Afghanistan's security bubble

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Members of 3rd Platoon, Comanche Company 1st of the 501st Parachute Infantry Regiment rest after reaching the summit of a mountain after a 4-day mission with members of the Afghan National Army in the ridges that overlook the border with Pakistan. The purpose of the mission was to survey the area for possible insurgency activity as well as to search surrounding villages for possible weapons caches. The area is a well-known trafficking route for weapons and insurgents coming into Afghanistan from the lawless North Waziristan mountains of Pakistan. © Javier Manzano