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An Afghan Army soldier in a guard tower watches as an improvised explosive device blows up during a battle outside the wire at the Afghan and U.S. Forward Operating Base Howz-e-Madad, operated by the U.S. 2nd Battalion, 502nd Infantry Regiment of the 101st Airborne Division, in Zhari district, Kandahar province, southern Afghanistan, Friday, Aug. 20, 2010. The 101st Airborne's 2-502 and their Afghan Army partners operate in a district which, as the birthplace of the Taliban movement, continues to hold many well-armed fighters, and a support network which provides the fighters with improvised explosives and safe havens. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley)
Photo by: Brennan Linsley
An Afghan Army soldier in a guard tower watches as an improvised explosive device blows up during a battle outside the wire at the Afghan and U.S. Forward Operating Base Howz-e-Madad, operated by the U.S. 2nd Battalion, 502nd Infantry Regiment of the 101st Airborne Division, in Zhari district, Kandahar province, southern Afghanistan, Friday, Aug. 20, 2010. The 101st Airborne's 2-502 and their Afghan Army partners operate in a district which, as the birthplace of the Taliban movement, continues to hold many well-armed fighters, and a support network which provides the fighters with improvised explosives and safe havens. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley)

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