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US soldiers prepare for one of their last patrols in Iraq

Although this image shows a somewhat relaxed little slice of life from the field, there is something haunting to me about this picture in that I imagine the last several patrols these men and women carry out must be some of the longest and possibly most tense of their deployment. If it were me, I would constantly worry about something bad cropping up right before heading home. Hopefully things are less tense for them than what I have conjured in my head.

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