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Winning hearts and minds in Afghanistan

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The Nuristan Provincial Reconstruction Team (PRT) is tasked with trying to win the hearts and minds of Afghans by providing low-cost community projects such as clinics, schools, and fresh water supplies. Two helicopters carrying 60 PRT team members including Commander George Perez (r.) and 1st Sargeant Willie Mitchell (l.) arrive at Barge Matal, in the far north of Nuristan, for a day of meeting with the shura (elders) of the village about what projects the local leaders might want and to set up a medical clinic. This marks the first stage in setting up development projects within the village.

PHOTO: Danna Harman/The Christian Science Monitor

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