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'Lifting' the Afghan National Army — literally

Andrew Burton / Reuters

A soldier with the U.S. Army's Bravo Company, 1st Battalion, 36th Infantry Regiment bench-presses an Afghan National Army soldier before a patrol near Command Outpost AJK (short for Azim-Jan-Kariz, a nearby village) in Maiwand District, Kandahar Province on Jan. 24, 2013.

U.S. troops in Afghanistan will move into a support role starting this spring, President Barack Obama announced earlier this month, setting the stage for a further reduction of coalition forces. Some 66,000 U.S. troops are currently in Afghanistan.

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