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
Days after raising its terror warning to the second-highest level, Australian police detained 15 people, saying a violent attack was being planned. Police declined to provide exact details on the attack.
ByKristen Gelineau, Associated Press
Australian police detained 15 people Thursday in a major counterterrorism operation, saying intelligence indicated a random, violent attack was being planned on Australian soil.