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An Afghan police officer armed with a PKM machine gun waits in the back of  a pickup truck before a meeting with tribal elders in the village of Osman Kheyl, in Maiwand district, Kandahar province, Afghanistan. Afghan police serve primarily as paramilitary forces in the fight against a worsening Taliban insurgency in southern Afghanistan. Aug. 7, 2008. DREW BROWN/STARS AND STRIPES