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Soldier one moment, peacekeeper the next

The still night air is shattered by the deep thump of an exploding rocket-propelled grenade. For the six soldiers with Apache Company, 1st battalion 34th Armor regiment staked out on the roof of a derelict building beside the Khaldiyah river bridge, the elusive “RPG guy” has struck again. “Let’s go. Move,” orders Sgt. Spencer Hill, from Bremerton, Wash. A Bradley Fighting Vehicle clatters down the highway, halting briefly to pick up the soldiers. Moments later, as the Bradley approaches the scene of the RPG attack in the center of this ramshackle town, the intercom crackles, “There are two people running down the alley. Go get them.” The Bradley lurches to a stop, the rear ramp is lowered and the soldiers spill out. They move swiftly but cautiously down the gloomy alley, guns raised, eyes scanning the shadow- dappled houses on either side. Full Story

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