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Photo: Alaska soldier fights Taliban

...Marine Cpl. Bobby Orr of Fairbanks, with 3rd Platoon, Bravo Company, 1st Battalion 5th Marines, returns fire Sunday in Nawa district, Helmand province, southern Afghanistan. Taliban militants opened up on the Marine patrol using assault rifles...

http://www.juneauempire.com/stories/100609/sta_501641914.shtml
Are Afghan forces ready to go it alone?

...the Afghan government assumed responsibility to providing security in three districts in Helmand province - Marja, Nad Ali and Nawa - as well as Balkh, Daikondi, Takhar, Nimroz, Samangan and Kabul provinces.Saleh Mohammad, a resident of the Nad Ali...

http://juneauempire.com/opinion/2012-01-12/are-afghan-forces-ready-go-it-alone
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Petraeus has answers on Afghanistan, based on hope

...link "ink spots" areas cleared of Taliban in rural Helmand districts such as Nawa and Marjah. The U.S. military wants to transition partial responsibility for Nawa to Afghan civilian and military personnel by next summer. But that goal is undercut...

http://www.juneauempire.com/stories/122210/opi_759955019.shtml
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