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Warrant Officer Mike Saunders takes cover behind a wall during a firefight with Taliban insurgents in the village of Pashmul in Zhari district, Kandahar province, Afghanistan. Saunders is with a team of Canadian soldiers mentoring Afghan troops in Zhari, where they fight daily skirmishes with insurgents. Zhari is where the hardline Taliban movement originated in the early 1990s. Sept. 29, 2008. DREW BROWN/STARS AND STRIPES