Michael Yon is a former Green Beret who has been reporting from Iraq and Afghanistan since December 2004. You can find his dispatches at MichaelYon-online.com.

Today there were some attacks far away in Kabul. The attacks meant practically nothing from a military perspective but they garnered much press. We’ve seen this unfold many times in many places. Another case of little bang, big media.

The images in this dispatch were made during recent combat operations in the Zhary District of Kandahar Province.

Looking at the young faces, one might never guess how many firefights had been happening around here in the past day.

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