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In Afghanistan, Firefights 'Start With A Crack'

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In Afghanistan, Firefights 'Start With A Crack'

In Afghanistan, Firefights 'Start With A Crack'

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With pictures and words, NPR photographer and video journalist David Gilkey offers inside glimpses today of what it was like to be with U.S. Marines in southern Afghanistan for more than a week — a week when they ran into some heaving fighting with Taliban militia in Helmand Province.

On All Things Considered, he tells guest host Madeleine Brand about the sound of shots coming the Marines' way:

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And David marvels at the conditions the Marines have to endure:

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He's joined in the conversation by All Things Considered producer Graham Smith, who was with another group of Marines in Helmand last week.

Update at 4:30 p.m. ET. Here's a gallery of David's photos from his time with the Marines:

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