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U.S. troops rest, cook and play on Afghan base

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U.S. Army Pvt. Tyler Cannon of Maine, 19, left, and his comrades from First Battalion, 502nd Infantry Regiment, 101st Airborne Division, rest after a patrol in Panjwai district, Afghanistan's Kandahar province on Tuesday.

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US Army Spc. Brandon Wellington of North Carolina from First Battalion, 502nd Infantry Regiment, 101st Airborne Division cooks dinner at their base in Panjwai district, Afghanistan's Kandahar province on Tuesday.

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U.S. Army 1st Lt. Jonathan Rezendes of Mass., from First Battalion, 502nd Infantry Regiment, 101st Airborne Division, plays with a ball.

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