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April 11, 2011
Camp Phoenix, Helmand Province, Afghanistan
K ABUL, Afghanistan (AP) -- Frustration with the international community has been running particularly high in Afghanistan in recent weeks, following the publicity around a trial of U.S. soldiers charged with murdering Afghan civilians for sport and the burning of a Quran by a Florida pastor. The Quran burning sparked countrywide demonstrations, including a protest in the northern city of Mazar-e-Sharif, in which gunmen stormed a U.N. compound, killing three staffers and four Nepalese guards. In Kabul, a team of suicide bombers tried to breach the front gate at Camp Phoenix, an American military base, said Mohammed Zahir, chief of the criminal investigation division of the Kabul police. One detonated his explosives at the gate of the camp, another managed to get about five yards inside the gate before setting off his device, and the other two were shot and killed by guards before they could enter, he said. Agence France-Presse photographer Peter Parks has been with the soldiers of Camp Phoenix in recent weeks. ( 23 images)

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U.S. Marines from 3rd Battalion 2nd Marine Regimental Combat Team 8 return to Camp Phoenix from a patrol near the town of Musa Qala in Helmand province in southern Afghanistan on April 11, 2011. Afghanistan said recently its forces would take over security in areas including the Helmand capital from NATO this summer, launching a transition as foreign troops plan an exit by the end of 2014. AFP/ Getty Images / Peter Parks


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A U.S. Marine from 3rd Battalion 2nd Marine Regimental Combat Team 8 walks on top of a watchtower at Camp Phoenix near the town of Musa Qala in Helmand province in southern Afghanistan on April 11, 2011. AFP/ Getty Images / Peter Parks



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U.S. Navy Lieutenant Nate Stepp (R) and corpsman West Gorman practice the Marine Corps Martial Arts Program (MCMAP) at Camp Phoenix near the town of Musa Qala in Helmand province in southern Afghanistan on April 11, 2011. AFP/ Getty Images / Peter Parks



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A U.S. Marine from 3rd Battalion 2nd Marine Regimental Combat Team 8 returns to Camp Phoenix from a patrol near the town of Musa Qala in Helmand province in southern Afghanistan on April 11, 2011. AFP/ Getty Images / Peter Parks



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Afghan youths learn woodworking at a workshop at Camp Phoenix where U.S. Marines from 3rd Battalion 2nd Marine Regimental Combat Team 8 are based near the town of Musa Qala in Helmand province in southern Afghanistan on April 10, 2011. AFP/ Getty Images / Peter Parks



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Afghan youths learn metalwork at a workshop at Camp Phoenix where U.S. Marines from 3rd Battalion 2nd Marine Regimental Combat Team 8 are based near the town of Musa Qala in Helmand province. AFP/ Getty Images / Peter Parks



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Afghan children look into Camp Phoenix where U.S. Marines from 3rd Battalion 2nd Marine Regimental Combat Team 8 are based in southern Afghanistan on April 10, 2011. AFP/ Getty Images / Peter Parks



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Afghan residents cross a river by tractor near Camp Phoenix where U.S. Marines from 3rd Battalion 2nd Marine Regimental Combat Team 8 are based. AFP/ Getty Images / Peter Parks



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A U.S. Marine from 3rd Battalion 2nd Marine Regimental Combat Team 8 walks next to Afgan children in the town of Musa Qala in Helmand province in southern Afghanistan on April 9, 2011. AFP/ Getty Images / Peter Parks



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Afghan men walk by as U.S. Marines from 3rd Battalion 2nd Marine Regimental Combat Team 8 keep watch in the town of Musa Qala in Helmand province in southern Afghanistan on April 9, 2011. AFP/ Getty Images / Peter Parks



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A U.S. Marine from 3rd Battalion 2nd Marine Regimental Combat Team 8 talks to Afgan youths in the town of Musa Qala in Helmand province in southern Afghanistan on April 9, 2011. AFP/ Getty Images / Peter Parks



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U.S. Marines from 3rd Battalion 2nd Marine Regimental Combat Team 8 talk to an Afgan elder in the town of Musa Qala in Helmand province in southern Afghanistan on April 9, 2011 AFP/ Getty Images / Peter Parks



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U.S. Marine Sgt. Jessica Clymen (R) from Regimental Combat Team 8 shakes hands with a young Afghan girl in the town of Musa Qala in Helmand province on April 9, 2011. AFP/ Getty Images / Peter Parks



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U.S. Marine Sgt. Jessica Clymen (R) from Regimental Combat Team 8 keeps watch in the town of Musa Qala in Helmand province on April 9, 2011. AFP/ Getty Images / Peter Parks



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A U.S. Marine from 3rd Battalion 2nd Marine Regimental Combat Team 8 talks to Afgan children in the town of Musa Qala in Helmand province in southern Afghanistan on April 9, 2011. AFP/ Getty Images / Peter Parks



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U.S. Marine Lt. Matthew Minor from Regimental Combat Team 8 shows a photograph on the screen of a digital camera to a young Afghan boy in the town of Musa Qala in Helmand province on April 9, 2011. AFP/ Getty Images / Peter Parks



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An Afghan boy rides his bike in front of a U.S. Marine from Regimental Combat Team 8 in the town of Musa Qala in Helmand province on April 9, 2011. AFP/ Getty Images / Peter Parks



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A young Afghan girl looks up at a U.S. Marine from Regimental Combat Team 8 on a street in the town of Musa Qala in Helmand province on April 9, 2011. AFP/ Getty Images / Peter Parks



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Young Afghan boys eat ice cream on a street in the town of Musa Qala in Helmand province on April 9, 2011. AFP/ Getty Images / Peter Parks



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An Afghan girl collects water on a street in the town of Musa Qala in Helmand province on April 9, 2011. AFP/ Getty Images / Peter Parks



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An Afghan man makes traditional bread in the town of Musa Qala in Helmand province in southern Afghanistan on April 9, 2011. AFP/ Getty Images / Peter Parks



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Afghan men sell potatoes on a street in the town of Musa Qala in Helmand province on April 9, 2011. AFP/ Getty Images / Peter Parks



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Young Afghan children stand on a dirt road outside the town of Musa Qala in Helmand province on April 9, 2011. AFP/ Getty Images / Peter Parks



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