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US troops chip away at problems in Afghanistan

SLOW PROGRESS US soldiers are working to boost security ahead of next month's elections, but limited manpower means patience is required

AFP , NAKA DISTRICT, AFGHANISTAN

The man turned out to be woodcutter, hitching a lift to Naka to find out the price of logs. While the two-day patrol might have helped to bolster ties with local officials, it has failed to yield any arrests.

After questioning Zuruk police chief Ayaz and establishing the woodcutter's identity, Captain Geraci was sanguine.

"It takes 10 operations like this to catch one bad guy. And then it's all worth it," he said.

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