An officer with the Afghan National Police patrols through the main street of Baraki Barak with an RPG on a joint patrol with soldiers from the 3rd Combat Brigade 10th Mountain Division in Afghanistan's Logar province Saturday May 2, 2009. American forces often patrol with the ANP in an attempt to give it an "Afghan face" and to help strengthen Afghanistan's ability to maintain security on their own. The Logar and Wardak region saw a heavy anti-coalition resurgence last year marking the worst since the war began in 2001 for deaths among NATO forces. In an attempt to secure Kabul from falling back into the hands of the Taliban, the US bolstered the number of forces with the deployment of the 3rd Combat Brigade 10th Mountain Division in nearby Wardak and Logar Province, about 30 minutes from the capital, from approximately 500 troops last year to 3000 this year. The brigade is the first substantial illustration of the U.S.'s new military focus in Afghanistan.  (image by David Goldman)
An officer with the Afghan National Police patrols through the main street of Baraki Barak with an RPG on a joint patrol with soldiers from the 3rd Combat Brigade 10th Mountain Division in Afghanistan's Logar province Saturday May 2, 2009. American forces often patrol with the ANP in an attempt to give it an "Afghan face" and to help strengthen Afghanistan's ability to maintain security on their own. The Logar and Wardak region saw a heavy anti-coalition resurgence last year marking the worst since the war began in 2001 for deaths among NATO forces. In an attempt to secure Kabul from falling back into the hands of the Taliban, the US bolstered the number of forces with the deployment of the 3rd Combat Brigade 10th Mountain Division in nearby Wardak and Logar Province, about 30 minutes from the capital, from approximately 500 troops last year to 3000 this year. The brigade is the first substantial illustration of the U.S.'s new military focus in Afghanistan.
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