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GIs to Help Train Afghan National Army

Guard troops from 16 states will have a front-row seat as Afghanistan prepares for its presidential elections. The troops will make up a task force that will train the Afghan National Army. It is not a mission typically done by Guard troops, but was assigned to them because the Army is stretched thin by the war on terror. The deployment comes less than three months before Afghanistan’s first direct presidential election on Oct. 9. President Bush has called the elections “a critical step forward in Afghanistan’s transition to democracy.”Full Story

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