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October 12, 2009

More Troops For Afghanistan

As violence increases in Afghanistan, both American and Afghan leaders are deciding how many troops to dedicate to the fight. Army Captain James Kingfisher has just returned from almost a year in Afghanistan. He is a veteran of the Gulf War who was on the inactive reserve list and never thought he'd be called back up to duty. But at age 41, he got his orders.

James' job was to help train the Afghan Army. From reining in distracted young Afghan recruits, to finding himself in firefights with too few troops, James had a tough time accomplishing his missions. But James found refuge in his conversations with an Afghan officer, who shared his humor, as well as his frustrations. James talks with Dick Gordon about the challenges of friendship and fighting in the battle for Afghanistan.

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