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United States Marines from Bravo Company of the 1st Battalion of the 2nd Marines fire machine guns for suppression during a gunbattle as part of an operation to clear the area of insurgents near Musa Qaleh, in northern Helmand Province, southern Afghanistan, Friday, July 23, 2010. (AP Photo/Kevin Frayer)

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A United States Marine from Bravo Company of the 1st Battalion of the 2nd Marines is surrounded by Afghan locals during an operation to clear the area of insurgents near Musa Qaleh, in northern Helmand Province, southern Afghanistan, Friday, July 23, 2010. (AP Photo/Kevin Frayer)

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United States Marines and Afghan National Army soldiers walk in formation during an operation to clear the area of insurgents near Musa Qaleh, in northern Helmand Province, southern Afghanistan, Friday, July 23, 2010. (AP Photo/Kevin Frayer)

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United States Marines from Bravo Company of the 1st Battalion of the 2nd Marines watch the explosion after calling in an airstrike during a gunbattle as part of an operation to clear the area of insurgents near Musa Qaleh, in northern Helmand Province, southern Afghanistan, Friday, July 23, 2010. (AP Photo/Kevin Frayer)

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United States Marines from Bravo Company of the 1st Battalion of the 2nd Marines watch the explosion after calling in an air strike during a gun battle as part of an operation to clear the area of insurgents near Musa Qaleh, in northern Helmand Province, southern Afghanistan, Friday, July 23, 2010. (AP Photo/Kevin Frayer)

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United States Marines from Bravo Company of the 1st Battalion of the 2nd Marines watch the explosion after calling in an air strike during a gun battle as part of an operation to clear the area of insurgents near Musa Qaleh, in northern Helmand Province, southern Afghanistan, Friday, July 23, 2010. (AP Photo/Kevin Frayer)

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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)