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October 15, 2010
The Marines of India Battery
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) -- Three NATO troops were killed Friday in Afghanistan in a surge of attacks that raised the death toll to 17 in three days for international troops in the country. One service member died Friday in an insurgent attack in the east and another was killed by a roadside bomb in southern Afghanistan, an alliance statement said. It did not give nationalities or exact locations of the attacks. On Thursday, eight NATO troops were killed in a spate of attacks, including four separate roadside bombings. It has been the deadliest year for international forces in the nine-year Afghan conflict. Troop numbers have been ramped up to turn the screws on insurgents and casualties have mounted. The escalating toll -- more than 2,020 NATO deaths since the 2001 U.S.-led invasion -- has shaken the commitment of many alliance countries, with calls growing to start drawing down forces quickly. Getty Images photographer Scott Olson is with the Marines of India Battery, 3rd Battalion, 12th Marine Regiment who are responsible for securing the area near the Kajaki Dam on the Helmand River. (31 images)

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U.S. Marines with India Battery, 3rd Battalion, 12th Marine Regiment prepare to begin an early-morning patrol near Forward Operating Base (FOB) Zeebrugge on October 14, 2010 in Kajaki, Afghanistan. The Marines of India Battery, 3rd Battalion, 12th Marine Regiment are responsible for securing the area near the Kajaki Dam on the Helmand River. Getty Images / Scott Olson


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U.S. Marines from 2nd Platoon 2nd squad with India Battery, 3rd Battalion, 12th Marine Regiment pray before heading out on patrol at Forward Operating Base (FOB) Zeebrugge on October 15, 2010 in Kajaki, Afghanistan. The Marines of India Battery, 3rd Battalion, 12th Marine Regiment are responsible for securing the area near the Kajaki Dam on the Helmand River. Getty Images / Scott Olson



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Marine Cpl. Ryan Yeaton (R) of Maryland Heights, MO and other Marines with India Battery, 3rd Battalion, 12th Marine Regiment keep watch while on patrol near Forward Operating Base (FOB) Zeebrugge on October 15, 2010 in Kajaki, Afghanistan. Getty Images / Scott Olson



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Lyrics from a Misfits song, "Mommy, Can I Go Out And Kill Tonight?" decorate the helmet of Marine Cpl. Jonathan Eckert of Oak Lawn, IL attached to India Battery, 3rd Battalion, 12th Marine Regiment while on patrol near Forward Operating Base (FOB) Zeebrugge on October 15, 2010 in Kajaki, Afghanistan. The Marines of India Battery, 3rd Battalion, 12th Marine Regiment are responsible for securing the area near the Kajaki Dam on the Helmand River. Getty Images / Scott Olson



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U.S. Marine Cpl. Cale Lewandowski (R) of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, with India Battery, 3rd Battalion, 12th Marine Regiment follows behind Cpl. Michael Evans (L) also of Milwaukee and LCpl. Dylan Peterson of Loveland, Colorado as they check for improvised explosive devices (IEDs) with a metal detector while on patrol near Forward Operating Base (FOB) Zeebrugge on October 14, 2010 in Kajaki, Afghanistan. Getty Images / Scott Olson



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U.S. Marine Cpl. Kenneth Saeger of San Bernadino, California with India Battery, 3rd Battalion, 12th Marine Regiment passes an Afghanistan National Police (ANP) outpost while on patrol near Forward Operating Base (FOB) Zeebrugge on October 14, 2010 in Kajaki, Afghanistan. Getty Images / Scott Olson



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U.S. Marine with India Battery, 3rd Battalion, 12th Marine Regiment cross the Helmand River bridge in a Humvee following a patrol near Forward Operating Base (FOB) Zeebrugge on October 13, 2010 in Kajaki, Afghanistan. Getty Images / Scott Olson



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A young girl watches as U.S. Marines with India Battery, 3rd Battalion, 12th Marine Regiment patrol through her village near Forward Operating Base (FOB) Zeebrugge on October 13, 2010 in Kajaki, Afghanistan. Getty Images / Scott Olson



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Marines attached to India Battery, 3rd Battalion, 12th Marine Regiment chat with a young boy during a patrol near Forward Operating Base (FOB) Zeebrugge on October 13, 2010 in Kajaki, Afghanistan. Getty Images / Scott Olson



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Marine Cpl. Jonathan Eckert of Oak Lawn, IL attached to India Battery, 3rd Battalion, 12th Marine Regiment shows villagers his iPod during a patrol near Forward Operating Base (FOB) Zeebrugge on October 13, 2010 in Kajaki, Afghanistan. Getty Images / Scott Olson



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An Afghanistan National Police (ANP) officer gives candy to children while on patrol with U.S. Marines with India Battery, 3rd Battalion, 12th Marine Regiment near Forward Operating Base (FOB) Zeebrugge on October 13, 2010 in Kajaki, Afghanistan. Getty Images / Scott Olson



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Villagers bring a man who was severely injured by a blast from an improvised explosive device (IED) to U.S. Marines attached to India Battery, 3rd Battalion, 12th Marine Regiment Afghani civilian for help near Forward Operating Base (FOB) Zeebrugge on October 13, 2010 in Kajaki, Afghanistan. The Marines were on patrol when they heard the explosion, shortly after villagers brought the victim to them for help. Getty Images / Scott Olson



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Family members watch as Navy corpsman HN Bryce Coleness from San Diego, CA working with the U.S. Marine Police Advisory Team attached to India Battery, 3rd Battalion, 12th Marine Regiment treats an Afghan civilian who was severely injured by a blast from an improvised explosive device (IED) near Forward Operating Base (FOB) Zeebrugge on October 13, 2010 in Kajaki, Afghanistan. The Marines were on patrol when they heard the explosion, shortly after villagers brought the victim to them for help. Getty Images / Scott Olson



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U.S. Marine Cpl. Michael Evans of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, attached to India Battery, 3rd Battalion, 12th Marine Regiment keeps watch as members of his squad treat an Afghani civilian who was severely injured by a blast from an improvised explosive device (IED) near Forward Operating Base (FOB) Zeebrugge on October 13, 2010 in Kajaki, Afghanistan. Getty Images / Scott Olson



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U.S. Marine LCpl. Dylan Peterson of Loveland, Colorado, attached to India Battery, 3rd Battalion, 12th Marine Regiment get lost in a cloud of dust from a MEDEVAC helicopter as he keeps watch while an Afghani civilian who was severely injured by a blast from an improvised explosive device (IED) was loaded aboard near Forward Operating Base (FOB) Zeebrugge on October 13, 2010 in Kajaki, Afghanistan. The Marines were on patrol when they heard the explosion, shortly after villagers brought the victim to them for help. Getty Images / Scott Olson



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U.S. Marine Cpl. Sean Shea of Boston, MA gives himself a haircut at Forward Operating Base (FOB) Zeebrugge on October 12, 2010 in Kajaki, Afghanistan. Shea is part of India Battery, 3rd Battalion, 12th Marine Regiment, which is responsible for securing the area around the Kajaki Dam. Getty Images / Scott Olson



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Marine Cpl. Jonathan Eckert of Oak Lawn, IL attached to India Battery, 3rd Battalion, 12th Marine Regiment goes for a swim in the reservoir above the Kajaki dam with his improvised explosive device (IED) sniffing dog Bee during a break in action at Forward Operating Base (FOB) Zeebrugge on October 12, 2010 in Kajaki, Afghanistan. Getty Images / Scott Olson



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Marine Cpl. Marcus Ferry of Hamburg, Iowa, attached to India Battery, 3rd Battalion, 12th Marine Regiment goes for a swim in the reservoir above the Kajaki damn during a break in action at Forward Operating Base (FOB) Zeebrugge on October 12, 2010 in Kajaki, Afghanistan. Getty Images / Scott Olson



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U.S. Marines with the Police Advisory Team attached to India Battery, 3rd Battalion, 12th Marine Regiment take up position in an empty compound during a patrol near Forward Operating Base (FOB) Zeebrugge on October 11, 2010 in Kajaki, Afghanistan. Getty Images / Scott Olson



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U.S. Marines attached to India Battery, 3rd Battalion, 12th Marine Regiment watch the enemy position during a firefight near Forward Operating Base (FOB) Zeebrugge on October 11, 2010 in Kajaki, Afghanistan. Getty Images / Scott Olson



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U.S. Marines attached to India Battery, 3rd Battalion, 12th Marine Regiment take cover during a firefight near Forward Operating Base (FOB) Zeebrugge on October 11, 2010 in Kajaki, Afghanistan. Getty Images / Scott Olson



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An Afghanistan National Police (ANP) officer opens fire with a machine gun on a Taliban position during a firefight alongside U.S. Marines with the Police Advisory Team attached to India Battery, 3rd Battalion, 12th Marine Regiment patrols through a field near Forward Operating Base (FOB) Zeebrugge on October 11, 2010 in Kajaki, Afghanistan. Getty Images / Scott Olson



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U.S. Marine Sgt. Hector Diaz of Modesto, CA with the Police Advisory Team attached to India Battery, 3rd Battalion, 12th Marine Regiment takes cover during a firefight near Forward Operating Base (FOB) Zeebrugge on October 11, 2010 in Kajaki, Afghanistan. Getty Images / Scott Olson



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U.S. Marines Pfc. Logan Harty (L) of Dixon, CA and LCpl. Jose Dehoyos from Fort Worth, TX attached to India Battery, 3rd Battalion, 12th Marine Regiment fire on an enemy position during a firefight near Forward Operating Base (FOB) Zeebrugge on October 11, 2010 in Kajaki, Afghanistan. Getty Images / Scott Olson



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U.S. Marines attached to India Battery, 3rd Battalion, 12th Marine Regiment cover their ears as a 500 pound bomb is dropped on an enemy position during a firefight near Forward Operating Base (FOB) Zeebrugge on October 11, 2010 in Kajaki, Afghanistan. Getty Images / Scott Olson



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U.S. Marines attached to India Battery, 3rd Battalion, 12th Marine Regiment use the distraction of a 500 pound bomb dropped on an enemy position to egress following a firefight near Forward Operating Base (FOB) Zeebrugge on October 11, 2010 in Kajaki, Afghanistan. Getty Images / Scott Olson



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U.S. Marine Cpl. Cale Lewandowski of Milwaukee, WI attached to India Battery, 3rd Battalion, 12th Marine Regiment relaxes following a patrol and firefight near Forward Operating Base (FOB) Zeebrugge on October 11, 2010 in Kajaki, Afghanistan. Getty Images / Scott Olson



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U.S. Marines Cpl. Benjamin Khan-Tritt (L) of Sacremento, CA and 1st Lt.Shaun Locklear (R) of Lumberton NC patrols with Marines attached to India Battery, 3rd Battalion, 12th Marine Regiment near Forward Operating Base (FOB) Zeebrugge on October 10, 2010 in Kajaki, Afghanistan. Getty Images / Scott Olson



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Marines from India Battery, 3rd Battalion, 12th Marine Regiment question an Afghani man during a patrol through a village near Forward Operating Base (FOB) Zeebrugge on October 10, 2010 near Kajaki, Afghanistan. Getty Images / Scott Olson



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A farmer watches U.S. Marines from India Battery, 3rd Battalion, 12th Marine Regiment patrol through his field near Forward Operating Base (FOB) Zeebrugge on October 10, 2010 in Kajaki, Afghanistan. Getty Images / Scott Olson



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U.S. Marine Capt. Tom Kearns of Bordentown, NJ attached to India Battery, 3rd Battalion, 12th Marine Regiment gets a fist bump while patrolling through a village near Forward Operating Base (FOB) Zeebrugge on October 9, 2010 near Kajaki, Afghanistan. Getty Images / Scott Olson



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