Afghanistan's National Army recruits train to fight the Taliban
For a decade, the Afghan National Army has struggled to mold itself into an effective fighting force.
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Afghan army recruits
Azizullah, 20, below, in his fifth week at the Kabul Military Training Center, goes through a weapons exercise. Azizullah and his first cousin Rahmatullah, not shown, are among many in their family in the armed forces. Both were encouraged to join by their fathers and uncles, Pashtuns from a nearby hilltop village where support for Afghan security forces is strong and hatred of Taliban insurgents runs deep.