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Spent shell casings fly as Warrant Officer Mike Saunders, Sgt. Luc Piquette and Cpl. Kevin Foster exchange fire with Taliban fighters in the village of Pashmul in Zhari district, Kandahar province, Afghanistan.  The soldiers are with a Canadian team that is mentoring Afghan troops in Zhari. Daily skirmishes are fought for control of the area, where the hardline Taliban movement originated in the early 1990s. Sept. 29, 2008. DREW BROWN/STARS AND STRIPES