban leaders to join peace talks initiated by the government to avoid the fate of Osama bin Laden who was killed by an elite unit of U.S. troops last week.
32. Afghan woman walks along the alley in the old part of Kabul, May 6, 2011. Although the death of Osama bin Laden can not have any positive effect on the war in Afghanistan, it is able to initiate negotiations with Western countries by the Taliban, experts say.
33. An Afghan man walks past the ruins of the Palace Darul Aman, the former residence of Afghan King Amanullah, in Kabul May 7, 2011. The Taliban began active military operations, including those initiated by the attack of six suicide attacks on government facilities in the southern Afghan city of Kandahar on Saturday, leaving at least thirty people were injured varying degrees of severity.
34. Italian soldiers of the International Security Assistance Force, NATO is helping a wounded comrade on the site of the attack in Herat, 30 May 2011. Intruders attacked the headquarters of the reconstruction team in Herat province in western Afghanistan
35. Helicopter U.S. Marines Cobra flies near a forward operating base in Helmand province, Eddie in southern Afghanistan, May 8, 2011. 36
36. U.S. Army medic, Sgt Jose Rivera of the Task Force 1-214 Aviation Regiment shaves his head in anticipation of the new mission at a forward operating base in Helmand province, Eddie in southern Afghanistan, May 8, 2011.
37. An Afghan policeman guards the stairs after the militants attacked the house of the governor of Kandahar province, Kandahar May 8, 2011. May 8 shooting continued for a second day as Afghan forces attacked Taliban resisted. Total killed eighteen people, including fourteen rebels.
38. Afghan female police officer in shooting practice during the passage of the training program in police training center in Herat, May 4, 2011. U.S. president Barack Obama pledged in July to begin withdrawing about 100 thousand U.S. military personnel currently in Afghanistan, but officials have not yet said exactly how many forces will be withdrawn. Staff shortages and problems that exist in the Afghan army and police, could jeopardize the goal of NATO to transfer security control to the Government in Kabul in 2015, says Pentagon report on April 29, 2011.
39. Afghan National Army soldiers involved in combat operations Patrol Bandini, which is held the second battalion of the eighty-first platoon Sistani, Helmand Province, May 7, 2011. To date, nearly 130,000 members of the international forces in the territory of Afghanistan, participating in operations led by the United States. The purpose of surgery is to defeat the Taliban forces, who began fighting in 2001.
40. Afghan teenager sharpens scissors at a roadside shop in Kabul May 28, 2011. The life in the country remains extremely low despite foreign powers provided humanitarian assistance.
41. Afghan children play on the territory of the old military fort, Shah, Ara Hilltop, in Kabul May 29, 2011.
42. Relatives of fallen soldiers visit Kandahar Memorial May 24, 2011.
43. Afghan boy on a hill in Kabul on May 13, 2011.
44. U.S. soldiers light candles. They are going to celebrate Memorial Day at the headquarters of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in Kabul on May 29, 2011. Some U.S. troops in Afghanistan has also held ceremonies on the eve of Remembrance Day.
45. Afghan boy being taken to children's tricycle on a street in Kabul on May 10, 2011.
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