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In Pictures: Graeme Smith chronicles - Kandahar then and now

A collection of photos from Globe and Mail reporter Graeme Smith's 2005 coverage from Afghanistan

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A Canadian soldier stands on a Bison as it is parked next to a Bison (centre) and a Coyote (left) armoured vehicles at Kandahar Airbase in Kandahar, Afghanistan, in this Feb. 4, 2002 file photo. The Canadian army is spending $36-million to bolster the protection of the vehicles destined for duty in war-torn southern Afghanistan.

KEVIN FRAYER/Canadian Press

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Mir Zaman, brother of Commander Deedar, a jihadi leader who was disqualified from the election, led dozens of the warlord's followers in a charge against a line of police protecting the Electoral Complaints Commission on Wednesday. 2005

Graeme Smith/The Globe and Mail

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Sgt. Jack Durnford of the Royal Canadian Dragoons prepares his team for a night patrol around Kabul, almost exactly 24 hours before a similar patrol was attacked yesterday with an improvised explosive device. 2005

Graeme Smith / The Globe and Mail

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Master-Corporal Kevin Langlois, of the Montreal-based Canadian Psychological Operations, distributing posters and leaflets near the Pakistani border on Saturday.

Graeme Smith/Graeme Smith / The Globe and Mail 2005

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Jamaludin, 12, prepares for another border crossing. He makes several trips across the Afghan-Pakistani border every day, like dozens of other child smugglers from the border town of Wesh. They get paid 40 or 50 cents per crossing, they say, and split their earnings to the border guards.

Graeme Smith / The Globe and Mail 2005

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An Afghan woman displays her voter registration card in a polling station of Mazar-i-Sharif,18 September 2005. In a relatively big turn out Afghans voted for a paliament for the first time in more than 30 years, the ballote marked the war-weary's nations path towards democracy.


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SEPTEMBER 18 2005: An Afghan woman votes in the nation's first Parliamentary Election on September 18, 2005 in Kabul, Afghanistan. The election is part of a major step for the country to restore democracy and stability almost four years after the Taliban was ousted. Afghans will elect a lower house of parliment in all of its 34 provinces.

Paula Bronstein/Getty Images

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Iltaf Shah, 34, a Pakistani engineer, works just inside enormous gates that mark the Afghan border. Afghans have started making rude comments to the Pakistanis who visit, he said, as they grow angry about a border dispute.

Graeme Smith / The Globe and Mail 2005

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Hidayatullah Azizi, 30, describes himself as the only film director in Kandahar. His father was a director, too; he still has the VHS cassettes they smuggled out of the country when they were fleeing the Taliban, fearing they could be killed if they were caught with forbidden materials

Graeme Smith/The Globe and Mail

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