Afghanistan 2009

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U.S. soldiers from Company C, 1st Battalion, 12th Infantry Regiment, head out on a pre-dawn patrol in Zhari district, in Kandahar province, Afghanistan. President Obama is expected to announce up to 35,000 more troops for Afghanistan in coming weeks. Most of them will likely be deployed to Kandahar and other southern provinces in an effort to stem the worsening Taliban insurgency. Nov. 24, 2009. DREW BROWN/STARS AND STRIPES