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FILE - This Sept. 7, 2011 file photo shows a U.S. Marine sweeping for land mines in the Helmand Province of southern Afghanistan. U.S. troops in Afghanistan have quietly achieved one small but important victory over the past year: They are finding and avoiding more improvised explosive devices, or IEDs, than a year ago. That's thanks to a surge in training, equipment and intelligence.  (AP Photo/Rafiq Maqbool, File)

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