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Neil Shea ©Stars and StripesAfghanistan, July, 2011: Soldiers of Blue Platoon, Bravo Troop, 3/89 Cavalry of the 4th Brigade, 10th Mountain Division, hike toward an Afghan police checkpoint in the Jalrez Valley in northeastern Wardak. The men visited villages to meet with local leaders, and later that night they set up an ambush in hopes of catching Taliban fighters.

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