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Afghan army executes first big operation

Two Black Hawk helicopters swooped down into the makeshift base in the middle of a Taliban hotbed, and U.S. soldiers snapped salutes to the mission’s top general — an Afghan, not an American. Afghan officers, with a big assist from U.S. counterparts, planned and executed their first major operation as part of a monthlong offensive, taking a key step forward in the U.S. effort to build up Afghanistan’s army so it can secure the country on its own and let foreign troops leave. Full Story

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