We’re Still at War: Photo of the Day for December 2, 2009

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HELMAND PROVINCE, Afghanistan (Oct. 28, 2009)—Hospital Corpsman 3rd Class Nicolas Grey, assigned to Combined Anti-Armor Team 2, pauses during a patrol in Nawa District, Helmand Province, Afghanistan. 1st Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment is one of the ground combat elements deployed with Regimental Combat Team 7. (US Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. James Purschwitz.) This was also the photo for David Corn’s article on Barack Obama’s Afghan “surge.”

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