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    GARMSIR DISTRICT, Helmand province, Afghanistan — U.S. Marine 1st Lt. Ryan Anness speaks to local man while Afghan National Army soldiers search his compound here, Sept. 3. Anness is an artillery officer with Alpha Company, 1st Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment. Searching compounds was one of the many focuses of the five-day, battalion-sized clearing operation recently conducted in the Northern Battalion Security Area of 1/3’s area of operations. The partnered operation focused on clearing roads and searching villages where the concentration of coalition forces is low.

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