British Army soldiers from the 3rd Battalion The Parachute Regiment spearheaded a strike operation in the Maywand District of the Kandahar Province, setting the conditions for a permanent ISAF presence to support the Afghan National Government in their fight against the Taliban. Striking within one of Afghanistan's major opium producing areas, the Paratroopers were looking for weapons, drugs, and individuals related to the Taliban. During the operation about 70 kilogrammes of opium was seized and some weapons were recovered. (Getty Images)
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