A long, tortuous patrol

By Staff Sgt. Marcus J. QuartermanJanuary 4, 2007

Their pathway is barely wide enough for the vehicles, with a precipitous drop just inches away.
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As the Soldiers ascend the mountains, the road becomes slippery with slush.
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Villagers come out to greet the Soldiers.
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The Soldiers stop for a rest to survey the area.
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Children watch the Soldiers from their cliff dwelling.
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Dwellings are built right into cliff faces.
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A Soldier gazes across a valley, where farmers have eked out a living in the rocky, terraced land.
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Soldiers and their Afghan interpreter descent a hill that looks more like a Martian crater.
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Not everyone is lucky enough to ride. The high altitude and long march keep the Soldiers fit and trim.
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Arrival at last in Gandar, where Soldiers meet with members of the Afghan National Police.
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