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January 25, 2010

Afghan-American Friendship

Last month, seven employees of the CIA in Afghanistan were killed by a suicide bomber, a Jordanian doctor who worked as a double agent. Since then, some soldiers have been wondering if genuine connections are possible during the war in Afghanistan.

When former US Army medic Col. Patrick McKenzie was sent to Afghanistan, he arrived with great skepticism about the Afghan people he'd be working with. He was assigned an Afghan translator, a young doctor named Dr. Sayed Alam. As the two men tell Dick Gordon, distrust eventually turned into humor, and then friendship. They say it's a story about the kind of trust that has to take root, if Americans and other NATO soldiers are really going to make a lasting difference in Afghanistan.

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