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U.S. Marines walk on tracks of a vehicle to avoid improvised explosive devices (IEDs) as their platoon clears a route to reach another platoon in Marjah in Afghanistan's Helmand province in 2010. Marines airdropped into the region came under intense Taliban fire. (Associated Press)

U.S. Marines walk on tracks of a vehicle to avoid improvised explosive devices (IEDs) as their platoon clears a route to reach another platoon in Marjah in Afghanistan's Helmand province in 2010. Marines airdropped into the region came under intense Taliban fire. (Associated Press)

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