Afghanistan: 2010 photo highlights
January 3rd, 2011
04:48 PM ET

Afghanistan: Some 2010 photo highlights

From U.S. soldiers in gun turrets to a boy selling balloons on the streets of Kabul: Check out some of the scenes captured by CNN over the year in telling the Afghanistan story.

See more photos of Afghanistan in the Photo Spotlight

• Navigating Kabul's crazy traffic
• Views from outside the wire
• Views from inside the machine
• Inside the game of buzkashi

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  1. suzie81

    Today is January 7 in Seattle and I have been up all night exploring ways to raise a million dollars by researching all of the war, all of the natural disasters and everyone in charge of it all. Man o man, its seems like a really rough road out there to me and I don't think it is in the least bit worthy of being taken lightly. None of it. Pakistan has 20 million people displaced. Can you believe that? I do, and man that really is bad. As for the soldiers on all sides of this war and that war too. I love them. I have 3 brothers and was boy crazy for boys. I am 44 this month and I am still boy crazy. It is killing me that all those boys are out there like that. I swear to god when i imagine Viet-Nam I about puke and turn inside out with horror. Afghanistan...Pakistan...Sudan. I am just learning how to decipher the evidence and connect dots here. I know there are females out there to and all I can say is they shouldn't be. For every reason under the sun. With all due respect.

    January 7, 2011 at 7:38 am | Report abuse |
  2. George Patton

    You must have slept through the cold war or not been born yet. The Soviets were using yellow rain [chemical weapons] against the Afghan population and carpet bombing outside of the Afghan cities. Liberal garbage. Osama Bin Laden didn't decide to start attacking America until after Desert Storm. The mujahideen were freedom fighters – remember Ahmad Shah Masood – he was fighting against the Taliban and Bin Laden.

    The Taliban are Saudi Arabia's and Pakistans fault. They funded the islamist madrassas in Pakistan to train zealots as proxies against India and the secular government in Afghanistan and to counter the influence of Iran, Russia, India, UK, US etc.... The Afghan people had a history of tolerance before the Taliban brought thier brand of racism to Afghanistan under the facade of fundamentalism.

    Some of the Pashtuns accepted the Taliban as a stabilizing influence during the lawlessness and civil war that happened after the Soviet withdrawal. Then the Taliban started their genocide of the Hazaras, Tajiks and Uzbeks. The Taliban even had Hindus wear yellow patches like the Nazis did to the Jews. I wonder who gave them that idea, Pakistan?

    January 4, 2011 at 11:59 am | Report abuse |
  3. Jones

    That burqa woman was more covered than a klansman!

    January 4, 2011 at 10:23 am | Report abuse |
  4. Raymond

    There are so many more photos which could have been used to show the redevelopment. Flickr has a good selection. Afghanistan will flourish in the coming decades for its population is not that big and it has good natural resources and a good supply of fresh water from the mountains.

    January 4, 2011 at 5:06 am | Report abuse |
    • Jones

      It most certainly will not "flourish", ever. Afghanistan is a s- hole for eternity.

      January 4, 2011 at 10:25 am | Report abuse |
  5. Adam

    I wouldn't trade one marine, sailor, airman, or dogface for a million Afghans. Bringing security to a Muslim nation is impossible- time to bring our boys home and close the flood gate.

    January 4, 2011 at 2:58 am | Report abuse |
    • Pshh

      That's a naive and self-centric answer to the problem. Homeland security is hard enough when Americans like yourself won't accept simple airport security or increased security of any kind that, let's face it, isn't 100% terrorist proof. And furthermore, the mindset of the people you say you wouldn't trade are that they would trade their lives for just one Afghan. You can't just "close the flood gate" and let corruption, death, and injustice flood the world. I completely agree that what we're doing is providing security and humanitarian support. Sure, we may not be doing it in their best interest, although I'm sure that is the mindset of most people involved and surely will be the overall net gain of democracy and humanitarian projects, even if the majority of the fat cats or big wigs are planning some kind of dastardly scheme to rob them of their monayz or laborz. The world has problems, we're still living in a primitive state where people don't realize that even the U.S. and Europe have gangs, tribes, social hierarchy, crime, poor economical systems, homeless, broken down infer-structures, tyranny, and much more. We haven't given up on anything, but we're addressing problems like natural disasters, domestic and international terrorism, and wars that threaten the most lives and cause the most chaos, first and foremost with the full power of the U.S. military, private sector, and civilian aid. Just my opinion that what we're doing is good for everyone, and we've jumped into worse where we've lost more fighting for something stupid.

      January 4, 2011 at 8:45 am | Report abuse |
  6. icommand

    US is actively prospecing Afghanisan land and has found major US companies will come to afghanistan and start mining....US will only look at afghanistan as a useful country till they have exploited the place completely...its western policy throughout the world...and asians fall prey to it always..

    January 3, 2011 at 10:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • UR-Talib-ghost-writer

      You are an Al Qaeda ghost writer. The coalition is in Afghanistan because Mullah Omar, the leader of the Taliban, hid Osama Bin Laden after he murdered 3000 innocent people on 9/11. American corporations do not want Afghanistan's natural resources. There is a reason that Afghan Police and Army outposts are being put up around the country. It is to bring security, so that you will either surrender, join the political process or assist you to become a martyr.

      January 4, 2011 at 1:40 am | Report abuse |
  7. Scruffer

    This is SUCH a mis-representation of Afghanistan. And, no, I have not been there.
    I've seen the statistics though – how many people are killed, the enormous amount of corruption.
    There is no 'progress' there – thousands killed, no security. Not under the Russians, not under US occupation.
    The Taliban was the most secure the Afghans knew in ages. Yes, extremely oppressive towards women – so offer women a way out. Let it be a nation of men.
    Just pull out – divert the BILLIONS towards our own US. Offer Afghan women sanctuary if they want. Give the women a choice – let the rest go.
    We NEED those BILLIONS wasted in corruption and lives in Afghanistan, right here at home.
    People are dying at home. We need our government to stand up for US!!!

    January 3, 2011 at 9:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • Electrician in Afghanistan

      The photos are a perfect representation of Afghanistan, though I've taken better shots myself driving around the country. Perhaps i should give up being an electrician and become a CNN photographer. Kabul is hectic and dirty, Herat is beautiful and full of pine trees, the countryside ranges from desolate landscapes to rich farmland that looks much like Eastern Washington.

      January 4, 2011 at 3:31 am | Report abuse |
    • Blackhorse20

      The key statement that you made is that you have not been there, so how could possiblly know what is a misrepresentation of Afghanistan. Well let me tell you since you have not been there, and I have for close to 5 years. The photos are a good representation of Afghanistan. If you ask the majority of the Afghan people, they will tell you that they want a better country, with more schools, hospitals, paved roads, and less corruption. It is the narrow-minded thinking in which you have displayed, allows for weakness. As an American we are not weak and we do not turn our backs and give up on a country when we already involved in a mission to aid.

      January 4, 2011 at 10:00 am | Report abuse |
  8. Gary Johndro


    January 3, 2011 at 7:45 pm | Report abuse |