Afghanistan's security bubble

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Soldiers of 3rd Platoon, Comanche Company 1st of the 501st Parachute Infantry Regiment out of Fort Richardson Alaska prepare to move onto a village located close to the border with Pakistan on March 31, 2012. The American soldiers took part in a joint 4-day mission with members of the Afghan National Army in the mountains that overlook the border with Pakistan with the purpose of surveying 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