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Photo: Lynsey Addario for TIME

Lynsey Addario traveled to Afghanistan ahead of upcoming presidential elections, where the first female governor in the country, Habiba Sourabi, is now the first woman running for vice-president.

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Photograph by Rodrigo Abd—AP

"For me this image sums up my feelings about the war in Afghanistan. The loneliness of the soldier in the midst of an unknown desert. The brutality of a war that left thousands of victims and that is increasingly unpopular. A country that, after ten years of military occupation, does not have a promising future."

—Rodrigo Abd, October 10, 2010

On the 12th Anniversary of the U.S. invasion of Afghanistan, revisit The Photographs That Moved Them Most on LightBox.

TIME contract photographer Yuri Kozyrev has traveled on assignment to Afghanistan and Iraq countless times in the past 15 years, documenting just about every aspect of America’s on-going wars. His most recent assignment this past January took him to Bagram Airfield in Afghanistan, where he photographed the U.S. preparations to bring home the men and material of war after more than a decade of fighting.

While editing Kozyrev’s take, TIME’s international picture editor Patrick Witty noticed a similarity between several of the photographs. Looking back through the archive of the photographer’s work, Witty discovered that Kozyrev had made similar images of soldiers awaiting takeoff in a C-17 Globemaster—the plane that will take them out of the combat zone and, eventually, back to the States—in both Iraq and Afghanistan. Despite being taken almost three years apart, the photographs are visually similar—a subtle reminder that despite changing names, locations and circumstances, the tradition of war itself is a patterned response with a long history.

Above: August 2010:  U.S. soldiers from the Virginia National Guard’s 1st Battalion, 116th Infantry Regiment await takeoff as they head home from Camp Adder in Iraq. The unit mobilized in January 2010 and was originally scheduled to serve a 12-month tour of federal active duty.

Below: January 2013: Soldiers from the 101st Airborne and 1st Infantry Divisions await takeoff in the C-17 Globemaster that will take them from Bagram to Manas Airbase in Kyrgyzstan. There, they will await contracted flights home.

Photographs by Yuri Kozyrev documenting America’s long withdrawl from Afghanistan featured in the latest issue of TIME. 

Nov. 7, 2012. Newly graduated Afghan police officers demonstrate their skills during a graduation ceremony at a National Police training center in Laghman province, east of Kabul. (photo: Rahmat Gul—AP

From President Obama’s reelection and Superstorm Sandy’s aftermath to a deadly earthquake in Guatemala and a train cemetery in Bolivia, TIME presents the best photographs of the week.

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Oct. 26, 2012. U.S. soldiers prepare for a night foot patrol in a COP (Combat outpost) Sar Howza in Paktika province, Afghanistan. (photo: Goran Tomasevic—Reuters)

From the devastation of Hurricane Sandy and Eid al-Adha celebrations around the world to the final week of campaigning for the 2012 U.S. presidential election and a suspected smuggler’s jeep perched atop the U.S.–Mexico border fence, TIME presents the best images of the week.

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A soldier rides a donkey in Nineveh, Iraq. 2006. (photo: Peter van Agtmael)

Magnum photographer Peter van Agtmael has received the 2012 W. Eugene Smith Grant in Humanistic Photography. The annual grant aims to recognize a photographer who has “demonstrated an exemplary commitment to documenting the human condition in the spirit of Smith’s concerned photography and dedicated compassion.”

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Oct. 1, 2012. An Afghan refugee girl stands next to her family’s sheep in a field next to a slum area on the outskirts of Islamabad. (photo:Muhammed Muheisen–AP)

From the U.S. presidential debate in Denver and a ferry disaster in Hong Kong to Europe’s unbelievable Ryder Cup comeback in Illinois and a tiger cub at the Shanghai Zoo, TIME presents the best pictures of the week. 

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Sept. 25, 2012. A picture, taken on Sept. 19 and recently made available, shows a 4-day-old baby girl discovered by a Polish anti-bomb squad at a roadside in Ghazni, Afghanistan. The girl, named Pola, has been entrusted to Afghanistan State authorities, according to a Polish military spokesperson. (photo: EPA/ISAF)

From the NFL touchdown controversy in the U.S. and Israelis observing Yom Kippur to China’s first aircraft carrier and surfing with dolphins in Australia, TIME presents the best images of the week.

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A soldier sits on his bed at a Combat Operating Post in the south of Logar Province, Afghanistan. September 2009.

The Homecoming Project uses photographs to illuminate the ongoing issues of veterans from the past decades’ wars.

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