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In this Sept. 23, 2009 file photo, soldiers from the U.S. Army's 3rd Battalion, 509th Infantry Regiment (Airborne, based at Fort Richardson, Alaska, fire a 120mm mortar during a fire mission at the combat outpost Zerok in East Paktika province in Afghanistan. (AP Photo/Dima Gavrysh, File)
Photo by: Dima Gavrysh
In this Sept. 23, 2009 file photo, soldiers from the U.S. Army's 3rd Battalion, 509th Infantry Regiment (Airborne, based at Fort Richardson, Alaska, fire a 120mm mortar during a fire mission at the combat outpost Zerok in East Paktika province in Afghanistan. (AP Photo/Dima Gavrysh, File)

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