The 82nd Airborne is a world famous division of the US Army and they are currently serving a tour of duty in Afghanistan. These images will try to explain just a little of what that involves. No matter what you think of war in general or the war in Afghanistan, hats off to the men and women serving on the ground, living with constant danger, in place far away from their loved ones.

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An Afghan girl walks past a U.S soldier on patrol in Kandahar province, southern Afghanistan. BAZ RATNER/REUTERS

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Afghan boys watch U.S. soldiers play volleyball against Afghan Police during an event in Hutal in Maiwand district, Kandahar province. BAZ RATNER/REUTERS

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U.S. soldiers walk through poppy field during joint mission with Afghan Army in Maiwand district in Kandahar province. BAZ RATNER/REUTERS

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Afghan army soldier walks through poppy field during joint mission with U.S. army soldiers in Maiwand. BAZ RATNER/REUTERS

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U.S. soldiers from Charlie troop, 4-73 Cavalry Regiment, 4th brigade, 82nd Airborne division smoke cigarettes before a joint mission with the Afghan Army in the Maiwand district in Kandahar province. BAZ RATNER/REUTERS

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U.S. soldiers from Charlie troop, 4-73 Cavalry Regiment, 4th brigade, 82nd Airborne division jumps over a ditch during a joint mission with the Afghan Army in the Maiwand district in Kandahar province. BAZ RATNER/REUTERS

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A U.S. soldier from Charlie troop, 4-73 Cavalry Regiment, 4th brigade, 82nd Airborne division uses night vision binoculars during a joint mission with the Afghan Army in the Maiwand district in Kandahar province. BAZ RATNER/REUTERS

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U.S. soldiers from Charlie troop, 4-73 Cavalry Regiment, 4th brigade, 82nd Airborne division look at maps before a joint mission with the Afghan Army in the Maiwand district. BAZ RATNER/REUTERS

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A U.S. Army soldier conducts a search mission in an Afghan compound during a joint mission with the Afghan Army in Kandahar province, southern Afghanistan. BAZ RATNER/REUTERS

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An Afghan man claiming he was shot by the Taliban is treated by U.S. soldiers from 4-73 Cavalry Regiment, 4th brigade, 82nd Airborne division, in an aid station in Forward Operating Base Hutal. BAZ RATNER/REUTERS

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U.S. soldiers attend a special Easter meal at Forward Operating Base Hutal in the Maiwand district of Kandahar province, southern Afghanistan. BAZ RATNER/REUTERS

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U.S. Army soldiers carry an injured comrade to a helicopter during a firefight with Taliban during a mission in the Maiwand district of Kandahar province. BAZ RATNER/REUTERS

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U.S. Army soldiers treat an injured comrade during a firefight with Taliban during a mission in the Maiwand district of Kandahar province. BAZ RATNER/REUTERS

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U.S. Army soldiers carry an injured comrade to a helicopter during a firefight with Taliban during a mission in the Maiwand district of Kandahar province. BAZ RATNER/REUTERS

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A U.S. Army soldier checks his gear before a mission in the Maiwand district of Kandahar province, southern Afghanistan. BAZ RATNER/REUTERS

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U.S. Army soldiers use night vision devices during a mission in the Maiwand district of Kandahar province. BAZ RATNER/REUTERS

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U.S. Army soldiers break a new firing position in a wall during a mission in the Maiwand district of Kandahar province, southern Afghanistan. BAZ RATNER/REUTERS

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An Afghan family sits in a field outside their home during a search by U.S. Army soldiers in the Maiwand district of Kandahar province, southern Afghanistan. BAZ RATNER/REUTERS

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A U.S. Army soldier prepares a machine gun during a mission in the Maiwand district of Kandahar province, southern Afghanistan. BAZ RATNER/REUTERS

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U.S. Army dog handler Yoder is treated by Private first class Groninger after sustaining injuries during fire exchange with Taliban fighters in Maiwand district. BAZ RATNER/REUTERS

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Injured U.S. Army dog handler Yoder and his dog Bart are evacuated in helicopter during a mission in the Maiwand district in Kandahar province. BAZ RATNER/REUTERS

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U.S. Army soldiers from 4-73 Cavalry Regiment, 82nd Airborne Division, fire a mortar during a firefight with Taliban while on a mission in Zhary district of Kandahar province. BAZ RATNER/REUTERS

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A U.S. Army soldier from 4-73 Cavalry Regiment, 82nd Airborne Division fires a Carl Gustav recoilless rifle during a firefight with Taliban while on a mission in Zhary district of Kandahar province. BAZ RATNER/REUTERS

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A U.S. Army soldier from 4-73 Cavalry Regiment, 82nd Airborne Division carries out an identification check on an Afghan man with a biometric device during a mission in Zhary district of Kandahar province. BAZ RATNER/REUTERS

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A U.S. Army soldier from 4-73 Cavalry Regiment, 82nd Airborne Division is silhouetted as he keeps watch during a mission in Zhary district of Kandahar province. BAZ RATNER/REUTERS

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U.S. Army soldiers from 4-73 Cavalry Regiment, 82nd Airborne Division walk during a mission in Zhary district of Kandahar province. BAZ RATNER/REUTERS

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U.S. Army soldiers from 4-73 Cavalry Regiment, 82nd Airborne Division run for cover as they are fired upon by Taliban fighters during a mission in Zhary district of Kandahar province. BAZ RATNER/REUTERS

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A U.S. Army soldier from 4-73 Cavalry Regiment, 82nd Airborne Division fires his M203 grenade launcher during a firefight with the Taliban during a mission in Zhary district of Kandahar province. BAZ RATNER/REUTERS

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U.S. soldiers from 4-73 Cavalry Regiment, 82nd Airborne keep watch during a mission in Zhary district in Kandahar province, southern Afghanistan. BAZ RATNER/REUTERS

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A U.S. Soldier from 4-73 Cavalry Regiment, 82nd Airborne Division keeps watch during a mission at Zhary district in Kandahar province. BAZ RATNER/REUTERS

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Afghan girls watch as a US soldier patrols in Zharay district in Kandahar province. BAZ RATNER/REUTERS

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US and Afghan soldiers patrol in Zharay district in Kandahar province, southern Afghanistan. BAZ RATNER/REUTERS

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US and Afghan soldiers patrol in Zharay district in Kandahar province, southern Afghanistan. BAZ RATNER/REUTERS

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US and Afghan soldiers patrol in Zharay district in Kandahar province, southern Afghanistan. BAZ RATNER/REUTERS

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A U.S. soldier patrols in Zharay district in Kandahar province, southern Afghanistan. BAZ RATNER/REUTERS

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US and Afghan soldiers patrol in Zharay district in Kandahar province, southern Afghanistan. BAZ RATNER/REUTERS

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A US soldier patrols in Zharay district in Kandahar province, southern Afghanistan. BAZ RATNER/REUTERS

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US and Afghan soldiers patrol in Zharay district in Kandahar province, southern Afghanistan. BAZ RATNER/REUTERS

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A U.S. soldier from 3rd platoon Bronco troop 5-20 infantry Regiment observes with Afghan national Army soldiers during a patrol while attached to 82nd Airborne patrol in Zharay district. BAZ RATNER/REUTERS

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U.S. and Afghan soldiers patrol in Zharay district in Kandahar province, southern Afghanistan. BAZ RATNER/REUTERS

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US and Afghan soldiers patrol in Zharay district in Kandahar province, southern Afghanistan. BAZ RATNER/REUTERS

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A U.S. soldier from 3rd platoon Bronco troop 5-20 infantry Regiment attached to 82nd Airborne wades through a stream in Afghanistan. BAZ RATNER/REUTERS

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U.S. soldiers from 3rd platoon Bronco troop 5-20 infantry Regiment attached to 82nd Airborne patrol with Afghan national Army soldiers in Zharay district. BAZ RATNER/REUTERS

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U.S. soldiers from 3rd platoon Bronco troop 5-20 infantry Regiment attached to 82nd Airborne kneel in a field while on patrol with Afghan national Army soldiers in Zharay district. BAZ RATNER/REUTERS

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US soldiers patrol in Zharay district in Kandahar province, southern Afghanistan. BAZ RATNER/REUTERS

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US soldiers patrol in Zharay district in Kandahar province, southern Afghanistan. BAZ RATNER/REUTERS

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An Afghan man walks though a poppy field in Zharay district in Kandahar province, southern Afghanistan. BAZ RATNER/REUTERS

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A U.S. soldier from 5-20 infantry Regiment attached to 82nd Airborne walks on top of a Striker armored personnel carrier in Zharay district in Kandahar province. BAZ RATNER/REUTERS

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U.S. soldier points his rifle after coming under fire in Zharay district in Kandahar province, southern Afghanistan. BAZ RATNER/REUTERS

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U.S. soldier points his rifle after coming under fire in Zharay district in Kandahar province, southern Afghanistan. BAZ RATNER/REUTERS

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U.S. soldiers enter a barn in Zharay district in Kandahar province, southern Afghanistan. BAZ RATNER/REUTERS

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An Afghan boy watches a U.S. soldier on patrol in Zharay district in Kandahar province, southern Afghanistan. BAZ RATNER/REUTERS

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An U.S. Army Explosive Ordnance Disposal Technician looks at an intentional detonation in Zharay district in Kandahar province, southern Afghanistan. BAZ RATNER/REUTERS

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An Afghan army soldier holds a pressure plate used to detonate an explosive device in Zharay district in Kandahar province, southern Afghanistan. BAZ RATNER/REUTERS

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A U.S. sniper takes a position in Zharay district in Kandahar province, southern Afghanistan. BAZ RATNER/REUTERS

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A U.S. Army Officer walks through a poppy field while on patrol in Zharay district in Kandahar province, southern Afghanistan. BAZ RATNER/REUTERS

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U.S. soldiers walk on patrol in Zharay district in Kandahar province, southern Afghanistan. BAZ RATNER/REUTERS

Apr 29, 2012