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This Sept. 7, 2011, file photo shows a U.S. Marine sweeping for land mines in Helmand Province of southern Afghanistan. The shrinking US combat role in Afghanistan has had the unwanted effect of giving insurgents more time and space to plan deadlier attacks using bigger improvised bombs. So while the number of attacks has declined, attacks are more lethal, Pentagon officials say. (AP Photo/Rafiq Maqbool, File)