A burqa-clad Afghan woman walks past the war-damaged Darlaman palace on a cold winter morning in Kabul, in December 2006. Many Afghans struggle to provide adequate food and shelter for their families. Shah Marai/AFP/Getty Images/Newscom/File
An Afghan man walks with his flock of sheep along a snowy road in Kabul, in January 2006. Shah Marai/AFP/Getty Images/Newscom/File
Snow-covered houses are seen from a hill overlooking Kabul on Feb. 8. Shah Marai/AFP/Newscom
Afghan soldiers disembark from a helicopter at the site of an avalanche in Salang Passport in northern Afghanistan's Parwan Province on Feb. 10. Zabi Tamanna/Xinhua/Newscom
Afghan women walk through a snow-covered cemetery in Kabul on Jan. 13, 2009. Though snowfall and cold weather make things more difficult for poor Afghans, people in Afghanistan were pleased by the snowfall as a good omen to end the prolonged drought in Afghanistan. Zuma/Newscom/File
Afghan refugees receive blankets during relief distribution in Herat on Feb. 18, 2008. Reza Shirmohammadi/AFP/Getty Images/Newscom/File
Afghan men hold umbrellas on a snowy day in Kabul, on Dec. 2, 2002. Farzana Wahidy/AFP/Getty Images/Newscom/File
Afghan youths make a snowman in a street of Kabul during a heavy snowfall, in February 2004. Shah Marai/AFP/Newscom/File
In this picture taken on Feb. 2, Afghan Nadjib Sirat and French adventurer Charles Hedrich ski on a mountain in the Paghman district of Kabul province. Massoud Hossaini/AFP/Newscom
Relatives of victims search for survivors at the site of an avalanche in Salang Passport in northern Afghanistan's Parwan Province on Feb. 10. Zabi Tamanna/Xinhua/Newscom
The American 114th Transportation Company, a Minnesota Army National Guard Company headquartered in Duluth, almost disappeared into clouds of wind blown dust on Nov. 20, 2009. Zuma/Newscom/File
The Islamic State is making a concerted push to take Kobani, a town on the Syrian border with Turkey. Kurdish fighters have been defending the town with support from a US-led coalition.
ByElena Becatoros, Associated Press
Fighters from the Islamic State group launched Saturday a new offensive on the northern Syrian town of Kobani after shelling the area from their positions nearby, activists and a Kurdish official said.