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US Marines from 1st Battalion, 8th Marines, Bravo company are seen on patrol near their new Mirage patrol base, Musa Qala District, Helmand province on February 7, 2011. There are around 140,000 international troops, two-thirds of them from the United States, in Afghanistan fighting the militant Islamist Taliban. (AFP PHOTO)

US Marines from 1st Battalion, 8th Marines fire at alleged Taliban fighers outside new Mirage base, on the south of Musa Qala District, Helmand province on February 4, 2011. US-led NATO troops are under a deadline across Afghanistan to train local forces to take responsibility for their country’s security by 2014. (AFP PHOTO)

US Marines from 1st Battalion, 8th Marines fire at alleged Taliban fighers outside new Mirage base, on the south of Musa Qala District, Helmand province on February 4, 2011. US-led NATO troops are under a deadline across Afghanistan to train local forces to take responsibility for their country’s security by 2014. (AFP PHOTO)

US Marines from 1st Battalion, 8th Marines fire at alleged Taliban fighers outside new Mirage base, on the south of Musa Qala District, Helmand province on February 4, 2011. US-led NATO troops are under a deadline across Afghanistan to train local forces to take responsibility for their country’s security by 2014. (AFP PHOTO)

US Marines from 1st Battalion, 8th Marines fire at Taliban fighters outside the new Mirage base, on the south of Musa Qala District, Helmand province on February 4, 2011. US-led NATO troops are under a deadline across Afghanistan to train local forces to take responsibility for their country’s security by 2014. (AFP PHOTO)

US Marines from 1st Battalion, 8th Marines patrol the area around new Mirage base, on the south of Musa Qala District, Helmand province on February 4, 2011. US-led NATO troops are under a deadline across Afghanistan to train local forces to take responsibility for their country’s security by 2014. (AFP PHOTO)

A US Marine from 1st Battalion, 8th Marines shoots at new Mirage base, Musa Qala District, Helmand province at February 5, 2011. US-led NATO troops are under a deadline across Afghanistan to train local forces to take responsibility for their country’s security by 2014. (AFP PHOTO / DMITRY KOSTYUKOV)

A US Marine from 1st Battalion, 8th Marines blows bubbles from chewing gum as he waits with a colleague to patrol the area around new Mirage base, on the south of Musa Qala District, Helmand province on February 4, 2011. US-led NATO troops are under a deadline across Afghanistan to train local forces to take responsibility for their country’s security by 2014. (AFP PHOTO / DMITRY KOSTYUKOVDMITRY)

US Marines from 1st Battalion, 8th Marines, Bravo company prepare for fire at new Mirage patrol base, Musa Qala District, Helmand province on February 6, 2011. US-led NATO troops are under a deadline across Afghanistan to train local forces to take responsibility for their country’s security by 2014. (AFP PHOTO / DMITRY KOSTYUKOV /AFP/Getty Images)

US Marines from 1st Battalion, 8th Marines, Bravo company prepare to shoot at new Mirage patrol base, Musa Qala District, Helmand province on February 6, 2011. US-led NATO troops are under a deadline across Afghanistan to train local forces to take responsibility for their country’s security by 2014. (AFP PHOTO / DMITRY KOSTYUKOV)

US Marines from 1st Battalion, 8th Marines fire at alleged Taliban fighers as their dog Miely run around outside new Mirage base, on the south of Musa Qala District, Helmand province on February 4, 2011. US-led NATO troops are under a deadline across Afghanistan to train local forces to take responsibility for their country’s security by 2014. (AFP PHOTO / DMITRY KOSTYUKOV)

A US Marine from 1st Battalion, 8th Marines, Bravo company on patrol near new Mirage patrol base, Musa Qala District, Helmand province on February 7, 2011. There are around 140,000 international troops, two-thirds of them from the United States, in Afghanistan fighting the militant Islamist Taliban. (AFP PHOTO)

A US Marine from 1st Battalion, 8th Marines, Bravo company lines up his shoot with a rocket launcher as the US national flag floats in the background at new Mirage patrol base, Musa Qala District, Helmand province at February 6, 2011. US-led NATO troops are under a deadline across Afghanistan to train local forces to take responsibility for their country’s security by 2014. (DMITRY KOSTYUKOV/AFP/Getty Images)

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