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June 22, 2009

Back From Afghanistan

More U.S. troops may soon be headed to Afghanistan under President Obama's new top commander in Afghanistan, Gen. Stanley McChrystal. Marine Sgt. Nicholas Fagerquist has just returned from there. Nick says the situation on the ground is tough: Over their seven-month deployment, his unit lost 12 Marines to IEDs and firefights. Nick is proud to have brought all of the Marines he led home safely. He's also proud of the work he did training Afghan National Police recruits in a remote area. Nick learned some Dari, the local language, to communicate with them better. He talks with Dick Gordon about what he saw and learned on his deployment about the challenges of serving in Afghanistan.

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