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An Afghan Local Police personnel keeps watch during a patrol in Nor... News PhotoAfghanistan,Conflict,District,Horizontal,Kunar Province,OccupationPhotographer Collection: AFP 2013 AFPAn Afghan Local Police (ALP) personnel keeps watch during a patrol in Nor Gal district Kunar province on February 13, 2013. The Afghan government welcomed President Barack Obama's announcement that the United States will withdraw 34,000 troops from the war-torn country over the next year. NATO, which has about 37,000 troops in Afghanistan, will also withdraw them in stages before the end of 2014. AFP PHOTO/ Noorullah Shirzada (Photo credit should read Noorullah Shirzada/AFP/Getty Images)