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<p>LCPL. James Edward Orr, 20, from the First Battalion Eighth Marines Alpha Company lifts weights made from barbed wire at a makeshift gym at an outpost in Kunjak in southern Afghanistan's Helmand province, February 17, 2011. REUTERS/Finbarr O'Reilly </p>

LCPL. James Edward Orr, 20, from the First Battalion Eighth Marines Alpha Company lifts weights made from barbed wire at a makeshift gym at an outpost in Kunjak in southern Afghanistan's Helmand province, February 17, 2011. REUTERS/Finbarr O'Reilly more

LCPL. James Edward Orr, 20, from the First Battalion Eighth Marines Alpha Company lifts weights made from barbed wire at a makeshift gym at an outpost in Kunjak in southern Afghanistan's Helmand province, February 17, 2011. REUTERS/Finbarr O'Reilly

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<p>Afghan National Army soldiers sleep between operations at Kunjak in southern Afghanistan's Helmand province, February 19, 2011. REUTERS/Finbarr O'Reilly </p>

Afghan National Army soldiers sleep between operations at Kunjak in southern Afghanistan's Helmand province, February 19, 2011. REUTERS/Finbarr O'Reilly

Afghan National Army soldiers sleep between operations at Kunjak in southern Afghanistan's Helmand province, February 19, 2011. REUTERS/Finbarr O'Reilly

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<p>Afghan children watch as U.S. Marines from the First Battalion Eighth Marines Alpha Company patrol through the town of Nabuk in southern Afghanistan's Helmand province, February 18, 2011. REUTERS/Finbarr O'Reilly </p>

Afghan children watch as U.S. Marines from the First Battalion Eighth Marines Alpha Company patrol through the town of Nabuk in southern Afghanistan's Helmand province, February 18, 2011. REUTERS/Finbarr O'Reilly

Afghan children watch as U.S. Marines from the First Battalion Eighth Marines Alpha Company patrol through the town of Nabuk in southern Afghanistan's Helmand province, February 18, 2011. REUTERS/Finbarr O'Reilly

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<p>U.S. Marines from the First Battalion Eighth Marines Alpha Company patrol near the town of Nabuk in southern Afghanistan's Helmand province, February 24, 2011. REUTERS/Finbarr O'Reilly </p>

U.S. Marines from the First Battalion Eighth Marines Alpha Company patrol near the town of Nabuk in southern Afghanistan's Helmand province, February 24, 2011. REUTERS/Finbarr O'Reilly

U.S. Marines from the First Battalion Eighth Marines Alpha Company patrol near the town of Nabuk in southern Afghanistan's Helmand province, February 24, 2011. REUTERS/Finbarr O'Reilly

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<p>Marines from the First Battalion Eighth Marines Alpha Company watch a video on a computer in their living quarters at an outpost in Kunjak in southern Afghanistan's Helmand province, February 18, 2011. REUTERS/Finbarr O'Reilly </p>

Marines from the First Battalion Eighth Marines Alpha Company watch a video on a computer in their living quarters at an outpost in Kunjak in southern Afghanistan's Helmand province, February 18, 2011. REUTERS/Finbarr O'Reilly

Marines from the First Battalion Eighth Marines Alpha Company watch a video on a computer in their living quarters at an outpost in Kunjak in southern Afghanistan's Helmand province, February 18, 2011. REUTERS/Finbarr O'Reilly

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<p>U.S. Marines from the First Battalion Eighth Marines Alpha Company patrol through the town of Kunjak in southern Afghanistan's Helmand province, February 21, 2011. REUTERS/Finbarr O'Reilly </p>

U.S. Marines from the First Battalion Eighth Marines Alpha Company patrol through the town of Kunjak in southern Afghanistan's Helmand province, February 21, 2011. REUTERS/Finbarr O'Reilly

U.S. Marines from the First Battalion Eighth Marines Alpha Company patrol through the town of Kunjak in southern Afghanistan's Helmand province, February 21, 2011. REUTERS/Finbarr O'Reilly

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<p>Children watch U.S. Marines patrol the town of Kunjak in southern Afghanistan's Helmand province, February 21, 2011. REUTERS/Finbarr O'Reilly </p>

Children watch U.S. Marines patrol the town of Kunjak in southern Afghanistan's Helmand province, February 21, 2011. REUTERS/Finbarr O'Reilly

Children watch U.S. Marines patrol the town of Kunjak in southern Afghanistan's Helmand province, February 21, 2011. REUTERS/Finbarr O'Reilly

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<p>Sgt. Thomas James Brennan (C) and his squad from the First Battalion Eighth Marines Alpha Company prepare to go out on patrol near the town of Kunjak in southern Afghanistan's Helmand province, February 23, 2011. REUTERS/Finbarr O'Reilly </p>

Sgt. Thomas James Brennan (C) and his squad from the First Battalion Eighth Marines Alpha Company prepare to go out on patrol near the town of Kunjak in southern Afghanistan's Helmand province, February 23, 2011. REUTERS/Finbarr O'Reilly

Sgt. Thomas James Brennan (C) and his squad from the First Battalion Eighth Marines Alpha Company prepare to go out on patrol near the town of Kunjak in southern Afghanistan's Helmand province, February 23, 2011. REUTERS/Finbarr O'Reilly

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<p>A U.S. Marine from the First Battalion Eighth Marines Alpha Company looks out as an evening storm gathers above an outpost near Kunjak in southern Afghanistan's Helmand province, February 22, 2011. 
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A U.S. Marine from the First Battalion Eighth Marines Alpha Company looks out as an evening storm gathers above an outpost near Kunjak in southern Afghanistan's Helmand province, February 22, 2011. REUTERS/Finbarr O'Reilly

A U.S. Marine from the First Battalion Eighth Marines Alpha Company looks out as an evening storm gathers above an outpost near Kunjak in southern Afghanistan's Helmand province, February 22, 2011. REUTERS/Finbarr O'Reilly

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<p>HN. Donald Howard of Columbus, OH and from the First Battalion Eighth Marines Alpha Company stands beneath camouflage netting at an outpost in Deh Karez in southern Afghanistan's Helmand province, February 17, 2011. REUTERS/Finbarr O'Reilly</p>

HN. Donald Howard of Columbus, OH and from the First Battalion Eighth Marines Alpha Company stands beneath camouflage netting at an outpost in Deh Karez in southern Afghanistan's Helmand province, February 17, 2011. REUTERS/Finbarr O'Reilly

HN. Donald Howard of Columbus, OH and from the First Battalion Eighth Marines Alpha Company stands beneath camouflage netting at an outpost in Deh Karez in southern Afghanistan's Helmand province, February 17, 2011. REUTERS/Finbarr O'Reilly

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<p>U.S. Marines from the First Battalion Eighth Marines Alpha Company eat dinner around a campfire at an outpost in Kunjak in southern Afghanistan's Helmand province, February 15, 2011. REUTERS/Finbarr O'Reilly </p>

U.S. Marines from the First Battalion Eighth Marines Alpha Company eat dinner around a campfire at an outpost in Kunjak in southern Afghanistan's Helmand province, February 15, 2011. REUTERS/Finbarr O'Reilly

U.S. Marines from the First Battalion Eighth Marines Alpha Company eat dinner around a campfire at an outpost in Kunjak in southern Afghanistan's Helmand province, February 15, 2011. REUTERS/Finbarr O'Reilly

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<p>A girl watches a patrol of U.S. Marines passing through the town of Kunjak in southern Afghanistan's Helmand province, February 20, 2011. REUTERS/Finbarr O'Reilly </p>

A girl watches a patrol of U.S. Marines passing through the town of Kunjak in southern Afghanistan's Helmand province, February 20, 2011. REUTERS/Finbarr O'Reilly

A girl watches a patrol of U.S. Marines passing through the town of Kunjak in southern Afghanistan's Helmand province, February 20, 2011. REUTERS/Finbarr O'Reilly

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<p>A U.S. Marine from the First Battalion Eighth Marines Alpha Company drinks a bottle of water in his bunk at an outpost in Kunjak in southern Afghanistan's Helmand province, February 18, 2011. REUTERS/Finbarr O'Reilly </p>

A U.S. Marine from the First Battalion Eighth Marines Alpha Company drinks a bottle of water in his bunk at an outpost in Kunjak in southern Afghanistan's Helmand province, February 18, 2011. REUTERS/Finbarr O'Reilly

A U.S. Marine from the First Battalion Eighth Marines Alpha Company drinks a bottle of water in his bunk at an outpost in Kunjak in southern Afghanistan's Helmand province, February 18, 2011. REUTERS/Finbarr O'Reilly

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<p>U.S. Marines from the First Batallion Eigth Marines Alpha Company wrestle at their outpost at Kunjak in southern Afghanistan's Helmand province, February 19, 2011. REUTERS/Finbarr O'Reilly </p>

U.S. Marines from the First Batallion Eigth Marines Alpha Company wrestle at their outpost at Kunjak in southern Afghanistan's Helmand province, February 19, 2011. REUTERS/Finbarr O'Reilly

U.S. Marines from the First Batallion Eigth Marines Alpha Company wrestle at their outpost at Kunjak in southern Afghanistan's Helmand province, February 19, 2011. REUTERS/Finbarr O'Reilly

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<p>Afghan boys attend an outdoor class to study the Koran at a makeshift school established and guarded by U.S. Marines from the First Battallion Eighth Marines Alpha Company, near their outpost in Kunjak, in southern Afghanistan's Helmand province, February 16, 2011. REUTERS/Finbarr O'Reilly </p>

Afghan boys attend an outdoor class to study the Koran at a makeshift school established and guarded by U.S. Marines from the First Battallion Eighth Marines Alpha Company, near their outpost in Kunjak, in southern Afghanistan's Helmand province,...more

Afghan boys attend an outdoor class to study the Koran at a makeshift school established and guarded by U.S. Marines from the First Battallion Eighth Marines Alpha Company, near their outpost in Kunjak, in southern Afghanistan's Helmand province, February 16, 2011. REUTERS/Finbarr O'Reilly

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<p>Equipment belonging to U.S. Marines from the First Battalion Eighth Marines, Alpha Company, hang by a U.S. flag at their outpost at Kunjak, southern Afghanistan's Helmand province, February 16, 2011. REUTERS/Finbarr O'Reilly </p>

Equipment belonging to U.S. Marines from the First Battalion Eighth Marines, Alpha Company, hang by a U.S. flag at their outpost at Kunjak, southern Afghanistan's Helmand province, February 16, 2011. REUTERS/Finbarr O'Reilly

Equipment belonging to U.S. Marines from the First Battalion Eighth Marines, Alpha Company, hang by a U.S. flag at their outpost at Kunjak, southern Afghanistan's Helmand province, February 16, 2011. REUTERS/Finbarr O'Reilly

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<p>An Afghan National Army soldier guards a check-point in the town of Nabuk in southern Afghanistan's Helmand province, February 18, 2011. REUTERS/Finbarr O'Reilly </p>

An Afghan National Army soldier guards a check-point in the town of Nabuk in southern Afghanistan's Helmand province, February 18, 2011. REUTERS/Finbarr O'Reilly

An Afghan National Army soldier guards a check-point in the town of Nabuk in southern Afghanistan's Helmand province, February 18, 2011. REUTERS/Finbarr O'Reilly

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<p>U.S. Marines from the First Batallion Eigth Marines Alpha Company stop during a patrol to speak with villagers at Kunjak in southern Afghanistan's Helmand province, February 19, 2011. REUTERS/Finbarr O'Reilly </p>

U.S. Marines from the First Batallion Eigth Marines Alpha Company stop during a patrol to speak with villagers at Kunjak in southern Afghanistan's Helmand province, February 19, 2011. REUTERS/Finbarr O'Reilly

U.S. Marines from the First Batallion Eigth Marines Alpha Company stop during a patrol to speak with villagers at Kunjak in southern Afghanistan's Helmand province, February 19, 2011. REUTERS/Finbarr O'Reilly

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<p>U.S. Marines from the First Battalion Eighth Marines Alpha Company climb a hill to an outpost near the town of Nabuk in southern Afghanistan's Helmand province, February 24, 2011. REUTERS/Finbarr O'Reilly </p>

U.S. Marines from the First Battalion Eighth Marines Alpha Company climb a hill to an outpost near the town of Nabuk in southern Afghanistan's Helmand province, February 24, 2011. REUTERS/Finbarr O'Reilly

U.S. Marines from the First Battalion Eighth Marines Alpha Company climb a hill to an outpost near the town of Nabuk in southern Afghanistan's Helmand province, February 24, 2011. REUTERS/Finbarr O'Reilly

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<p>Private First Class Benjamin Brickman, from Albany, New York, of the First Battalion Eighth Marines, Alpha Company, is reflected in a cracked and discarded vehicle wing mirror as he practices on a guitar at an outpost in Kunjak, southern Afghanistan's Helmand province, February 16, 2011. REUTERS/Finbarr O'Reilly </p>

Private First Class Benjamin Brickman, from Albany, New York, of the First Battalion Eighth Marines, Alpha Company, is reflected in a cracked and discarded vehicle wing mirror as he practices on a guitar at an outpost in Kunjak, southern...more

Private First Class Benjamin Brickman, from Albany, New York, of the First Battalion Eighth Marines, Alpha Company, is reflected in a cracked and discarded vehicle wing mirror as he practices on a guitar at an outpost in Kunjak, southern Afghanistan's Helmand province, February 16, 2011. REUTERS/Finbarr O'Reilly

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<p>Afghan men and boys gather for a meeting in the town of Nabuk in southern Afghanistan's Helmand province, February 18, 2011. REUTERS/Finbarr O'Reilly </p>

Afghan men and boys gather for a meeting in the town of Nabuk in southern Afghanistan's Helmand province, February 18, 2011. REUTERS/Finbarr O'Reilly

Afghan men and boys gather for a meeting in the town of Nabuk in southern Afghanistan's Helmand province, February 18, 2011. REUTERS/Finbarr O'Reilly

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<p>Afghan boys attend an outdoor class to learn the Koran at a makeshift school established and guarded by U.S. Marines from the First Battalion Eigth Marines Alpha Company near their outpost in Kunjak in southern Afghanistan's Helmand province, February 16, 2011. REUTERS/Finbarr O'Reilly </p>

Afghan boys attend an outdoor class to learn the Koran at a makeshift school established and guarded by U.S. Marines from the First Battalion Eigth Marines Alpha Company near their outpost in Kunjak in southern Afghanistan's Helmand province,...more

Afghan boys attend an outdoor class to learn the Koran at a makeshift school established and guarded by U.S. Marines from the First Battalion Eigth Marines Alpha Company near their outpost in Kunjak in southern Afghanistan's Helmand province, February 16, 2011. REUTERS/Finbarr O'Reilly

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<p>Afghan boys attend an outdoor class to learn the Koran at a makeshift school established and guarded by U.S. Marines from the First Battalion Eigth Marines Alpha Company near their outpost in Kunjak in southern Afghanistan's Helmand province, February 16, 2011. REUTERS/Finbarr O'Reilly </p>

Afghan boys attend an outdoor class to learn the Koran at a makeshift school established and guarded by U.S. Marines from the First Battalion Eigth Marines Alpha Company near their outpost in Kunjak in southern Afghanistan's Helmand province,...more

Afghan boys attend an outdoor class to learn the Koran at a makeshift school established and guarded by U.S. Marines from the First Battalion Eigth Marines Alpha Company near their outpost in Kunjak in southern Afghanistan's Helmand province, February 16, 2011. REUTERS/Finbarr O'Reilly

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<p>Farmers pause while working in their fields at the town of Kunjak in southern Afghanistan's Helmand province, February 21, 2011. REUTERS/Finbarr O'Reilly </p>

Farmers pause while working in their fields at the town of Kunjak in southern Afghanistan's Helmand province, February 21, 2011. REUTERS/Finbarr O'Reilly

Farmers pause while working in their fields at the town of Kunjak in southern Afghanistan's Helmand province, February 21, 2011. REUTERS/Finbarr O'Reilly

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<p>A U.S. Marine from the First Battalion Eighth Marines Alpha Company patrols through the town of Nabuk in southern Afghanistan's Helmand province, February 18, 2011. REUTERS/Finbarr O'Reilly </p>

A U.S. Marine from the First Battalion Eighth Marines Alpha Company patrols through the town of Nabuk in southern Afghanistan's Helmand province, February 18, 2011. REUTERS/Finbarr O'Reilly

A U.S. Marine from the First Battalion Eighth Marines Alpha Company patrols through the town of Nabuk in southern Afghanistan's Helmand province, February 18, 2011. REUTERS/Finbarr O'Reilly

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