We’re Still at War: Photo of the Day for February 11, 2011

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An Iraqi soldier’s goggles catch the reflection of U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Kevin Murphy, left, as he instructs Iraqi soldiers of 2nd Battalion, 11th Brigade, 3rd Iraqi Army Division, on individual movement techniques at the Ghuzlani Warrior Training Center, Feb 2. Murphy and fellow Soldiers of 1st Squadron, 9th Cavalry Regiment, 4th Advise and Assist Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division, run Iraqi battalions through 25-day training cycles at the GWTC in order to teach them collective unit-level warfighting drills in order to bolster IA independence on national defense operations. U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Shawn Miller

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