We’re Still at War: Photo of the Day for October 27, 2010

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U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Richard Thomas, left, congratulates an Iraqi soldier graduating from an equipment training course on Joint Security Station Al Rashid in Baghdad, Oct. 7, 2010. Thomas, who helped instruct the Iraqi soldiers, is an armor crewman assigned to the 3rd Infantry Division’s 3rd Battalion, 69th Armor Regiment, 1st Advise and Assist Brigade. U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Mary S. Katzenberger

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