Afghanistan 2008

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Cpl. Kevin Foster and Warrant Officer Mike Saunders exchange fire with Taliban fighters in the village of Pashmul in Zhari district, Kandahar province, Afghanistan. The two soldiers are with a Canadian team that is mentoring Afghan troops in Zhari, where they fight daily skirmishes with insurgents. The district is where the hardline Taliban movement originated in the early 1990s. Sept. 29, 2008. DREW BROWN/STARS AND STRIPES