GOWRAGI, Helmand province, Islamic Republic of Afghanistan — Farid Ahmad, a squad leader with the 215th Corps, 1st Kandak, 1st Brigade, and member of the 3rd Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment, Combined Action Company, watches Afghan women and children walk out of the room of a compound in Gowragi, Afghanistan, so his fellow Afghan Army soldiers can search it during a clearing operation, Oct. 1, 2010. The clearing operation was followed by a sustained presence in the area. (Official Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Mark Fayloga)

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