We’re Still at War: Photo of the Day for June 13, 2011

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Lt. Col. John Cushing, commander, 1st Squadron, 9th Cavalry Regiment, 4th Advise and Assist Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division, kneels beside Iraqi soldiers providing support by fire during a battalion live fire exercise at Ghuzlani Warrior Training Center, May 26, 2011. Soldiers assigned to 2nd Bn., 9th Bde., 3rd IA Div., took part in the culminating event to signify the completion of their training iteration. U.S. Army photo by Spc. Angel Turner, 4th AAB PAO, 1st Cav. Div., USD-N

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