Entering Austria
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Afghans leave their country two years after U.S. withdrawal

Entering Austria

Narges Heydari, 15, catches her crying brother, Matin, 1, as he is lifted over the fence at the Austrian border. Narges climbed the fence first because of the crush of people. She arrived from Afghanistan with her parents and three siblings.

 (Carolyn Cole / Los Angeles Times)
Mourning those lost trying to reach Europe

Afghan mourners offer funeral prayers for a family who drowned trying to cross the Aegean Sea between Turkey and Greece. “It was God’s will,” says Mohammed Ashraf, a tear rolling down his weathered face as he looks at the lifeless bodies of five male relatives recently brought back to Kabul after they drowned trying to reach Europe.

 (Wakil Kohsar / AFP/Getty Images)
Mohammad Azim

Mohammad Azim, a 26-year-old university graduate with broad shoulders and a sweep of dark hair, decided recently to set off for Iran on his own, hoping to send for his wife and baby daughter once he reached Europe.

 (Shashank Bengali)
In Kandahar

An Afghan child sits in the ruins of a house in the Panjwai district of Kandahar. Panjwai was one of the centerpieces of the 2009 troop surge.

 (Javed Tanveer / AFP/Getty Images)
ANC north of Kabul

An Afghan national army soldier takes a moment to look at his phone following weeks of heavy clashes with Taliban militants in Baghlan, north of Kabul.

 (Massoud Hossaini / Associated Press)
Patrol in Kandahar

Afghan anti-Taliban militia patrol in the Panjwai district of Kandahar.

 (Javed Tanveer / AFP/Getty Images)
Handing over hardware

Army personnel stand next to A-29 Super Tucano attack aircraft. U.S officials formally delivered four Brazil-made Super Tucano attack aircraft to the Afghan Defense Ministry in Kabul.

 (Anadolu Agency / Getty Images)
U.S. troops on patrol

1st. Lt. Zachary Peterson of Sharpsburg, Ga., and other U.S. soldierstake part in an operation in support of Afghan soldiers in Wardak province, Afghanistan.

 (Carolyn Cole / Los Angeles Times)