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Photos of the Week: 7/26-8/1

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This week's edition includes a Canadian hitch-hiking robot, a British pier fire, Swiss Alpine wrestling, Irish Bog Snorkeling, German crop circles, and much more. [35 photos]

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Workers walk down stairs to a parking structure as water cascades down on them on the UCLA campus after flooding from a broken 30-inch water main under nearby Sunset Boulevard inundated a large area of the campus in the Westwood section of Los Angeles on July 29, 2014. The 30-inch (75-centimeter) 93-year-old pipe that broke made a raging river of the street and sent millions of gallons of water across the school's athletic facilities, including the famed floor of Pauley Pavilion, the neighboring Wooden Center and the Los Angeles Tennis Center, and a pair of parking structures that took the brunt of the damage. (AP Photo/Mike Meadows)
Workers walk down stairs to a parking structure as water cascades down on them on the UCLA campus after flooding from a broken 30-inch water main under nearby Sunset Boulevard inundated a large area of the campus in the Westwood section of Los Angeles on July 29, 2014. The 30-inch (75-centimeter) 93-year-old pipe that broke made a raging river of the street and sent millions of gallons of water across the school's athletic facilities, including the famed floor of Pauley Pavilion, the neighboring Wooden Center and the Los Angeles Tennis Center, and a pair of parking structures that took the brunt of the damage. (AP Photo/Mike Meadows)
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Death Toll in Gaza Climbs, Israel Calls up More Troops

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More than three weeks have passed since Israel launched its current offensive against Gaza, after a series of cross-border kidnappings and killings. In that time, Reuters reports that more than 1,400 Palestinians have been killed, nearly 7,000 wounded, the majority of them civilians. In Israel, 56 soldiers and 3 civilians have also lost their lives, another 400 wounded. The New York Times reports that Israel has struck 3,577 targets, while 2,753 rockets have been launched from Gaza into Israel. Today, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, facing international alarm over a rising civilian death toll in Gaza, said he would not accept any ceasefire that stopped Israel completing the destruction of militants' infiltration tunnels. Today, Israel called up another 16,000 reservists, allowing it to potentially widen its Gaza operation. Gathered here are images of the conflict from the past 9 days. Warning: Many of these photographs are graphic in nature. [40 photos]

Smoke and fire from the explosion of an Israeli strike rise over Gaza City on July 29, 2014. Israel escalated its military campaign against Hamas earlier this week, striking symbols of the group's control in Gaza and firing tank shells that shut down the strip's only power plant in the heaviest bombardment in the fighting so far. (AP Photo/Hatem Moussa)
Smoke and fire from the explosion of an Israeli strike rise over Gaza City on July 29, 2014. Israel escalated its military campaign against Hamas earlier this week, striking symbols of the group's control in Gaza and firing tank shells that shut down the strip's only power plant in the heaviest bombardment in the fighting so far. (AP Photo/Hatem Moussa)
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Hollywood Streets, 1979-1983

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In the late 1970s, Matt Sweeney dropped out of high school with dreams of becoming a movie maker. While working in gas stations and restaurants in San Jose, California, he found out about Francis Ford Coppola's Zoetrope education/training/intern program, and moved to Hollywood to pursue that. Matt wanted to work behind the camera, so he started practicing with a Nikon F2 camera, shooting Kodachrome slides. Inspired by photographers like Garry Winogrand, Minor White, and Elliott Erwitt, he set out to document the world around him on the streets of Hollywood, photographing scenes from 1979 through 1983, while hoping somehow to hit the big time. The internship never happened, and unfortunately, no production jobs materialized. At 21, Matt moved on, selling his equipment and working through college to do lab work. "I went to Hollywood to 'make it', but didn't, and ended up taking pictures of Hollywood, capturing scenes of others 'not making it' as well. It didn't escape me then and it doesn't now." Matt held onto the slides, now more than 30 years old, and has recently begun scanning and posting them on Tumblr. "The web makes it possible to leave some kind of record of my time and share it with people". Many thanks to Matt for sharing these images below, captions by the photographer. [29 photos]

Punk rock photographer and Hollywood denizen Rooh Steif on the bus in Hollywood. (© Matt Sweeney)
Punk rock photographer and Hollywood denizen Rooh Steif on the bus in Hollywood. (© Matt Sweeney)
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Scenes From 21st-Century China

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The People's Republic of China, the most populous country, and the second-largest economy, in the world, is a vast, dynamic nation that continues to grow and evolve. In this, the latest entry in a semi-regular series on China, a homemade 3-ton tank, a man inflating tires with his nose, a massive teapot-shaped building, nearsightedness-prevention devices, a replica Sphinx, and much more. This collection offers only a small view of people and places across the country over the past few months. [35 photos]

A resident walks along a railway track surrounded by trees on both sides, in Nanjing, Jiangsu province, on June 15, 2014. (Reuters/Stringer)
A resident walks along a railway track surrounded by trees on both sides, in Nanjing, Jiangsu province, on June 15, 2014. (Reuters/Stringer)
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Eid al-Fitr and the end of Ramadan 2014

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The Muslim three-day Eid al-Fitr festival, marking the end of the month of Ramadan, began today in parts of the world where sightings of the new moon were made. During Ramadan, the Islamic month of fasting, devout Muslims must abstain from food, drink, and sex from dawn until sunset. The fast, one of the five pillars of Islam, is seen as a time for spiritual reflection, prayers, and charity. After sunset, Muslims traditionally break the fast by eating three dates, performing the Maghrib prayer, and sitting down to Iftar, the main evening meal, where communities and families gather together. Gathered here are images of Muslims around the world observing Eid al-Fitr and Ramadan this year. [38 photos]

People ride in Bumper cars during an Eid celebration in Burgess Park in London, England, on July 28, 2014. The Muslim holiday Eid marks the end of 30 days of dawn-to-sunset fasting during the holy month of Ramadan. (Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)
People ride in Bumper cars during an Eid celebration in Burgess Park in London, England, on July 28, 2014. The Muslim holiday Eid marks the end of 30 days of dawn-to-sunset fasting during the holy month of Ramadan. (Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)
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Photos of the Week: 7/19-7/25

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This week's edition includes views of Washington state wildfires, continued violence in Gaza and Israel, competitors in the Tour de France, evictions from the world's tallest slum, a flamingo roundup, and much more. [35 photos]

Installation of the new Congress (2014-2018) at the Capitol in Bogota, Colombia, on July 20, 2014. Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos called it a "Congress of peace" and called on lawmakers to support an agenda for a "post-conflict nation." (Guillermo Legaria/AFP/Getty Images)
Installation of the new Congress (2014-2018) at the Capitol in Bogota, Colombia, on July 20, 2014. Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos called it a "Congress of peace" and called on lawmakers to support an agenda for a "post-conflict nation." (Guillermo Legaria/AFP/Getty Images)
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Final Voyage of the Costa Concordia

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More than two and a half years since it crashed near Isola del Giglio, Italy, the wreck of the Costa Concordia was successfully refloated this week, and has begun its final journey—a four-day trip to a scrap yard in Genoa. The cruise ship capsized after striking a reef on January 13, 2012, killing 32 passengers and crew members. The complex salvage operation was the largest and most expensive in history. Gathered here are images, including several interior shots, of the ship's time near Isola del Giglio—from the initial disaster to today's towing away of the Costa Concordia. [30 photos]

The wreck of the Costa Concordia cruise ship in front of the harbor of Isola del Giglio, Italy, after it was refloated using air tanks attached to its sides, on July 22, 2014. The Costa Concordia is now being towed away from the spot where it crashed on the night of January 13, 2012 in a disaster that killed 32 people. The ship's final journey for scrapping in the port of Genoa in northwest Italy is set to take four days. (Andreas Solaro/AFP/Getty Images)
The wreck of the Costa Concordia cruise ship in front of the harbor of Isola del Giglio, Italy, after it was refloated using air tanks attached to its sides, on July 22, 2014. The Costa Concordia is now being towed away from the spot where it crashed on the night of January 13, 2012 in a disaster that killed 32 people. The ship's final journey for scrapping in the port of Genoa in northwest Italy is set to take four days. (Andreas Solaro/AFP/Getty Images)
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Bloody Weekend in Gaza

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Sunday was the deadliest day yet in the recent battles in the Gaza Strip, capping a bloody weekend where more than a hundred Palestinians were killed, as well as 18 Israeli soldiers, following an Israeli advance into Gaza. Israel said on Sunday it had expanded its ground offensive, and Hamas militants kept up rocket fire into the Jewish state with no sign of a diplomatic breakthrough to end the worst fighting between Israel and Hamas in two years. The New York Times reports the death toll reaching at least 425 since Israel's air offensive began on July 8. gathered here are photographs of the conflict from just the past few days. Warning: Many of these photographs are graphic in nature. [42 photos]

A Palestinian woman wearing clothes stained with the blood of other relatives, who medics said were wounded in Israeli shelling, cries in a hospital in Gaza City on July 20, 2014. (Reuters/Mohammed Salem)
A Palestinian woman wearing clothes stained with the blood of other relatives, who medics said were wounded in Israeli shelling, cries in a hospital in Gaza City on July 20, 2014. (Reuters/Mohammed Salem)
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Photos of the Week: 7/12-7/18

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This has been a very eventful week. This edition features images from Ukraine, Israel, and Gaza, as well as other events large and small around the world. From Germany's victory in the World Cup, to Manhattanhenge, the Supermoon, Bastille Day, and much more. [40 photos]

The Supermoon rises over houses in Olvera, in the southern Spanish province of Cadiz, on July 12, 2014. Occurring when a full moon or new moon coincides with the closest approach the moon makes to the Earth, the Supermoon results in a larger-than-usual appearance of the lunar disk. (Reuters/Jon Nazca)
The Supermoon rises over houses in Olvera, in the southern Spanish province of Cadiz, on July 12, 2014. Occurring when a full moon or new moon coincides with the closest approach the moon makes to the Earth, the Supermoon results in a larger-than-usual appearance of the lunar disk. (Reuters/Jon Nazca)
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Typhoon Rammasun Slams Philippines

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Typhoon Rammasun, named after a thunder god, struck the Philippines yesterday, the strongest storm to hit the country this year, toppling trees and power lines and causing floods and blackouts. Philippine authorities evacuated almost 150,000 people from their homes and shuttered financial markets, government offices, businesses and schools. Residents and officials have now begun clearing debris, reconnecting power and rebuilding flattened houses. The typhoon, locally known as Glenda, killed at least 38 people, with another eight still missing, rescue officials said. [26 photos]

Fishing boats battered by heavy winds and rain brought by Typhoon Rammasun (locally named Glenda) as it hit the town of Imus, Cavite southwest of Manila, on July 16, 2014. Philippine authorities evacuated almost 150,000 people from their homes and shuttered financial markets, government offices, businesses and schools on Wednesday as typhoon Rammasun gathered strength and hit the capital, Manila. (Reuters/Erik De Castro)
Fishing boats battered by heavy winds and rain brought by Typhoon Rammasun (locally named Glenda) as it hit the town of Imus, Cavite southwest of Manila, on July 16, 2014. Philippine authorities evacuated almost 150,000 people from their homes and shuttered financial markets, government offices, businesses and schools on Wednesday as typhoon Rammasun gathered strength and hit the capital, Manila. (Reuters/Erik De Castro)
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45 Years Ago We Landed Men on the Moon

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Tomorrow will mark the 45th anniversary of the July 16, 1969 launch of Apollo 11, the NASA mission that first landed human beings on the Moon. Years of effort, dangerous experiments, and bold missions led up to the Moon landing, an event watched on live television by millions around the world. Astronauts Neil Armstrong, Michael Collins, and Edwin "Buzz" E. Aldrin left the Earth on a Wednesday, landed on the Moon on that Sunday, spent a bit more than two hours walking on its surface, deploying experiments and collecting samples, then splashed down safely in the Pacific Ocean the following Thursday, after 8 days off-planet. Collected here are 45 images of that historic mission, a "giant leap for mankind," 45 years ago. [45 photos]

Astronaut Buzz Aldrin, lunar module pilot, walks on the surface of the Moon near the leg of the Lunar Module (LM) "Eagle" during the Apollo 11 extravehicular activity on July 20, 1969. Astronaut Neil A. Armstrong, commander, took this photograph with a 70mm lunar surface camera. While astronauts Armstrong and Aldrin explored the Sea of Tranquility region of the Moon and astronaut Michael Collins, command module pilot, remained with the Command and Service Modules (CSM) "Columbia" in lunar orbit. (NASA)
Astronaut Buzz Aldrin, lunar module pilot, walks on the surface of the Moon near the leg of the Lunar Module (LM) "Eagle" during the Apollo 11 extravehicular activity on July 20, 1969. Astronaut Neil A. Armstrong, commander, took this photograph with a 70mm lunar surface camera. While astronauts Armstrong and Aldrin explored the Sea of Tranquility region of the Moon and astronaut Michael Collins, command module pilot, remained with the Command and Service Modules (CSM) "Columbia" in lunar orbit. (NASA)
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Sustainable Ranching in Colorado

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Steve Pargin, a third generation rancher, grazes his cattle on land leased from the U.S. Forest Service in southern Colorado. Pargin says he is dedicated to using the land sustainably in order to maximize its use for raising cattle, while preserving local wildlife and recreational opportunities. Several times a year, he and a crew, led by his head cowboy David Thompson, spend a week or more herding cattle from mountain range to mountain range to prevent them from causing damage to fragile ecosystems by staying in a single area too long. With ranchers' land rights issues in the news lately, Reuters photographer Lucas Jackson spent a week in Colorado last month, on a cattle drive documenting a modern example of a successful ranching operation, one that cares about stewardship of the land they rent and its ecological health. [19 photos]

Cowboy David Thompson carries the reins of a horse's headstall while preparing to gather cattle near Ignacio, Colorado, on June 10, 2014. (Reuters/Lucas Jackson)
Cowboy David Thompson carries the reins of a horse's headstall while preparing to gather cattle near Ignacio, Colorado, on June 10, 2014. (Reuters/Lucas Jackson)
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Photos of the Week: 6/28-7/11

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This week's edition covers the past two weeks (I skipped the July 4th Weekend), featuring Typhoon Neoguri, a red panda rescue, the running of the bulls in Spain, a five-meter tall toilet one can slide into, and a military-style boot camp to treat internet addiction in China, and much more. [35 photos]

A flaming fake bull "Toro de fuego" runs after revelers during the 2014 San Fermin fiestas in Pamplona, Spain on July 9, 2014. Revelers from around the world arrive to Pamplona every year to take part in some of the eight days of the running of the bulls. (AP Photo/Andres Kudacki)
A flaming fake bull "Toro de fuego" runs after revelers during the 2014 San Fermin fiestas in Pamplona, Spain on July 9, 2014. Revelers from around the world arrive to Pamplona every year to take part in some of the eight days of the running of the bulls. (AP Photo/Andres Kudacki)
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The 2014 World Cup, Part II

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Now that the Quarter-Finals and Semi-Finals have been decided, only two matches remain, with the Final of the 2014 FIFA World Cup—between Germany and Argentina—taking place on Sunday. Host nation Brazil suffered a stinging defeat on July 8, as Germany moved on to the Final with a score of 7-1. Gathered here are images from the last group of games, and some of the fans riding the emotional rollercoaster of cheering for their teams as they battled in Brazil, anticipating this weekend's final two matches. [39 photos]

An emotional Brazil fan reacts after being defeated by Germany 7-1 during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Semi Final match at Estadio Mineirao in Belo Horizonte, Brazil, on July 8, 2014. (Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)
An emotional Brazil fan reacts after being defeated by Germany 7-1 during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Semi Final match at Estadio Mineirao in Belo Horizonte, Brazil, on July 8, 2014. (Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)
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Israel and Hamas Trade Rocket Attacks, Tension Builds

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Over the past few days, Hamas militants in the Gaza Strip have been launching dozens of missiles into Israel, while Israeli forces have struck more than a hundred targets in Gaza, killing dozens. The Israeli army said its offensive, dubbed "Operation Protective Edge," is aimed at striking Hamas and ending the rocket fire that has intensified in recent weeks amid tensions over the killing of three Israeli teenagers and the apparent revenge killing of a Palestinian teenager. In a series of escalations, the Israeli army started new deployments at the border with the Gaza Strip, warning of a possible lengthy offensive, as Hamas pledged to continue the rocket attacks that have reached as far as Tel Aviv. [40 photos]

Smoke and flames are seen following what police said was an Israeli air strike in Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip on July 8, 2014. Israel bombarded dozens of targets in the Gaza Strip on Tuesday, stepping up what it said might become a long-term offensive against Islamist Hamas after a surge in Palestinian rocket attacks on Israeli towns. This latest round of attacks follows a series of kidnapping, killings and reprisals involving teenagers in Gaza ans Israel. (Reuters/Ibraheem Abu Mustafa)
Smoke and flames are seen following what police said was an Israeli air strike in Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip on July 8, 2014. Israel bombarded dozens of targets in the Gaza Strip on Tuesday, stepping up what it said might become a long-term offensive against Islamist Hamas after a surge in Palestinian rocket attacks on Israeli towns. This latest round of attacks follows a series of kidnapping, killings and reprisals involving teenagers in Gaza ans Israel. (Reuters/Ibraheem Abu Mustafa)
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Reenacting the Past

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One of the oldest forms of storytelling is that of re-enactment, donning the costumes of the story's subjects, miming their actions, performing a narrative before a live audience. This past year marked a number of significant anniversaries of historic conflicts, from the American Civil War to medieval European battles, to both World Wars and more. Collected here are recent performances from around the world (with a few anachronisms), covering a number of military events from recent centuries. [40 photos]

Members of historic clubs wearing WWI-era uniforms take part in a reenactment of a WWI battle at a historical festival marking the 100th anniversary of World War I in Kolomenskoye park in Moscow, Russia, on June 8, 2014. It is the first time that World War I events have been marked in the Soviet or post-Soviet Russia. (AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin)
Members of historic clubs wearing WWI-era uniforms take part in a reenactment of a WWI battle at a historical festival marking the 100th anniversary of World War I in Kolomenskoye park in Moscow, Russia, on June 8, 2014. It is the first time that World War I events have been marked in the Soviet or post-Soviet Russia. (AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin)
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Animals in the News

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It's time for another look at the animal kingdom and our interactions with the countless species that share our planet. Today's photos include a 366 lb tortoise, elderly pet care in Japan, a newborn Poison Dart frog, and fishing by firelight with cormorants. These images and many others are part of this roundup of animals in the news from recent months, seen from the perspectives of their human observers, companions, captors, and caretakers, part of an ongoing series on animals in the news. [32 photos]

In this May 29, 2014, photo, self-taught horse trainer Martin Tata kisses his horse Milonga as he performs a demonstration for The Associated Press on a ranch in San Antonio de Areco, Argentina. There is no whip in sight, no shouting or loud jabs. Not even a firm hand on the reins. And yet Martin Tatta somehow persuades his beloved Milonga to join him in acrobatic feats, from handstands to other poses that even the most understanding horses rarely display. (AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko)
In this May 29, 2014, photo, self-taught horse trainer Martin Tata kisses his horse Milonga as he performs a demonstration for The Associated Press on a ranch in San Antonio de Areco, Argentina. There is no whip in sight, no shouting or loud jabs. Not even a firm hand on the reins. And yet Martin Tatta somehow persuades his beloved Milonga to join him in acrobatic feats, from handstands to other poses that even the most understanding horses rarely display. (AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko)
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The Final Trip Home of Pfc. Aaron Toppen

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On June 9, 2014, during a security operation in southern Afghanistan, a unit of U.S. and Afghan soldiers was hit by a friendly fire airstrike, killing five Americans and one Afghan. One of the Americans was 19-year-old Private First Class Aaron Toppen, of Mokena, Illinois. A series of memorials and transfers then began, to return his body home to the U.S. for burial -- a sequence of events carried out some 2,200 times since the start of the war in Afghanistan. Once his remains arrived in Chicago, Getty Images photographer Scott Olson stayed with the family through the processions, visitations, services, and burial, documenting the final journey of one of the most recent soldiers to have died in Afghanistan. Pfc. Toppen, who had always wanted to join the Army, signed on last July, and had only arrived in Afghanistan this March. Today's entry is part of the ongoing series here on Afghanistan. [33 photos]

Jack Winter holds a picture of his nephew Aaron Toppen as family and friends gather to grieve at Toppen's mother's home on June 10, 2014 in Mokena, Illinois. Soldiers arrived at the home the night before to inform Pam Toppen that her 19-year-old son Aaron was one of five U.S and one Afghan soldiers killed in what is believed to be a friendly-fire incident during a firefight in Zabul Province. Afghanistan, on June 9, 2014. (Scott Olson/Getty Images)
Jack Winter holds a picture of his nephew Aaron Toppen as family and friends gather to grieve at Toppen's mother's home on June 10, 2014 in Mokena, Illinois. Soldiers arrived at the home the night before to inform Pam Toppen that her 19-year-old son Aaron was one of five U.S and one Afghan soldiers killed in what is believed to be a friendly-fire incident during a firefight in Zabul Province. Afghanistan, on June 9, 2014. (Scott Olson/Getty Images)
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