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An M-14 sniper rifle sits beside a watch tower as smoke rises in the background after U.S. soldiers blew up a mud wall which Taliban insurgents were using as cover to attack troops from the 1-320th Alpha Battery, 2nd Brigade of the 101st Airborne Division at Combat Outpost Nolen, in the volatile Arghandab Valley, Kandahar, Afghanistan, Thursday, July 29, 2010. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)
Photo by: Rodrigo Abd
An M-14 sniper rifle sits beside a watch tower as smoke rises in the background after U.S. soldiers blew up a mud wall which Taliban insurgents were using as cover to attack troops from the 1-320th Alpha Battery, 2nd Brigade of the 101st Airborne Division at Combat Outpost Nolen, in the volatile Arghandab Valley, Kandahar, Afghanistan, Thursday, July 29, 2010. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)

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