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A British soldier with the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) asks questions from an Afghan man at his house during a patrol on the outskirts of Kabul on July 27, 2008. Britain has approximately 7,800 soldiers stationed in Afghanistan, most of whom are in Helmand, where the Islamist Taliban militia have been fighting a bloody insurgency since losing power in 2001. 111 British troops have been killed during operations in Afghanistan since 2001.  Photo by Shah Marai/Getty.

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