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'Vampire shift' for US soldiers in Afghanistan after sniper attacks

Tim Wimborne / Reuters

Soldiers from the U.S. Army's Alpha Company, 1-12 Infantry, 4th Brigade, 4th Infantry Division, prepare sandbags at night to reinforce the defenses at Combat Outpost Pirtle-King in Afghanistan's Kunar Province June 7.

Tim Wimborne / Reuters

A soldier from the U.S Army's Alpha Company, 1-12 Infantry, 4th Brigade, 4th Infantry Division, prepares sandbags at night to reinforce the defenses at Combat Outpost Pirtle-King in Afghanistan's Kunar Province June 7.

Tim Wimborne / Reuters

A soldier from the U.S. Army's Alpha Company, 1-12 Infantry, 4th Brigade, 4th Infantry Division, runs across open ground to avoid sniper fire at Combat Outpost Pirtle-King in Afghanistan's Kunar Province on June 7.

Baz Ratner / Reuters

More than ten years after the beginning of the war, Afghanistan faces external pressure to reform as well as ongoing internal conflicts.

 From Reuters: COMBAT OUTPOST PIRTLE-KING, Afghanistan - U.S. Staff-Sergeant Joshua Danison cranes his neck to survey jagged ridges vertical and black above him on the eastern edge of Afghanistan, then reels off the rules here for survival as a Chinook transport helicopter thumps away into the darkness.

"Welcome to Combat Outpost Pirtle-King. Here we only move around at night. If you must move in daytime, make sure you stay close in against the northern walls, as most attacks come from there," he says. "If you must move in the open, do it at a run." Continue reading this story here.

 

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