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  • In this Friday, Oct. 19, 2012 photo, a member of Afghanistan's elite Civil Order Police squints from the dust as he and others line up before a patrol in Marjah, southern Helmand province, Afghanistan. As the U.S. and NATO close out their mission in Afghanistan preparing for the final withdrawal of combat troops by the end of 2014, the worry looms large that fresh outbursts of ethnically motivated fighting would send the country into a spiral of chaos and violence.

    Members of Afghanistan's elite Civil Order Police have been able to win over southern Afghans in the Taliban heartland, despite fears of ethnic tensions.

    LAST UPDATE : Dec 12, 2012, 6:00 PM EST
  • A Syrian rebel fighter takes aim at government forces, from a flat in a rebel controlled building on the front line in Aleppo's northern Izaa quarter, on November 3, 2012.

    Western efforts to oust Assad shifted Wednesday: Britain said it would deal with rebels, Turkey said NATO members discussed a safe zone in Syria.

    LAST UPDATE : Dec 12, 2012, 3:30 AM EST