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A US soldier from 1-320th Alpha Battery, 2nd Brigade of the 101st Airborne Division, returns fire towards insurgents as an Afghan soldier takes position during clashes at COP Nolen, in the volatile Arghandab Valley, Kandahar, Afghanistan, Tuesday, July 27, 2010. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)

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US soldiers from 1-320th Alpha Battery, 2nd Brigade of the 101st Airborne Division, run to firing positions after coming under attack by Taliban insurgents at COP Nolen, in the volatile Arghandab Valley, Kandahar, Afghanistan, Tuesday, July 27, 2010. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)

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US soldiers from 1-320th Alpha Battery, 2nd Brigade of the 101st Airborne Division, fire towards insurgents after coming under attack by Taliban at COP Nolen, in the volatile Arghandab Valley, Kandahar, Afghanistan, Tuesday, July 27, 2010. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)

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US Army 2LT John Keller, of Downingtown, PA, from 1-320th Alpha Battery, 2nd Brigade of the 101st Airborne Division, directs mortar fire towards insurgent positions during clashes at COP Nolen, in the volatile Arghandab Valley, Kandahar, Afghanistan, Tuesday, July 27, 2010. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)

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US Army soldiers of the 1-320th Alpha Battery, 2nd Brigade of the 101st Airborne Division, over-watch insurgent positions during clashes at COP Nolen, in the volatile Arghandab Valley, Kandahar, Afghanistan, Tuesday, July 27, 2010. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)

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An Afghan soldier launches a rocket propelled grenade as US soldiers of the 1-320th Alpha Battery, 2nd Brigade of the 101st Airborne Division duck during a clash with insurgents at COP Nolen, in the volatile Arghandab Valley, Kandahar, Afghanistan, Tuesday, July 27, 2010. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)

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U.S. Army soldiers provide cover for a medical evacuation Blackhawk helicopter taking off with soldier wounded by a hidden bomb during a patrol by the 1-320th Alpha Battery, 2nd Brigade of the 101st Airborne Division near COP Nolen, in the volatile Arghandab Valley, Kandahar, Afghanistan, Friday, July 23, 2010. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)

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A U.S. medical evacuation Blackhawk helicopter takes off carrying soldiers wounded by a hidden bomb during a patrol by the 1-320th Alpha Battery, 2nd Brigade of the 101st Airborne Division near COP Nolen, in the volatile Arghandab Valley, Kandahar, Afghanistan, Friday, July 23, 2010. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)

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A U.S. Army soldier frisks an Afghan villager during a patrol by the 1-320th Alpha Battery, 2nd Brigade of the 101st Airborne Division near COP Nolen, in the volatile Arghandab Valley, Kandahar, Afghanistan, Friday, July 23, 2010. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)

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An Afghan villager raises his shirt for U.S. Army soldiers to show he is not carrying weapons or explosives during a patrol by the 1-320th Alpha Battery, 2nd Brigade of the 101st Airborne Division near COP Nolen, in the volatile Arghandab Valley, Kandahar, Afghanistan, Friday, July 23, 2010. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)

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An Afghan farmer is questioned as U.S. Army soldiers of the 1-320th Alpha Battery, 2nd Brigade of the 101st Airborne Division search his cart for hidden weapons and bombs near COP Nolen, in the volatile Arghandab Valley, Kandahar, Afghanistan, Friday, July 23, 2010. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)

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A U.S. Army soldier frisks an Afghan villager during a patrol by the 1-320th Alpha Battery, 2nd Brigade of the 101st Airborne Division near COP Nolen, in the volatile Arghandab Valley, Kandahar, Afghanistan, Friday, July 23, 2010. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)

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A U.S. Army soldier provides cover during a patrol by the 1-320th Alpha Battery, 2nd Brigade of the 101st Airborne Division near COP Nolen, in the volatile Arghandab Valley, Kandahar, Afghanistan, Friday, July 23, 2010. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)

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A U.S. Army soldier belonging to the 1-320th Alpha Battery, 2nd Brigade of the 101st Airborne Division, has an early morning shave by a well at COP Nolen, in the volatile Arghandab Valley, Kandahar, Afghanistan, Friday, July 23, 2010. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)

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US Army soldiers of the 1st Battalion 320th Alpha Battery, 2nd Brigade of the 101st Airborne Division, search for insurgents from a rooftop firing position at Combat Outpost Nolen, in the volatile Arghandab Valley, in Kandahar, Afghanistan, Thursday, July 22, 2010. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)

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U.S. Army troops from the 1st Battalion 320th Alpha Battery, 2nd Brigade of the 101st Airborne Division, duck as an Afghan soldier fires a rocket propelled grenade towards insurgent positions at Combat Outpost Nolen, in the volatile Arghandab Valley, in Kandahar, Afghanistan, Thursday, July 22, 2010. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)

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A U.S. Army soldier of the 1st Battalion 320th Alpha Battery, 2nd Brigade of the 101st Airborne Division, clears undergrowth to lay protective razor wire outside the walls of Combat Outpost Nolen, in the volatile Arghandab Valley, in Kandahar, Afghanistan, Thursday, July 22, 2010. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)

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U.S. Army soldiers of the 1st Battalion 320th Alpha Battery, 2nd Brigade of the 101st Airborne Division, lay razor wire outside the walls of Combat Outpost Nolen, in the volatile Arghandab Valley, in Kandahar, Afghanistan, Thursday, July 22, 2010. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)

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U.S. Army soldiers of the 1st Battalion 320th Alpha Battery, 2nd Brigade of the 101st Airborne Division, relax after a morning exercise session at Combat Outpost Nolen, in the volatile Arghandab Valley, in Kandahar, Afghanistan, Thursday, July 22, 2010. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)

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A U.S. Army soldier from the 1-320th Alpha Battery, 2nd Brigade of the 101st Airborne Division points his rifle during a patrol towards COB Nolan, in the volatile Arghandab Valley, Kandahar, Afghanistan, Tuesday, July 20, 2010. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)