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Battling the Taliban

<p>A man prepares to wrap his face with a shawl as truck drivers watch vehicles, which were carrying supplies to foreign forces in Afghanistan, burn in a field in the outskirts of Pakistan's capital Islamabad early morning June 9, 2010.   REUTERS/Adrees Latif </p>

A man prepares to wrap his face with a shawl as truck drivers watch vehicles, which were carrying supplies to foreign forces in Afghanistan, burn in a field in the outskirts of Pakistan's capital Islamabad early morning June 9, 2010. REUTERS/Adrees...more

A man prepares to wrap his face with a shawl as truck drivers watch vehicles, which were carrying supplies to foreign forces in Afghanistan, burn in a field in the outskirts of Pakistan's capital Islamabad early morning June 9, 2010. REUTERS/Adrees Latif

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<p>An Afghan security personnel (L) smiles in front of the house where a gunbattle took place after it ended in Kabul June 2, 2010.   REUTERS/Ahmad Masood </p>

An Afghan security personnel (L) smiles in front of the house where a gunbattle took place after it ended in Kabul June 2, 2010. REUTERS/Ahmad Masood

An Afghan security personnel (L) smiles in front of the house where a gunbattle took place after it ended in Kabul June 2, 2010. REUTERS/Ahmad Masood

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<p>U.S., Canadian and ANA (Afghan National Army) soldiers patrol in Arghandab valley, May 13, 2010. REUTERS/Yannis Behrakis </p>

U.S., Canadian and ANA (Afghan National Army) soldiers patrol in Arghandab valley, May 13, 2010. REUTERS/Yannis Behrakis

U.S., Canadian and ANA (Afghan National Army) soldiers patrol in Arghandab valley, May 13, 2010. REUTERS/Yannis Behrakis

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<p>Taliban militants, part of a group of 30 Afghan Talibans, hand over their weapons as they take part in the Afghan government's reconciliation and reintegration programme in Herat June 13, 2010.  REUTERS/Mohammad Shoiab </p>

Taliban militants, part of a group of 30 Afghan Talibans, hand over their weapons as they take part in the Afghan government's reconciliation and reintegration programme in Herat June 13, 2010. REUTERS/Mohammad Shoiab

Taliban militants, part of a group of 30 Afghan Talibans, hand over their weapons as they take part in the Afghan government's reconciliation and reintegration programme in Herat June 13, 2010. REUTERS/Mohammad Shoiab

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<p>A NATO helicopter flies over the tent housing the ongoing peace jirga in Kabul June 2, 2010, following a rocket attack.  REUTERS/ Omar Sobhani </p>

A NATO helicopter flies over the tent housing the ongoing peace jirga in Kabul June 2, 2010, following a rocket attack. REUTERS/ Omar Sobhani

A NATO helicopter flies over the tent housing the ongoing peace jirga in Kabul June 2, 2010, following a rocket attack. REUTERS/ Omar Sobhani

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<p>A Pakistani security official stands near a burning vehicle after it was attacked in Chaman in Pakistan's Balochistan province, along the Afghan border on May 19, 2010. REUTERS/Saeed Ali Achakzai </p>

A Pakistani security official stands near a burning vehicle after it was attacked in Chaman in Pakistan's Balochistan province, along the Afghan border on May 19, 2010. REUTERS/Saeed Ali Achakzai

A Pakistani security official stands near a burning vehicle after it was attacked in Chaman in Pakistan's Balochistan province, along the Afghan border on May 19, 2010. REUTERS/Saeed Ali Achakzai

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<p>A Canadian Army soldier with Task force 1-10, 73 Charlie takes combat position during a patrol in a village in Arghandab valley, May 12, 2010. REUTERS/Yannis Behrakis </p>

A Canadian Army soldier with Task force 1-10, 73 Charlie takes combat position during a patrol in a village in Arghandab valley, May 12, 2010. REUTERS/Yannis Behrakis

A Canadian Army soldier with Task force 1-10, 73 Charlie takes combat position during a patrol in a village in Arghandab valley, May 12, 2010. REUTERS/Yannis Behrakis

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<p>A U.S. Marine from Lima Company 3rd Battalion, 6th Marines returns fire during a shootout with Taliban fighters in Karez-e-Sayyidi, in the outskirts of Marjah district, Helmand province, May 15, 2010. REUTERS/Asmaa Waguih    </p>

A U.S. Marine from Lima Company 3rd Battalion, 6th Marines returns fire during a shootout with Taliban fighters in Karez-e-Sayyidi, in the outskirts of Marjah district, Helmand province, May 15, 2010. REUTERS/Asmaa Waguih

A U.S. Marine from Lima Company 3rd Battalion, 6th Marines returns fire during a shootout with Taliban fighters in Karez-e-Sayyidi, in the outskirts of Marjah district, Helmand province, May 15, 2010. REUTERS/Asmaa Waguih

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<p>A U.S. Army soldier with the 2nd Battalion, 508th Parachute Infantry Regiment, and part of the 82nd Airborne Division, takes cover as a Black Hawk chopper takes off from a U.S. military base in Arghandab valley, May 14, 2010. REUTERS/Yannis Behrakis </p>

A U.S. Army soldier with the 2nd Battalion, 508th Parachute Infantry Regiment, and part of the 82nd Airborne Division, takes cover as a Black Hawk chopper takes off from a U.S. military base in Arghandab valley, May 14, 2010. REUTERS/Yannis Behrakis...more

A U.S. Army soldier with the 2nd Battalion, 508th Parachute Infantry Regiment, and part of the 82nd Airborne Division, takes cover as a Black Hawk chopper takes off from a U.S. military base in Arghandab valley, May 14, 2010. REUTERS/Yannis Behrakis

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<p>U.S. Army soldiers with the 1st platoon, Delta Company, 2nd Battalion, 508th Parachute Infantry Regiment, part of the 82nd Airborne Division, patrol in a village in Arghandab valley, May 12, 2010.  REUTERS/Yannis Behrakis </p>

U.S. Army soldiers with the 1st platoon, Delta Company, 2nd Battalion, 508th Parachute Infantry Regiment, part of the 82nd Airborne Division, patrol in a village in Arghandab valley, May 12, 2010. REUTERS/Yannis Behrakis

U.S. Army soldiers with the 1st platoon, Delta Company, 2nd Battalion, 508th Parachute Infantry Regiment, part of the 82nd Airborne Division, patrol in a village in Arghandab valley, May 12, 2010. REUTERS/Yannis Behrakis

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<p>An U.S. Army soldier with the 1st platoon, Delta Company, 2nd Battalion, 508th Parachute Infantry Regiment, part of the 82nd Airborne Division, walks by locals during a patrol in a village in Arghandab valley, May 12, 2010.  REUTERS/Yannis Behrakis </p>

An U.S. Army soldier with the 1st platoon, Delta Company, 2nd Battalion, 508th Parachute Infantry Regiment, part of the 82nd Airborne Division, walks by locals during a patrol in a village in Arghandab valley, May 12, 2010. REUTERS/Yannis Behrakis more

An U.S. Army soldier with the 1st platoon, Delta Company, 2nd Battalion, 508th Parachute Infantry Regiment, part of the 82nd Airborne Division, walks by locals during a patrol in a village in Arghandab valley, May 12, 2010. REUTERS/Yannis Behrakis

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<p>U.S. Army soldiers with the 1st platoon, 2nd Battalion, 508th Parachute Infantry Regiment, part of the 82nd Airborne Division, walk through a swamp by the Arghandab river during a security operation in Kandahar province, southern Afghanistan, May 11, 2010. REUTERS/Yannis Behrakis </p>

U.S. Army soldiers with the 1st platoon, 2nd Battalion, 508th Parachute Infantry Regiment, part of the 82nd Airborne Division, walk through a swamp by the Arghandab river during a security operation in Kandahar province, southern Afghanistan, May 11,...more

U.S. Army soldiers with the 1st platoon, 2nd Battalion, 508th Parachute Infantry Regiment, part of the 82nd Airborne Division, walk through a swamp by the Arghandab river during a security operation in Kandahar province, southern Afghanistan, May 11, 2010. REUTERS/Yannis Behrakis

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<p>U.S. Army specialist William Lembo from Brooklyn, New York with the 1st platoon, 2nd Battalion, 508th Parachute Infantry Regiment, part of the 82nd Airborne Division, climbs on a structure in Mian Joie village during a security operation in Arghandab valley in Kandahar province, southern Afghanistan, May 10, 2010.  REUTERS/Yannis Behrakis</p>

U.S. Army specialist William Lembo from Brooklyn, New York with the 1st platoon, 2nd Battalion, 508th Parachute Infantry Regiment, part of the 82nd Airborne Division, climbs on a structure in Mian Joie village during a security operation in Arghandab...more

U.S. Army specialist William Lembo from Brooklyn, New York with the 1st platoon, 2nd Battalion, 508th Parachute Infantry Regiment, part of the 82nd Airborne Division, climbs on a structure in Mian Joie village during a security operation in Arghandab valley in Kandahar province, southern Afghanistan, May 10, 2010. REUTERS/Yannis Behrakis

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<p>A U.S. Marine from Lima Company, 3rd Battalion, 6th Marines points his gun as a fellow Marine talks on the radio with the main camp after encountering the Taliban while patrolling in Karez-e-Sayyidi in the outskirts of Marjah district, Helmand province, May 5, 2010. REUTERS/Asmaa Waguih </p>

A U.S. Marine from Lima Company, 3rd Battalion, 6th Marines points his gun as a fellow Marine talks on the radio with the main camp after encountering the Taliban while patrolling in Karez-e-Sayyidi in the outskirts of Marjah district, Helmand...more

A U.S. Marine from Lima Company, 3rd Battalion, 6th Marines points his gun as a fellow Marine talks on the radio with the main camp after encountering the Taliban while patrolling in Karez-e-Sayyidi in the outskirts of Marjah district, Helmand province, May 5, 2010. REUTERS/Asmaa Waguih

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<p>The rear gunner of an Australian Chinook transport chopper mans a heavy machine gun during a low flight over the Arghandab valley in Kandahar province, southern Afghanistan, May 3, 2010.  REUTERS/Yannis Behrakis </p>

The rear gunner of an Australian Chinook transport chopper mans a heavy machine gun during a low flight over the Arghandab valley in Kandahar province, southern Afghanistan, May 3, 2010. REUTERS/Yannis Behrakis

The rear gunner of an Australian Chinook transport chopper mans a heavy machine gun during a low flight over the Arghandab valley in Kandahar province, southern Afghanistan, May 3, 2010. REUTERS/Yannis Behrakis

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<p>An U.S. Army soldier with 2nd Battalion, 508th Parachute Infantry Regiment, part of the 82nd Airborne Division, jumps over a wall during a patrol in Arghandab valley near Kandahar, in southern Afghanistan May 5, 2010.  REUTERS/Yannis Behrakis </p>

An U.S. Army soldier with 2nd Battalion, 508th Parachute Infantry Regiment, part of the 82nd Airborne Division, jumps over a wall during a patrol in Arghandab valley near Kandahar, in southern Afghanistan May 5, 2010. REUTERS/Yannis Behrakis more

An U.S. Army soldier with 2nd Battalion, 508th Parachute Infantry Regiment, part of the 82nd Airborne Division, jumps over a wall during a patrol in Arghandab valley near Kandahar, in southern Afghanistan May 5, 2010. REUTERS/Yannis Behrakis

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<p>A cloud of smoke rises after an explosion near the U.S. consulate in Peshawar April 5, 2010.  REUTERS/Fayaz Aziz  </p>

A cloud of smoke rises after an explosion near the U.S. consulate in Peshawar April 5, 2010. REUTERS/Fayaz Aziz

A cloud of smoke rises after an explosion near the U.S. consulate in Peshawar April 5, 2010. REUTERS/Fayaz Aziz

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<p>Taliban insurgents pose in front of a burning German military vehicle in Isaa Khail village of Char Dara district of the northern Kunduz Province April 3, 2010. REUTERS/Wahdat </p>

Taliban insurgents pose in front of a burning German military vehicle in Isaa Khail village of Char Dara district of the northern Kunduz Province April 3, 2010. REUTERS/Wahdat

Taliban insurgents pose in front of a burning German military vehicle in Isaa Khail village of Char Dara district of the northern Kunduz Province April 3, 2010. REUTERS/Wahdat

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<p>Pakistani army soldiers patrol in Swat valley region located in Pakistan's restive North West Frontier Province March 20, 2010. REUTERS/Akhtar Soomro </p>

Pakistani army soldiers patrol in Swat valley region located in Pakistan's restive North West Frontier Province March 20, 2010. REUTERS/Akhtar Soomro

Pakistani army soldiers patrol in Swat valley region located in Pakistan's restive North West Frontier Province March 20, 2010. REUTERS/Akhtar Soomro

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<p>U.S. Army soldiers with the 1st platoon Delta Company 2nd Battalion, 508th Parachute Infantry Regiment fire their weapons during practice at the Arghandab valley near Kandahar, in southern Afghanistan, May 4, 2010.  REUTERS/Yannis Behrakis </p>

U.S. Army soldiers with the 1st platoon Delta Company 2nd Battalion, 508th Parachute Infantry Regiment fire their weapons during practice at the Arghandab valley near Kandahar, in southern Afghanistan, May 4, 2010. REUTERS/Yannis Behrakis

U.S. Army soldiers with the 1st platoon Delta Company 2nd Battalion, 508th Parachute Infantry Regiment fire their weapons during practice at the Arghandab valley near Kandahar, in southern Afghanistan, May 4, 2010. REUTERS/Yannis Behrakis

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<p>U.S. Marines from Lima company 3rd Battalion 6th Marine Regiment take shelter from the back blast as a Marine fires a law rocket  while under fire from Taliban at their patrol base roof in the area of Karez-e-Sayyidi, in Helmand province, April 5, 2010. REUTERS/Asmaa Waguih  </p>

U.S. Marines from Lima company 3rd Battalion 6th Marine Regiment take shelter from the back blast as a Marine fires a law rocket while under fire from Taliban at their patrol base roof in the area of Karez-e-Sayyidi, in Helmand province, April 5,...more

U.S. Marines from Lima company 3rd Battalion 6th Marine Regiment take shelter from the back blast as a Marine fires a law rocket while under fire from Taliban at their patrol base roof in the area of Karez-e-Sayyidi, in Helmand province, April 5, 2010. REUTERS/Asmaa Waguih

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<p>Members of the local Lashka (tribal militia-men), hold their weapons while dancing in a show-of-force in Khar, the main town in Bajaur Agency, located in Pakistan's Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) along the Afghanistan border March 2, 2010. REUTERS/Adrees Latif  </p>

Members of the local Lashka (tribal militia-men), hold their weapons while dancing in a show-of-force in Khar, the main town in Bajaur Agency, located in Pakistan's Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) along the Afghanistan border March 2,...more

Members of the local Lashka (tribal militia-men), hold their weapons while dancing in a show-of-force in Khar, the main town in Bajaur Agency, located in Pakistan's Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) along the Afghanistan border March 2, 2010. REUTERS/Adrees Latif

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<p>A U.S. Marine from Bravo Company of the 1st Battalion, 6th Marines lies on the ground after an explosion during a battle in town of Marjah in Nad Ali district of Helmand, province February 13, 2010. REUTERS/Goran Tomasevic </p>

A U.S. Marine from Bravo Company of the 1st Battalion, 6th Marines lies on the ground after an explosion during a battle in town of Marjah in Nad Ali district of Helmand, province February 13, 2010. REUTERS/Goran Tomasevic

A U.S. Marine from Bravo Company of the 1st Battalion, 6th Marines lies on the ground after an explosion during a battle in town of Marjah in Nad Ali district of Helmand, province February 13, 2010. REUTERS/Goran Tomasevic

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<p>A U.S. Marine from Bravo Company, 1st Battalion, 6th Marines gestures during a gun battle in the town of Marjah, in Nad Ali district, Helmand province, February 13, 2010. REUTERS/Goran Tomasevic </p>

A U.S. Marine from Bravo Company, 1st Battalion, 6th Marines gestures during a gun battle in the town of Marjah, in Nad Ali district, Helmand province, February 13, 2010. REUTERS/Goran Tomasevic

A U.S. Marine from Bravo Company, 1st Battalion, 6th Marines gestures during a gun battle in the town of Marjah, in Nad Ali district, Helmand province, February 13, 2010. REUTERS/Goran Tomasevic

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<p>A U.S. Army helicopter takes off in Marjah, Nad Ali district of Helmand province, February 25, 2010. REUTERS/Goran Tomasevic </p>

A U.S. Army helicopter takes off in Marjah, Nad Ali district of Helmand province, February 25, 2010. REUTERS/Goran Tomasevic

A U.S. Army helicopter takes off in Marjah, Nad Ali district of Helmand province, February 25, 2010. REUTERS/Goran Tomasevic

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<p>A U.S. Marine from Bravo Company of the 1st Battalion, 6th Marines kneels next to the body of a killed Taliban fighter in the town of Marjah in Nad Ali district of Helmand province, February 18, 2010.  REUTERS/Goran Tomasevic</p>

A U.S. Marine from Bravo Company of the 1st Battalion, 6th Marines kneels next to the body of a killed Taliban fighter in the town of Marjah in Nad Ali district of Helmand province, February 18, 2010. REUTERS/Goran Tomasevic

A U.S. Marine from Bravo Company of the 1st Battalion, 6th Marines kneels next to the body of a killed Taliban fighter in the town of Marjah in Nad Ali district of Helmand province, February 18, 2010. REUTERS/Goran Tomasevic

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<p>A U.S. Marine from Bravo Company of the 1st Battalion, 6th Marines takes a break during an operation in the town of Marjah, in Nad Ali district of Helmand province, February 16, 2010. REUTERS/Goran Tomasevic </p>

A U.S. Marine from Bravo Company of the 1st Battalion, 6th Marines takes a break during an operation in the town of Marjah, in Nad Ali district of Helmand province, February 16, 2010. REUTERS/Goran Tomasevic

A U.S. Marine from Bravo Company of the 1st Battalion, 6th Marines takes a break during an operation in the town of Marjah, in Nad Ali district of Helmand province, February 16, 2010. REUTERS/Goran Tomasevic

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<p>A U.S. Marine from Bravo Company of the 1st Battalion, 6th Marines sits under a U.S. flag in Marjah, Helmand province, February 19, 2010. REUTERS/Goran Tomasevic </p>

A U.S. Marine from Bravo Company of the 1st Battalion, 6th Marines sits under a U.S. flag in Marjah, Helmand province, February 19, 2010. REUTERS/Goran Tomasevic

A U.S. Marine from Bravo Company of the 1st Battalion, 6th Marines sits under a U.S. flag in Marjah, Helmand province, February 19, 2010. REUTERS/Goran Tomasevic

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<p>U.S. Marines from Bravo Company of the 1st Battalion, 6th Marines, run during an operation in the town of Marjah, in Nad Ali district of Helmand province, February 17, 2010. REUTERS/Goran Tomasevic </p>

U.S. Marines from Bravo Company of the 1st Battalion, 6th Marines, run during an operation in the town of Marjah, in Nad Ali district of Helmand province, February 17, 2010. REUTERS/Goran Tomasevic

U.S. Marines from Bravo Company of the 1st Battalion, 6th Marines, run during an operation in the town of Marjah, in Nad Ali district of Helmand province, February 17, 2010. REUTERS/Goran Tomasevic

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<p>An Afghan soldier stands in front of burning gas storage set on fire by Taliban fighters in the town of Marjah in Nad Ali district of Helmand province, February 14, 2010.   REUTERS/Goran Tomasevic  </p>

An Afghan soldier stands in front of burning gas storage set on fire by Taliban fighters in the town of Marjah in Nad Ali district of Helmand province, February 14, 2010. REUTERS/Goran Tomasevic

An Afghan soldier stands in front of burning gas storage set on fire by Taliban fighters in the town of Marjah in Nad Ali district of Helmand province, February 14, 2010. REUTERS/Goran Tomasevic

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