We’re Still at War: Photo of the Day for February 14, 2011

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A U.S. Army Special Forces Soldier, with Special Operations Task Force – South, scans the horizon for enemy activity in Shah Wali Kot District, Kandahar Province, Afghanistan during a clearing operation Feb. 8, 2011 alongside Afghan Commandos from 2nd Company, 3rd Commando Kandak. The commandos, along with District Chief of Police, Bacha Khan, detained 20 suspected insurgents for questioning. The partnered units also found 80 pounds of homemade explosives and various improvised explosive device making components on the operation. (U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Jeremy D. Crisp)(Released).

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