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Marines battle to educate Afghan children

Commanders say it's a cornerstone of their strategy to defeat the insurgency

Written by
Gretel C. Kovach
4:27 p.m., Sept. 5, 2011

The end-of-summer, back-to-school ritual familiar to generations of American students is becoming a way of life for swelling numbers of children in the most war-torn corners of Afghanistan, thanks in large part to the U.S. military.

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