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In this photograph taken on September 23 dust kicks off the ground... News PhotoAfghanistan,Armed Forces,Army Soldier,Attached,Close To,Conflict,Dawn,Dust,Exploding,General View,Horizontal,Igniting,Infantry,Kandahar,Kicking,Photograph,Platoon,Road,US Military,VillagePhotographer Collection: AFP 2012 AFP(FILES) In this photograph taken on September 23, 2012, dust kicks off the ground during an operation by US Army soldiers attached to the 2nd platoon, C-Coy. 1-23 Infantry based at Zangabad foward operating base in Panjwai ditrict after Anti Personnel Obstacle Breaching System -- abbreviated as A-POBS (charges fired by rocket and trigger safe detonation of IED's used to make roadside bombs) -- detonate on a nearby road during a dawn operation at Naja-bien village. With the end of the US surge in Afghanistan, the Taliban have survived the biggest military onslaught the West will throw at them -- and fears are growing that a disastrous new civil war looms. The last of the extra 33,000 soldiers President Barack Obama deployed nearly three years ago left late last month, and the remaining NATO force of some 112,000 will follow by the end of 2014. AFP PHOTO/Tony KARUMBA/ FILES (Photo credit should read TONY KARUMBA/AFP/Getty Images)