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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 bomb disposal robot brings a carton for inspection by U.S. Army bomb disposal expert Staff Sgt. Craig Cohen, of Gracey, Ky., during clearance operations by the 723rd Explosives Ordinance Disposal unit 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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An Afghan army soldier ducks after firing a 60 mm mortar at insurgent positions in a village near Combat Outpost Nolen, in the volatile Arghandab Valley, in Kandahar, Afghanistan, Thursday, July 22, 2010. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)

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Afghan army soldiers prepare to fire a 60 mm mortar on insurgent positions in a village near 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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Afghan army soldiers share grapes beside a small canal after arriving to reinforce U.S. troops 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 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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U.S. Army 1st Lt. Christopher Babcock, from New Orleans, La., photographs an Afghan villager for intelligence purposes after he was stopped cycling near COP Nolen, in the volatile Arghandab Valley, Kandahar, Afghanistan, Thursday, July 22, 2010. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)

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An Afghan villager describes how insurgents disguise themselves as he speaks with U.S. Army 1st Lt. Christopher Babcock, from New Orleans, La., at COP Nolen, in the volatile Arghandab Valley, Kandahar, Afghanistan, Thursday, July 22, 2010. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)

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Afghan army soldiers leave grapes and a weapon aside as they cool off from the fierce heat with a swim in a canal near the joint Afghan-U.S. base COP Nolen, in the volatile Arghandab Valley, Kandahar, Afghanistan, Thursday, July 22, 2010. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)