File picture of a Kalashnikov in Kabul

 
File picture of a Kalashnikov in Kabul
A Kalashnikov lies near a pile of books in Kabul, in this February 22, 2002 file picture. Arms purchases are soaring in Afghanistan, along with the price of weapons, a sign that many Afghans fear a return of the Taliban, civil war or rising lawlessness. Afghanistan wants to project an image of stability ahead of 2014, a critical year when presidential elections will be held and the 350,000 Afghan security force will take over security from Western troops. REUTERS/Mario Laporta/Files