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US Marines pack up in Afghanistan as Taliban wages spring offensive

It's the beginning of the end of an era for U.S. Marines stationed in Afghanistan.

By Jim Maceda, Correspondent, NBC News
May 11, 2013

It was the summer of 2012 and the most dangerous part of the mission – when soldiers get complacent and make mistakes. So, even in 130-degree heat, Cpl. Randy Derstine and his men of the 1st Battalion, 8th Marines, patrolled hard in the mountainous, heavily disputed Kajaki Dam area of Helmand province

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