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Cpl. Rob Reese, a civil affairs Marine with 3rd Battalion, 6th Marines, climbs out of a creek in Marjah, Afghanistan, last week after dumping bags of ammonium nitrate that the Marines had discovered while searching a house. The chemicals can be used for fertilizer, but were banned by the Afghan government because they can be used to make improvised explosive devices. Dan Lamothe//Staff

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I'm a senior writer with Marine Corps Times, covering ground warfare, manpower, weapons acquisition and other beats. I embedded in Afghanistan in spring 2010, and plan to return at least once in 2011.

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