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(See story) At Combat Outpost Rawah in Iraq last month, Marines of 2nd Platoon, Battery R, 5th Battalion, 11th Marine Regiment, hustle in intense heat to get their M 198 155 mm howitzer into position for future fire missions. The platoon is part of Task Force Highlander, which operates in western Al Anbar province.

Marines of 2nd Platoon, Battery R, 5th Battalion, 11th Marine Regiment, practice "direct fire" of live rounds at targets on a range. Artillerymen hold such direct fire practice to keep up the skills they'd need if they had to defend their position against ground attack.

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