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The silhouette of a MARSOC Marine prepares a 240 Bravo Medium Machine gun just before leaving for a CRP through Farah province, Feb 28. Afghan national army from the 2/2/207th Kandak, Italian Army Operational Mentoring Liaison Team and Marines from the Marine Special Operation Command conduct a combat reconnaissance patrol through the mountainous region of Farah. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Nicholas Pilch)

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A curious Afghan girl peeks out from her stoop while her male family members receive items from ANA soldiers while a MARSOC Marine holds security in the village of Ranj Bala, Farah province, Feb 28. Afghan national army from the 2/2/207th Kandak, Italian Army Operational Mentoring Liaison Team and Marines from the Marine Special Operation Command conduct a combat reconnaissance patrol through the mountainous region of Farah.

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Afghan national army from the 2/2/207th Kandak, Italian Army Operational Mentoring Liaison Team and Marines from the Marine Special Operation Command conduct a combat reconnaissance patrol around the mountains of Bagwa, Farah province, Afghanistan, Feb 26. During the CRP the teams were lead by the ANA and they dropped off supplies to a school in Dizak, continued on through the mountains of Bagwa conducting route reconnaissance while getting eyes on the mountain terrain and while conducting the route recon the teams received small arms contact. No injuries occurred during the two-day CRP. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Nicholas Pilch)

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A MARSOC Marine and CJSOTF Soldier move to a higher position after coalition forces received smalls arms fire during a route recon patrol through the hills of Farah province, Feb 26. Afghan national army from the 2/2/207th Kandak, Italian Army Operational Mentoring Liaison Team and Marines from the Marine Special Operation Command conduct a combat reconnaissance patrol through the mountainous region of Farah. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Nicholas Pilch)

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A MARSOC Marine holds security while coalition forces set up camp for the evening in the hills of Farah province, Feb 25. Afghan national army from the 2/2/207th Kandak, Italian Army Operational Mentoring Liaison Team and Marines from the Marine Special Operation Command conduct a combat reconnaissance patrol through the mountainous region of Farah. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Nicholas Pilch)
 

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A MARSOC Marine takes cover as a sand storm approaches the Village of Ranje Bala, Farah province, Afghanistan Feb 28. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Nicholas Pilch)

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MARSOC Marines juggle pins during some much needed down time at a Garrison in Farah province, March 8. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Nicholas Pilch)

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A MARSOC Marine holds security around a humanitarian aide site in the Village of Ranje Bala, Farah province, Afghanistan, Feb 28. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Nicholas Pilch)
 

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Afghan national army soldiers receive humanitarian aide supplies for Aka Sadiq at a drop site during a three-day combat reconnaissance patrol in Farah Province, Bala Baluk District, Afghanistan, March 30. The coalition forces started the three-day CRP lead by the ANA with a dismounted patrol through Suji, Peyo and Pasaw, an air drop of humanitarian aide supplies for Aka Sadiq and a route recon through the mountainous terrain of eastern Bala Baluk.

A MARSOC Marine pulls security near a poppy field in Peyo as Afghan national army soldiers and Marine Special Operation Command Marines patrol through the village in Farah province, Bala Baluk District, Afghanistan, March 29. The coalition forces started the three-day CRP lead by the ANA with a dismounted patrol through Suji, Peyo and Pasaw, an air drop of humanitarian aide supplies for Aka Sadiq and a route recon through the mountainous terrain of eastern Bala Baluk.

Afghan national army soldiers sit in a class put on by Marine Special Operation Command 1st Battalion, Marine Special Operation Company Bravo Marines in preparation for a three-day combat reconnaissance patrol through the mountainous and flat planes of Farah Province, Bala Baluk District March 28. The three-day CRP will be lead by the ANA and give ANA soldiers and MARSOC Marines a chance to interact with the local population and see parts of the province that coalition forces haven't been to in a few years.

A MARSOC Marine climbs down the side of a mountain during a dismounted patrol through some mountains east of highway one during a three-day combat reconnaissance patrol in Farah province, Bala Baluk District, Afghanistan, March 31. The coalition forces started the three-day CRP lead by the ANA with a dismounted patrol through Suji, Peyo and Pasaw, an air drop of humanitarian aide supplies for Aka Sadiq and a route recon through the mountainous terrain of eastern Bala Baluk.
 

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MARSOC Marines take a knee in a wheat field in Suji as Afghan national army soldiers and Marine Special Operation Command Marines patrol through the village in Farah province, Bala Baluk District, Afghanistan, March 29. The coalition forces started the three-day CRP lead by the ANA with a dismounted patrol through Suji, Peyo and Pasaw, an air drop of humanitarian aide supplies for Aka Sadiq and a route recon through the mountainous terrain of eastern Bala Baluk.

Afghan national army soldiers and Marine Special Operation Command Marines prepare to receive humanitarian aide supplies at a drop site during a three-day combat reconnaissance patrol in Farah province, Bala Baluk District, Afghanistan, March 30. The coalition forces started the three-day CRP lead by the ANA with a dismounted patrol through Suji, Peyo and Pasaw, an air drop of humanitarian aide supplies for Aka Sadiq and a route recon through the mountainous terrain of eastern Bala Baluk.

Afghan national army soldiers and Marine Special Operation Command Marines discuss security for a remain over night site during a three-day combat reconnaissance patrol in Farah province, Bala Baluk District, Afghanistan, March 29. The coalition forces started the three-day CRP lead by the ANA with a dismounted patrol through Suji, Peyo and Pasaw, an air drop of humanitarian aide supplies for Aka Sadiq and a route recon through the mountainous terrain of eastern Bala Baluk.
 

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As requested by Herr Ravage...


Afghan national army from the 2/2/207th Kandak, Italian Army Operational Mentoring Liaison Team and Marines from the Marine Special Operation Command conduct a combat reconnaissance patrol around the mountains of Bagwa, Farah province, Afghanistan Feb. 25. During the CRP the teams were lead by the ANA and they dropped off supplies to a school in Dizak, continued on through the mountains of Bagwa conducting route reconnaissance while getting eyes on the mountain terrain and while conducting the route recon the teams received small arms contact. No injuries occurred during the two-day CRP.


A Special Forces Soldier scans the terrain for threats during a fire fight in the mountains of Bagwa, Farah province, Afghanistan Feb. 25. MARSOC Marines and ANA conducted a three-day mission to scan the mountains for possible future routes and while on patrol the teams came under fire.


A Special Forces Soldier scans the terrain after a short night's sleep during a three-day mission through the mountains of Bagwa, Farah province, Afghanistan Feb. 25.


Afghan national army from the 2/2/207th Kandak, Italian Army Operational Mentoring Liaison Team and Marines from the Marine Special Operation Command convoy to Shawan Garrison, Farah Province, Afghanistan Feb. 27. During the convoy the Marines made a stop at a river pass that is used to access the garrison and inform the locals that were digging a canal that there would be a bridge in the area they were digging very soon.


Elders in the Village of Tamir sit and discuss security and future projects with ANA leadership and MARSOC Marines March 15.
 

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A MARSOC Marine Dog Handler holds security on the perimeter of Dizak, Farah Prov. Feb. 25 while ANA soldiers deliver school supplies to the village schools. Afghan national army from the 2/2/207th Kandak, Italian Army Operational Mentoring Liaison Team and Marines from the Marine Special Operation Command conduct a combat reconnaissance patrol through the mountainous region of Farah.


Afghan national army from the 2/2/207th Kandak, Italian Army Operational Mentoring Liaison Team and Marines from the Marine Special Operation Command conduct a combat reconnaissance patrol around the mountains of Bagwa, Farah province, Afghanistan Feb. 26. During the CRP the teams were lead by the ANA and they dropped off supplies to a school in Dizak, continued on through the mountains of Bagwa conducting route reconnaissance while getting eyes on the mountain terrain and while conducting the route recon the teams received small arms contact. No injuries occurred during the two-day CRP.
 

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That scenery must be breathtaking.

Some portions of the country are amazing. To me, the best is right after a rain or snow storm when the dust is gone. The place was once a fertile, lush region but numerous invasions capped by the Soviets have destroyed the irrigation systems. Still, some areas are making a comeback hence the photos you'll sometimes see of guys in woodland patterns.
 

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Some portions of the country are amazing. To me, the best is right after a rain or snow storm when the dust is gone. The place was once a fertile, lush region but numerous invasions capped by the Soviets have destroyed the irrigation systems. Still, some areas are making a comeback hence the photos you'll sometimes see of guys in woodland patterns.

Many built by the US back in the 50s/60s... :(
 

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Many built by the US back in the 50s/60s... :(

Alexander marched tens of thousands from Herat to Kandahar and lived mostly off the land! Mongols, Tamerlane, the Soviets, and others I've forgotten all destroyed the countryside. :(

We wonder why Afghans hate outsiders.
 
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