For the people of Afghanistan, 2014 is expected to be a landmark year. Foreign forces are due to withdraw and a presidential election is set to take place. But the Taliban remain a threat and so do economic uncertainty and high unemployment.
Afghans living in Taliban-controlled areas say they have to join either side of the fighting to be guaranteed a reliable paycheque.
Al Jazeera's Jane Ferguson reports from Kabul.
Source: Al Jazeera