From Boston.com’s Big Picture photo series. US Marines from 3rd Battalion 9th Marines Kodiak Company walk during a patrol at Kote Tazagul area in Marjah district in Helmand Province on May 24, 2011. A young Marine gives an Afghan boy a high-five as he passes him on the street. The counterinsurgency strategy that the United States has been pursuing for the last 3 years depends on building a sense of trust between national security forces and local communities.
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