August 26, 2013 1:42 PM

Even as U.S. hands over fight to Afghans, some troops still take fire

For weeks, the fierce duel playing out in the mountains of eastern Afghanistan between U.S. and insurgent artillery crews had been decidedly one-sided – deadly only for the Taliban. With better training and high-tech equipment, the Americans were so fast and accurate with return fire that shooting at them from the mountainsides overlooking their camp was practically suicidal. But a seemingly endless supply of insurgents replaced those they killed. The incoming fire continued. Finally a Taliban rocket found its mark.

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