Afghanistan: March 2012

An Afghan woman holds up opium as she attends a counseling session at the Nejat drug rehabilitation center. Opiate consumption in Afghanistan, where it has long been a medication but in recent years has been used increasingly for recreation, is also on a sharp rise. Nejat estimates around 60,000 women in Afghanistan regularly take illegal drugs, including hashish and marijuana. (Ahmad Masood/Reuters)

In early April, in an attempt to accelerate the transition of military responsibility to the Afghan government, the US agreed to hand control of special operations missions to Afghan forces, including night raids, relegating American troops to a supporting role. This deal cleared the way for the two countries to move ahead with an agreement that would establish the shape of American support to Afghanistan after the 2014 troop withdrawal deadline. Domestic support for the war (in the US) has dropped sharply. We look back at March in the troubled country. — Paula Nelson (37 photos total)

Originally posted by The Big Picture

This entry was published on April 13, 2012 at 10:24 am. It’s filed under Blogosphere, Civil rights, English, Photo story and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Follow any comments here with the RSS feed for this post.

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