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Leading Afghan Fighters into a Fierce Battle

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Over the weekend, Capt. Michael Waldrop of the 41st Brigade led a platoon of Afghan soldiers in some of the fiercest fighting to take place in southern Afghanistan. Waldrop, who was wounded in the conflict, recounted three days of intense fighting around the small of village of Pashmul in the Kandahar province — with almost no sleep, no food, and little water.

The goal, he says, was to try to dislodge the Taliban from the town. Over the past two days, Coalition forces say they have killed some 70 militants. The Afghan National Army is participating in the fighting, accompanied by U.S. trainers who live and fight with the Afghans.

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