We’re Still at War: Photo of the Day for September 3, 2009

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U.S. Army Command Sgt. Maj. Jimmy Carabello, of Ft. Drum, N.Y., shows Afghan children how to exchange the informal ‘fist bump’ greeting while on a patrol through the streets of Asadabad city in Kunar province, Afghanistan, Aug. 19. Carabello is deployed with 1st Battalion, 32nd Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division, which is currently serving as part of Task Force Mountain Warrior. Photo by Staff Sgt. Andrew Smith

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