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In this April 10, 2013 photo released by the U.S. Army, soldiers assigned to Charlie Company, 1st Battalion, 38th Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division provide security for a hasty patrol base in the Registan Desert in Kandahar province, Afghanistan during a two-day operation to deter insurgents and clear the area of explosives caches. The Taliban have announced they will launch their spring offensive on Sunday, April 28, 2013 signaling plans to step up attacks as the weather warms across Afghanistan, making both travel and fighting easier. (AP Photo/Sgt. Kimberly Hackbarth, U.S. Army)