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Afghan Soldiers run Patrol Base, secure local area

2/22/2012 By Sgt. Jacob H. Harrer , 2nd Marine Division

HANJAR YAK, Helmand Province, Afghanistan — When Sgt. Zachary T. Harding and his squad of Marines arrived at the patrol base several weeks ago, they thought they would be training a squad of Afghan National Army soldiers.
However, the Marines discovered a highly proficient and hospitable group of ANA soldiers who were able to function independently, explained Harding, a squad leader with 2nd Platoon, India Company, 3rd Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment.

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