Afghanistan 2010

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An elderly Afghan man listens as U.S. troops talk to villagers in the Arghandab valley near Kandahar, Afghanistan. The goal of U.S. forces is to help establish a lasting security presence in the Arghandab and win villagers over to the government side. But villagers say they've seen few tangible benefits from their government in the past nine years, and the Taliban remain a formidable presence in the valley. April 5, 2010. DREW BROWN/STARS AND STRIPES