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Sgt. Alex Hatfield with 3rd Squadron, 2nd Cavalry Regiment test fires a mounted 50-caliber machine gun from a Stryker before leaving Forward Operating Base Pasab to conduct a partnered patrol with Afghan police in the local area north of the FOB in the Zhari southern Afghanistan's Kandahar province on Oct. 21, 2013.
Sgt. Alex Hatfield with 3rd Squadron, 2nd Cavalry Regiment test fires a mounted 50-caliber machine gun from a Stryker before leaving Forward Operating Base Pasab to conduct a partnered patrol with Afghan police in the local area north of the FOB in the Zhari southern Afghanistan's Kandahar province on Oct. 21, 2013. (Joshua L. DeMotts/Stars and Stripes)
Sgt. Alex Hatfield with 3rd Squadron, 2nd Cavalry Regiment test fires a mounted 50-caliber machine gun from a Stryker before leaving Forward Operating Base Pasab to conduct a partnered patrol with Afghan police in the local area north of the FOB in the Zhari southern Afghanistan's Kandahar province on Oct. 21, 2013.
Sgt. Alex Hatfield with 3rd Squadron, 2nd Cavalry Regiment test fires a mounted 50-caliber machine gun from a Stryker before leaving Forward Operating Base Pasab to conduct a partnered patrol with Afghan police in the local area north of the FOB in the Zhari southern Afghanistan's Kandahar province on Oct. 21, 2013. (Joshua L. DeMotts/Stars and Stripes)
Sgt. Charles Smith with 3rd Squadron, 2nd Cavalry Regiment pulls "air guard" from a hatch in the back of a Stryker during a recent partnered patrol with the Afghan police of a village north of Forward Operating Base Pasab in southern Afghanistan's Kandahar province on Oct. 21, 2013.
Sgt. Charles Smith with 3rd Squadron, 2nd Cavalry Regiment pulls "air guard" from a hatch in the back of a Stryker during a recent partnered patrol with the Afghan police of a village north of Forward Operating Base Pasab in southern Afghanistan's Kandahar province on Oct. 21, 2013. (Joshua L. DeMotts/Stars and Stripes)
Afghan police ride in a Ford Ranger during a recent partnered patrol with 3rd Squadron, 2nd Cavalry Regiment based at Forward Operating Base Pasab in the desert of Kandahar province's Zhari district on Oct. 21, 2013.
Afghan police ride in a Ford Ranger during a recent partnered patrol with 3rd Squadron, 2nd Cavalry Regiment based at Forward Operating Base Pasab in the desert of Kandahar province's Zhari district on Oct. 21, 2013. (Joshua L. DeMotts/Stars and Stripes)
Farmers in the Zhari district of southern Afghanistan's Kandahar province harvest onions on Oct. 21, 2013.
Farmers in the Zhari district of southern Afghanistan's Kandahar province harvest onions on Oct. 21, 2013. (Joshua L. DeMotts/Stars and Stripes)
Afghan police speak with farmers in the Zhari district of southern Afghanistan's Kandahar province as they harvest onions on Oct. 21, 2013.
Afghan police speak with farmers in the Zhari district of southern Afghanistan's Kandahar province as they harvest onions on Oct. 21, 2013. (Joshua L. DeMotts/Stars and Stripes)
Soldiers with the 2nd Cavalry Regiment and the 163rd Military Intelligence Battalion conduct a partnered patrol with Afghan police in the desert of southern Afghanistan's Kandahar province just north of Forward Operating Base Pasab on Oct. 21, 2013.
Soldiers with the 2nd Cavalry Regiment and the 163rd Military Intelligence Battalion conduct a partnered patrol with Afghan police in the desert of southern Afghanistan's Kandahar province just north of Forward Operating Base Pasab on Oct. 21, 2013. (Joshua L. DeMotts/Stars and Stripes)
An Afghan police member washes his hands in a farmer's well located in the desert of southern Afghanistan's Zhari district on Oct. 21, 2013.
An Afghan police member washes his hands in a farmer's well located in the desert of southern Afghanistan's Zhari district on Oct. 21, 2013. (Joshua L. DeMotts/Stars and Stripes)
Soldiers with the 2nd Cavalry Regiment, the 163rd Military Intelligence Battalion, along with Afghan police, drink chai with farmers in the desert of southern Afghanistan's Kandahar province just north of Forward Operating Base Pasab on Oct. 21, 2013.
Soldiers with the 2nd Cavalry Regiment, the 163rd Military Intelligence Battalion, along with Afghan police, drink chai with farmers in the desert of southern Afghanistan's Kandahar province just north of Forward Operating Base Pasab on Oct. 21, 2013. (Joshua L. DeMotts/Stars and Stripes)
Capt. Chad Campbell eats a pomegranate grown in the desert of southern Afghanistan's Kandahar province just north of Forward Operating Base Pasab during a partnered patrol with Afghan police on Oct. 21, 2013.
Capt. Chad Campbell eats a pomegranate grown in the desert of southern Afghanistan's Kandahar province just north of Forward Operating Base Pasab during a partnered patrol with Afghan police on Oct. 21, 2013. (Joshua L. DeMotts/Stars and Stripes)
An Afghan policeman smokes hashish during a partnered patrol with 3rd Squadron, 2nd Cavalry Regiment just north of Forward Operating Base Pasab located in southern Aghanistan's Zhari district on Oct. 21, 2013.
An Afghan policeman smokes hashish during a partnered patrol with 3rd Squadron, 2nd Cavalry Regiment just north of Forward Operating Base Pasab located in southern Aghanistan's Zhari district on Oct. 21, 2013. (Joshua L. DeMotts/Stars and Stripes)

Soldiers with the 2nd Cavalry Regiment deployed to Forward Operating Base Pasab in southern Afghanistan’s Zhari district partnered with Afghan police to conduct a foot patrol through some of the farmland to the north of FOB Pasab in order to survey the locals about the security in the area, population and the upcoming elections.

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