We’re Still at War: Photo of the Day for February 16, 2011

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A U.S. Special Forces Soldier with Special Operations Task Force – South conducts a pre-operation brief Feb 8, 2011, with Afghan Commandos with 2nd Company, 3rd Commando Kandak, before embarking on a clearance operation in Shah Wali Kot District, Kandahar Province, Afghanistan. The commandos detained and turned over 20 suspected insurgents to the District Chief of Police, Bacha Khan, during the operation. (U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Jeremy D. Crisp)(Released).

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