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As drawdown approaches, U.S. commanders in Afghanistan reluctant to leave

By Rajiv Chandrasekaran, Saturday, July 30, 7:23 PM

Garmser, Afghanistan — This farming district along the Helmand River, once one of the most Taliban-saturated corners of southern Afghanistan, has turned so quiet over the past three months that some U.S. Marines here quietly wish for a gunfight. “Just to get off a few rounds,” said one, “so we can feel like Marines.”

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