Photos from Afghanistan for December 2011

In 2010, 711 were killed in Afghanistan NATO soldiers, and in 2011 — 565. This is the most significant decrease in mortality compared with the previous year in 10 years of war. NATO troops have been crucial in the war, and this fact is more concerned with the Afghans, to the extent that the United States and other countries to speed up the planned withdrawal of troops. This year, 23,000 American soldier must leave the country, and for 2014 year planned complete withdrawal of troops. While the main focus of U.S. military efforts to train the Afghan army and solving the problem of repatriation of military equipment the total cost of 30 billion dollars.
We offer a selection of photos that illustrate the action in Afghanistan last month.

Photos from Afghanistan for December 2011

1. Corporal James Fernandez of Alpha Company of the 9th inzhenernogobatalona uses an electric saw to remove the fencing at the firing Saents base in Helmand province, Dec. 13 2011. In December, the 9th Engineers spent dismantling of several patrol bases. (USMC / Cpl. Bryan Nygaard)

Photos from Afghanistan for December 2011

2. Help command to restore the "Kapisa" is preparing to deploy to Atterberi camp in Afghanistan, December 16, 2011. It will be the first unit, which will be trained on the new combat simulator designed specifically for modeling situations by improvised explosive devices. (US Army / Staff Sgt. Matthew Scotten)

Photos from Afghanistan for December 2011

3. Afghans turn to the reception of the local authorities in the town of Pul-i-Alam, Logar province, November 28, 2011. (Reuters / Umit Bektas)

Photos from Afghanistan for December 2011

4. Firefighters extinguish NATO trucks and tankers after an attack in Quetta, Pakistan, Dec. 8, 2011. As a result of rocket attacks burned 20 cars. (Banaras Khan / AFP / Getty Images)

Photos from Afghanistan for December 2011

5. The air is filled with splashes of blood — December 3, 2011 in Kabul to mark the beginning of Muharram procession was held, during which the Shiites were engaged in self-flagellation. Muharram — the first month of the Islamic calendar, throughout the Islamic world its first 10 days of mourning for the sufferer dedicated to Imam Hussein, grandson of the Prophet Mohammed. (Reuters / Ahmad Masood)

Photos from Afghanistan for December 2011

6. Afghan Shiites wash and rinse knives odezhku after self-flagellation in Kabul, December 3, 2011. (AP Photo / Musadeq Sadeq)

Photos from Afghanistan for December 2011

7. Marines from the 1st squadron of unmanned aerial vehicles Marine Corps in Afghanistan December 17, 2011 have made delivery of cargo in a combat zone by an unmanned helicopter. The helicopter ferried more than one and a half tons of food and supplies from Camp Dwyer to the outpost Payne. On the flight took about one and a half hours. (USMC / Cpl. Justin M. Boling)

Photos from Afghanistan for December 2011

8. French soldiers from the 1st Infantry Regiment at Forward Operating Base Niyrab in the Torah, the province of Surobi, 31 December 2011 year. (Joel Saget / AFP / Getty Images)

Photos from Afghanistan for December 2011

9. Relatives of Staff Sgt Vincent Bell's funeral at Arlington national Cemetery in Virginia, December 27, 2011. Bell died in service in Afghanistan. (AP Photo / Susan Walsh)

Photos from Afghanistan for December 2011

10. Bulwark of Herat, December 3, 2011. The U.S. Embassy in Afghanistan has allocated one billion dollars for the reconstruction of the fortress. (Aref Karimi / AFP / Getty Images)

Photos from Afghanistan for December 2011

11. A few moments later, after a suicide bombing at a meeting of the Shiites in Kabul. December 6, 2011. The bomber detonated in the Shiite temple where hundreds of people gathered to celebrate Ashura. 20 people were killed. (Reuters / Najibullah Musafer)

Photos from Afghanistan for December 2011

12. Twelve devchenka Tarana is surround
ed by dead men, ladies and kids, just blast killed the suicide bomber in Kabul, December 6, 2011. "When I was able to get up, lay dead bodies everywhere, everything was covered in blood, and I was very, very scary," said Babe. Its name translated means "melody". Of 17 of her relatives who went to prazdnichek Ashura seven, including a seven-year brother Shoaib, were killed. In total, the explosion killed 70 people. Similar incidents in Iraq and Pakistan have become a prerequisite worsening conflict between Sunnis and Shiites. (Massoud Hossaini / AFP / Getty Images)

Photos from Afghanistan for December 2011

13. U.S. Army sergeant Devon Box Company B of the 7th Battalion, 158th Aviation Regiment, admires the Afghan landscape, sitting on the ramp helicopter CH-47D "Chinook". Second "Chinook" can be seen in the distance. The helicopter was traveling from Kabul to Jalalabad Dec. 17, 2011. (US Army / Spc. Ken Scar)

Photos from Afghanistan for December 2011

14. Helicopter UH-1Y "Huey" U.S. Marine Corps landing in Helmand province, Afghanistan, Dec. 25, 2011. At Christmas, helicopters brought the Marines at the outposts across Afghanistan tons of parcels. (USMC)

Photos from Afghanistan for December 2011

15. Village inhabitant crosses the bridge in Kasamabade to get to school in the village of Baghban in Day Kundi province, December 10, 2011. Coalition forces plan to make a better condition of the bridge to facilitate the students going to the school. (US Navy / Petty Officer 1st Class Matthew Leistikow)

Photos from Afghanistan for December 2011

16. Grover, the character of "Sesame Street" with the Afghans near the French Cultural Center in Kabul. November 30, 2011. Now kids in Afghanistan can begin their pre-school education through the program "Sesame Street." (Reuters / Omar Sobhani)

Photos from Afghanistan for December 2011

17. Aerial view of the mountain range of the Hindu Kush, January 1, 2012. (Joel Saget / AFP / Getty Images)

Photos from Afghanistan for December 2011

18. Afghan 4 Special Forces guarding the captured Taliban in Herat, December 29, 2011. Taliban fighters have been captured during an operation the Afghan government army. (Aref Karimi / AFP / Getty Images)

Photos from Afghanistan for December 2011

19. Kids are looking at the German soldiers of an international Security Assistance Force (ISAF), who smokes on a halt during a patrol Khel village surrounded by Chahar Dara, December 16, 2011. (Reuters / Thomas Peter)

Photos from Afghanistan for December 2011

20. Pakistani Taliban fighters conduct training in the southern region of Waziristan. Associated Press reporter Ishtak Mahsud spent six days with the Taliban near the Afghan border. (AP Photo / Ishtiaq Mahsud)

Photos from Afghanistan for December 2011

21. Pakistani Taliban fighters hold exercises in the South Waziristan region. (AP Photo / Ishtiaq Mahsud)

Photos from Afghanistan for December 2011

22. Travis Beard, creator of "Undercover cinema" indicates a movie in one of the cellars of Kabul, December 8, 2011. "Undercover cinema" for fans of British cinema held its first meeting outside of England. (Reuters / Ahmad Masood)

Photos from Afghanistan for December 2011

23. An Afghan named Elvis, Farhad Darya, salting good will of the UN performs at a concert for Afghan women and men in the school Amani in Kabul, November 24 2011 year. Darius, called the Afghan Elvis, perhaps the only man in the country, the public is able to reincarnate in moderate hijab in sweaty mass of shouting and whistling fans. (Massoud Hossaini / AFP /Getty Images)

Photos from Afghanistan for December 2011

24. Ladies and girls at a concert singer Farhad Daria, 24 November 2011 year. In a country where even 10 years ago, music was banned, and the rights of women are limited by the Taliban, Darius is considered an icon. The concert was held in secret, because the venue could be attacked by extremis
ts. (Massoud Hossaini / AFP / Getty Images)

Photos from Afghanistan for December 2011

25. South American fighter is bent in half from the pain in medical helicopter after he was wounded in the explosion of a homemade land mine in Logar Province, Nov. 21, 2011. (Reuters / Umit Bektas)

Photos from Afghanistan for December 2011

26. A boy riding a skateboard on the hill Naderhan in Kabul, 14 November 2011. (AP Photo / Ahmad Jamshid)

Photos from Afghanistan for December 2011

27. West Point Cadet Lt. Michael Norris obymaet his mother's coffin Terry Private First Class Cody Norris at his funeral in La Porte, Texas, Nov. 21, 2011. 20-year-old Cody Norris died Nov. 9 in Kandahar province when his car came under fire fighters. (AP Photo / Houston Chronicle, Mayra Beltran)

Photos from Afghanistan for December 2011

28. F-15E "Strike Eagle" soars with the U.S. Air Force Bagram Airfield, Dec. 21, 2011. (USAF / Tech. Sgt. Matt Hecht)

Photos from Afghanistan for December 2011

29. Tarana Akbari, and her mother, Bibi Hawa at her home in Kabul, December 10, 2011. For a few days earlier Taran miraculously survived the explosion at the mosque bombing. (Massoud Hossaini / AFP / Getty Images)

Photos from Afghanistan for December 2011

30. Marine Corporal Britt Burns loaded into helicopter operations group "Dust Off", Charlie Company 214 th Aviation Regiment. Britt was wounded in the explosion of a landmine handicrafts in Sangin, Helmand province. (AP Photo / Anja Niedringhaus)

Photos from Afghanistan for December 2011

31. Marine Corporal Britt Burns looks photo made immediately after his injury, medical center Hunter Holmes in Richmond, Virginia. Britt takes a long-term function recovery after a large piece of cut an artery in his neck and caused partial paralysis. (AP Photo / Anja Niedringhaus)

Photos from Afghanistan for December 2011

32. Marines from the 1st of the Border Support assist the Afghan border guards and police to carry out the operation "Eagle hunting." (USMC / Cpl. Marco Mancha)

Photos from Afghanistan for December 2011

33. Afghan police arrange a demonstration performance during the graduation ceremony of police stations in the training center in Herat, December 22, 2011. At the end of the eight-week course of training center Ansar 606 police released the 500 (Aref Karimi / AFP / Getty Images)

Photos from Afghanistan for December 2011

34. Explosion 225-pound bomb dropped by air support aircraft emplacement surrounded by militants of Gela, Ghanzi province, December 27, 2011. The battle began in the (US Army / Spc. Michael Creech)

Photos from Afghanistan for December 2011

35. Brandi and Levi Hoyle next to a photo of their father and wife Andy Coquilles, Oregon, December 23, 2011. While the real Andy is in Afghanistan, "slim Andy" goes everywhere with the family and has become a well-known personality. (AP Photo / The World, Lou Sennick)

Photos from Afghanistan for December 2011

36. Afghan boys play football in Kabul, December 21, 2011. Football — one of the most popular games in Afghanistan and for the most part it played in the dusty sand sites. (Shah Marai / AFP / Getty Images)

Photos from Afghanistan for December 2011

37. Boots Army soldiers of the Afghan government on the floor of the hospital Forward Operating Base Shank in Logar province, November 12, 2011. (Reuters / Umit Bektas)

Photos from Afghanistan for December 2011

38. From left to right: Elaine Diemer, Dzhenel Costner and Maritz Batallas help Ann Marie Tebs try on a dress during "Operation Wedding dress" in a wedding boutique in Gastonia, North Carolina, November 20, 2011. Tebs, a student at the Institute of North Carolina, engaged to Peter Richards junior sergeant serving in Afghanistan. (AP Photo / The Gaston Gazette, Ben Goff)

Photos from Afghanistan for December 2011

39. Technician Sergeant Mike Morris in a suit of Santa Claus ship pallet with barrels on board the C-17 Globemaster III, Dec. 23, 2011. (USAF / Staff Sgt. Nathanael Callon)

Photos from Afghanistan for December 2011

40. Fifteen-year Afghan woman looks at Sugar Roar minister Husn Banu Ghazanfar (right) in Kabul clinic, Dec. 31, 2011. Police rescued a lady that was beaten and kept under lock and key almost 5 months of her own relatives, forced her into prostitution. Lady found in the basement of her husband in Baghlan province December 26, 2011, after her ancestors told the police about her disappearance. (Shah Marai / AFP / Getty Images)

Photos from Afghanistan for December 2011

41. Sergeant Afghan national army Shah Baaz uses a metal detector under the supervision of the commander of the Marine Corps Lance Corporal Zachary Fisher of the 3rd Platoon Indiana 3rd Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment, December 30, 2011. (USMC / Cpl. Reece Lodder)

Photos from Afghanistan for December 2011

42. Notes on the tree at Arlington national Cemetery in Virginia, December 16, 2011. On the section number 60 in this cemetery are buried soldiers killed in Iraq and Afghanistan. Staff Sergeant Matthew West, who is mentioned on the star, started the second year Service sapper in Afghanistan in July 2010, and died a month later in the explosion, along with another 4-servicemen. In the U.S., he left a wife and three children. (AP Photo / Jacquelyn Martin)

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