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Say ahh

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Michael Abrams / Stars and Stripes

Senior Airman Brittany Lopez Martniez, of the 86th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron at Ramstein Air Base, Germany, checks the intake of a C-130J airplane engine, after a test flight on Wednesday. The visual inspection of the plane showed no damage from volcanic ash, and the squadron was analyzing the computer data from the flight.

Afghan Tea Party

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Drew Brown / Stars and Stripes

Elders listen as Capt. Jimmy Razuri, commander of Company C, 2nd Battalion, 508th Parachute Infantry Regiment, confers with a mullah, or religious leader, in the village of Shuyene Wusa, during a recent clearing operation in the Arghandab River valley, Kandahar province, Afghanistan.

The Candyman

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Dianna Cahn / Stars and Stripes

A soldier hands out candy to children during a patrol to the village of Malizai in the Khayr Kot district of western Paktika province on March 19.

Taking it in

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Robin Hoecker / Stars and Stripes

A boy sits down along the wall of the Tidal Basin in Washington, D.C. as streams of tourists pass behind him. Millions of visitors have flocked to the city for the National Cherry Blossom Festival.

Friend or foe?

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Heath Druzin / Stars and Stripes

Ajab Khan talks with U.S. troops about security in Logar province’s Kharwar district, an area high in eastern Afghanistan’s rugged mountains that has long been a transit point for militants. U.S. soldiers in the area are trying to work with elders like Khan, who is suspected of aiding militants, to deny safe haven to fighters returning from Pakistan for the traditional spring and summer fighting season.

Anime!

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Grant Okubo / Stars and Stripes

Anime fans admire rows of posters of various anime shows and characters during the Tokyo International Anime Fair on Saturday.

At attention

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Matt Orr / Stars and Stripes

Seoul American High School student Alisa Aubart stares across at Alaina Bonner during the color guard portion of the JROTC Far East Drill Competition at the Camp Foster Field House Tuesday.

Uphill battle

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Heath Druzin / Stars and Stripes

Since arriving in December, soldiers in this district’s rugged, deadly Tangi Valley haven’t fired a shot. They haven’t kicked in a door, haven’t searched a house. The two Afghans they detained were released two days later.

A rough shave

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Drew Brown / Stars and Stripes

There's no running water at Combat Outpost Coutu, so Staff Sgt. Kevin Barlow, 31, of Richmond, Va., and Lance Cpl. Christopher Bello, 23, of Jacksonville, N.C., shave with just ounces of water each in a plastic water bottle and metal canteen cup. The Marines of Company L, 3rd Battalion, 6th Marine Regiment have been living at the outpost since late February and will likely remain there until they redeploy home in August.

Want flies with that?

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Seth Robson / Stripes

Flies buzz around chicken for sale in a market in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, last week.

 
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